Today I’m going to share with you Ninjas how to make Harley Quinn’s ‘Bombshell’ bomber jacket. This tutorial is basically how I make most of my patches for cosplay!
- Bomber Jacket (You can make your own or buy one that resembles hers)
- White Fabric (I prefer matte white spandex, but white cotton will also work)
- Double-Sided Adhesive, like ‘Fuse’N Stick’ or ‘Wunder Under’ (this is used for applique – it is a heat-activated adhesive that comes attached to paper in large sheets. You can get it at any hobby store.)
- Pencils, pens, scissors
- Sharpies in the colors you’ll need (for this: black, red, yellow, and green)
- An iron and ironing board
Step 1: Draw your design on paper. I sketched her jacket design onto regular paper — the size I wanted the patch was larger that standard 8″ x 10″ computer paper, so I just taped a few pieces together to have a large enough sheet.
Step 2: I then traced over the pencil with a black pen to darken the lines. As you can see, I added a bit more detail into my design with the 6 bombs along the bottom – this is more similar to actual bomber jackets from the 1940s!
Step 3: Flip the paper over and RE-TRACE the lines onto the back side. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT — when you transfer the design to the Wonder Under, it needs to be the MIRROR IMAGE.
Step 4: Now, transfer the design (mirror image!) to the paper side of the Wonder Under. You can just trace the design by the laying the Wonder Under over the paper, duh. I do this in pencil so I can correct mistakes and keep things neat.
Step 5: Cut out a piece of white spandex that is larger than the Wonder Under paper.
Step 6: Now, iron the Wonder Under onto the spandex. This will activate the adhesive and fuse the two pieces together. NOTE: Don’t let the adhesive touch your ironing board (only the spandex) or else you’ll fuse the Wonder Under to your ironing board and it’ll be sticky forever.
Step 7: With an ultra-fine tip black sharpie, darken the pencil lines on the Wonder Under paper. This will make the design easier to see.
Step 8: Flip the whole thing over to the FABRIC side. As you can see, the design is easy to see through the fabric.
Step 9: Now we can start transferring the designs onto the fabric with Sharpies. Yes, you are basically just coloring the fabric with markers – it is SUPER SIMPLE. I start with the line work, using an ultra-fine tip Sharpie for precision:
Step 10: Then I add in the black.
Step 11: Then I add in the color.
Step 12: Here is the fully colored patch with the Sharpies I used.
Step 13: Cut out the patch with scissors.
Step 14: Now we are ready to iron the patch onto the back of the jacket. Peel the paper away from the fabric. As you can see, the adhesive is now fused to the fabric and the paper will easily peel away.
NOTE: If you made/bought a jacket that is VINYL or FAKE LEATHER, you CANNOT place an iron directly onto that material. It will MELT away the ‘plastic’ part of the fabric… the part that makes it look like leather. You CAN place the iron on the PATCH. So just be careful and take your time ironing this onto the fabric.
Here is the back of my finished jacket. I kept a white border to help the design pop, but I might go back in with a black sharpie and make the border less thick. BOOM! You are finished.
And there you go! If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below!!