how to add elbow patches to a sweater!

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Elbow patches are one of my favorite trends this season! Last month, I shared how to hand print hearts on your jeans and we recieved many requests for a patch tutorial! I asked Amanda to show you how she would do it in this next feature…. Enjoy! 

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Supplies needed: cardigan, fabric (this is a great way to use scraps!), fabric marker/crayon, 1 sheet of card stock, scissors, pins, embroidery thread and embroidery needle.

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1. Using the fabric marker, mark an X on each sleeve of your cardigan right at the point of your elbow.
2. Cut a heart out of card stock to use as a stencil, making sure it fits perfectly on the sleeves of your cardigan. Resize if necessary.

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3. Cut two hearts from fabric, using stencil. 4. Pin a heart to each sleeve of your cardigan, making sure the center of the heart is placed over the X you made earlier. 5. Stitch all the way around the heart with embroidery thread. You could also use a sewing machine! I really wanted a "handmade" look, so I hand stitched mine.

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6. Repeat on the other sleeve, and your restyled cardigan is finished and ready for fall! 🙂

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Thanks so much, Amanda! I love how your cardigan turned out. The floral details are just perfect!

Happy Monday, everyone…. xo. Elsie 

  • Thanks for sharing this! I did this project a week or two ago and I got SO many compliments on it at school! Such a good idea! Now I am going to try either the floral boots, the color-blocked shoe, or the glitter shoes. Thanks for the ideas!

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  • This tutorial just saved my favorite jumper’s life! Thanks!

    Ps. Love your blog, thanks for all the lovley ideas!

  • Thanks for sharing this! I did this project a week or two ago and I got SO many compliments on it at school! Such a good idea! Now I am going to try either the floral boots, the color blocked shoe, or the glitter shoes. Thanks for the ideas!

  • Love! Did this project as soon as I saw it! turned out so cute. Can’t wait to try the similar knee patch DIY. Love your blog SO much! <3

  • I’ve got to do this! I lean my left elbow on my desk at work and all my shirts/sweaters are wearing out there!

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  • d’aaaw sokute! I came across this site today and am so motivated for a lot of projects right now! I’m definitely going to do this…. but with bees on my knees.

  • ahh i did it, but the patches are falling off after only a couple hours of wearing it!

  • Would love to feature this tutorial on the Vintage Sheet blog.. please lmk if that is ok:)

  • I’ve had this page bookmarked for weeks since I saw it on College Fashion. I thought the idea was absolutely adorable, but I never thought I would have the time/fabric to do it. A few hours ago, though, I found some scrap fabric from my sewing class two years ago. I just finished, and have come back here to thank you so much for posting this. THANK YOU! I’m not a good sewer by any means, so it was a little difficult trying to sew in the middle of the sleeve. So I used a hot glue gun. Not sure how it’s gonna come out in the wash D:

  • Cuteness! Thanks so much for sharing. Now I’m thinking up other designs (stars!) that could be made. Super fun.

  • Oh my goodness, it’s so simple but I never would have thought of doing it myself.
    I will do this the minute I get the opertunity. I’m pretty certain I have a store of spare fabric which would be perfect for this.

  • I Love this! i just did it on one of my own cardigans that was getting a bit old, and it added a new lease of life and made the faded-ness look like it was meant to be. I also assed a pocket in the matching Fabric and it turned out to be super cute!

  • i love this idea. i had to make it myself. and love the result!

    thanks for this tutorial!

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  • I absolutely LOVE this! Such an awesome idea, can’t wait to try it out on one of my cardigans =).

  • I absolutely LOVE this! Such an awesome idea, can’t wait to try it out on one of my cardigans =).

  • The cutest (and easiest) idea ever!!!

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  • You bet I’ll do this one! what a great idea!

    Thank’s Elsie!
    xx from Tel Aviv
    highly-unlikely.blogspot.com

  • These are sooo cute! I’ve been thinking about doing patches for a while now but the ones I was looking at were just rounded. I love the hearts!

    Adorable!

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  • I’m in love with this. I see red felt hearts in my future… and my baby’s future…

  • These are great. I think I might try is on some tights or leggings… ankles or knees.

  • Adorable, I just have to try this.
    Thanks for posting, big fan of the DIY posts.
    xo- AlbeeLucky.blogspot.com

  • This is SO great! Adds a whole new look to a completely generic sweater. And so easy!! I’m definitely going to have to give this one a try!

  • …and of course, if you already have a hole in your elbow through wear (just can’t throw out my favourites still), this is a really nice way to extend the life of your sweaters/cardigans…

  • Q: Can I ask how you would do it with a sewing machine without stitching to the other side of the sleeve? My head cannot wrap itself around how??
    A: You would have to pull the sleeve open while sewing, so your sweater would need to be nice and stretchy! 😀 The other option would be to cut the seam and them re-stitch the seam after you put on your patch!
    Hand stitching is easier, of course! XO

  • It looks easy!!! I’m gonna do it for sure!! Thanks so much for the tutorial!!
    Mary

  • Can I ask how you would do it with a sewing machine without stitching to the other side of the sleeve? My head cannot wrap itself around how??

  • I love this. It’s such a great way to update an old sweater. It’s cute and sweet!

    Kacie
    A Collection of Passions

  • This is definitely one of those “why didn’t I think of that?!” moments! This is brilliant- I’ve been hunting for the perfect elbow patch sweater for months, but had no luck. Why not make it instead? You’re the best!

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    http://littlemisslj.blogspot.com/

  • I am sewing impaired and this is the first sewing project I have seen I think I can tackle! Thanks 🙂

  • i saw this trend while out shopping with my husband the other day. i was totally planning to do it to one of my sweaters…i didn’t think about hearts though, now i’m torn because they are so sweet.

    -erin

  • Love this. Thanks for posting 🙂 I may give it a try with my new sewing machine. It has some really neat stitches!

  • Cuter then cute! Will be trying this little project on my daughter’s shirt. Love it.

  • oh i love this! i love hearts so this makes me so happy! thanks for sharing, ladies.

  • Great idea, I think I’ll have to try this :]

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  • Too cute! There’s a cosy Topman cardigan I might have to steal from my brother for this…

  • This is adorable, and looks simple enough for people who aren’t very handy with a sewing needle 🙂 Thanks so much for this, I’ll be heading to the second hand store for some sweaters to try this out on!

    x

    culinarilychallenged.blogspot.com

  • Cute idea but I wonder how well they will hold up when washing and all without finished edges.

  • So tempted to do this – they’re so adorable!

    x Michelle | thefeatherden.net

  • I have always adored elbow patches, and they have become a necessity since rolling my sleeves up constantly tends to make them split. Thanks for the tutorial!

  • love this, have been wanting to do hearts on sleeves for years (; thanks for the cute, easy tutorial!!

  • definably going to have to try this idea for the winter season.
    elbow patches always make an outfit.

  • That is a brilliant idea – and I love the idea of adding heart patches!

    Much love,

    B

  • This is such a sweet idea! I am obsessed with elbow patches lately! I am definitely going to try this! Thanks Elsie!

    xo katie

    katiediditt.blogspot.com

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