How To Make Elbow Patches

I recently found an old jumper at the back of my cupboard that I hardly ever wear anymore. There’s nothing wrong with it, it’s just a plain grey jumper I bought from H&M a few years ago.

Instead of throwing it out, I decided to get my sewing kit out and jazz it up a bit. I didn’t want to do anything too ambitious to it as I’m not the most experienced sewer, so settled for some simple elbow patches.

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They really are easy to make. Start by drawing and cutting out a paper template in your chosen shape. I went for a heart but you could make them in stars or more traditional ovals. Then select a pretty fabric, pin the template to it and cut around. Place the patches on your jumper where you want them to be and pin them.

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I’d suggest wearing the jumper and have someone help you pin them on so they actually end up on your elbows! Sew around the patches using a running stitch, making sure that you only sew them to the top layer and don’t go through both, (like I did once or twice). Tie the thread off and iron over the patches to finish.

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The new patches have added a pretty, feminine touch to what was a slightly boring jumper. Sewing your own elbow patches are a great way of giving an old top, jumper or blazer a new lease of life.


Happy sewing!


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