wednes-diy

my boss has a sweater with patches on the elbows and i always thought it was the cutest thing.  then i saw this photo a couple of weeks ago and a light bulb went on.  this is an easy project!

what you need:

a sweatshirt or sweater that you don’t mind experimenting with…

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fabric, needle & thread, scissors, safety pins, and something about the size that you want the patches to be.  our visual display team let me use this scrap of pretty fabric, and i happened to have this free people sticker at my desk that was just the right size for the patches!

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first i used a sharpie to trace around the edges of the sticker on the fabric, and then cut out the patches being careful to cut right inside the marker line.

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next i pinned the patches onto the elbows of the sweater and tried it on to make sure they were placed where i wanted them to be.  keep the safety pins in as you start sewing so the patches don’t move.

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i sewed them on by hand yesterday at work and it only took about an hour –  i think sewing while listening to music has got to be one of the most relaxing things ever :)

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and voila… cute elbow patches that breathe new life into a plain old sweater!

Comments

  1. that hoodie looks awesome. stitching and listening to music IS very relaxing. i used to make fabric purses and didn’t have a sewing machine. there were two or three albums i used to listen to repeatedly, and whenever i hear a song from one of those albums now, it takes me back 8 years to my sewing memories.

  2. Speaking of vintage fabrics, when my grandfather died, my mom gave me all his old ties. I used them as belts for a while, but this would also be a great use since it doesn’t require too much fabric!

  3. @nats

    I used to make jewelry all day long in the summer. Incubus’ Morning View was my album of choice during those special years!

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