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We were thrilled to receive these photos of an elbow patch refashion carried out by one of our customers who says, "One of my favourite tops lives to see another day." Doesn’t the Cream Daffodil Print fabric look brilliant on this ivory top, and top marks for the neatness of your blanket stitching Suzanne!
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It took a spell of warm weather to realise how overdue I was in dealing with the quantity of t shirts mounting up in my ‘refashion’ pile. I’d been thinking that a set of elbow patches could easily double as shoulder patches. Now was my chance to test the theory.
Here’s how the refashion happened:
Cut the patch to shape, and then with right sides together (and matching any patterns if necessary), use it as a template to cut the second patch.
I wanted to add a trim at the bottom of the t shirt as it was a little on the short side. As these patches are reclaimed from a shirt, I used the plackets from the same shirt to make the trim. Where there’s a pattern which needs matching, I always baste before machine stitching as it helps stop the fabric slipping.
The final result; I’m pretty pleased with it. It was a useful exercise as I discovered there are lots of ways to position the shoulder patches to get different shape effects. I’ll definitely be doing more shoulder patch refashions in the coming months.
What do you think?
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New to our range, and ideal for customising, Vintage-Patch Fabric Covered Buttons (2cm diameter) in matching fabric to your elbow / knee patches.
These buttons are made from recycled aluminium and are not suitable for upholstery applications.
If you are customising, you may also like these fabric trim strips, which have a multitude of uses; cut to size to make faux pocket flaps, sleeve cuffs, random stripes – you can even make a cardigan out of a sweater – see the tutorial here.
Like the buttons, these trims strips are available in many of our elbow patch fabrics at £4.95 for a pack of 2. To purchase a pack of trim strips, please click on the elbow patch fabric design you like and choose the trim strips option from dropdown list if available.
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This refashion is a little more complicated than I’ve previously demonstrated on this blog, and I was really pleased that the Fabric Trim Strips worked so easily, and they've now been added to our range. To buy the trim strips, just click on the patch design you like, and the trims can be chosen from the dropdown options list there if available in that design.
Here’s how the refashion worked:
Mark the midline of the sweater at the bottom
…and the top
Position trim strip carefully down the centre front of the sweater, allowing a little overlap at the v neck
Peel backing off the trim strip. You can leave a little bit of the backing on at the top overlap area to avoid this sticking where it shouldn’t.
Iron the trim strip down the centre of the sweater, with a medium hot iron, pressing for 20 – 60 seconds to get a good fix. You may need a press cloth to protect the wool, in which case you should press for longer and increase iron temp to compensate. (Full instructions for Vintage-Patch products are included in each pack).
I applied a second trim strip on the inside of the sweater, which probably isn’t necessary but gives a nice tidy finish. Bear in mind if you do this, the front opening may be a bit stiffer than the rest of the garment.
Trim the neckline overlap carefully and iron this area again to make sure there are no loose ends.
Find the centre of the trim strip and and either mark and cut with scissors, or use a rotary cutter and straight edge, but see note below!
Using the rotary cutter gives a lovely clean edge, but you MUST use a cutting mat inside the garment to ensure you don’t cut straight through the sweater!
Voila – you now have a cardigan.
As I wanted a slightly smaller elbow patch on this cardigan, I simply cut about 1/3 off each oval patch and used it side on instead of lengthways. A circular patch would also have looked nice and is one of the shape options we offer in the dropdown list of each patch design page.
Try the cardigan on to establish where you need the patch, and mark with a pin. Then place the patch in position, with the straight edge alongside the line of the seam. Iron into postion.
A bit of detail:
I was left with two smaller curved pieces of patch, and as necessity is the mother of invention, I decided to use them to cover a couple small holes in the sweater, which I think gives quite a quirky look to the finished item.
The adhesive used for both patches and trims is our new ‘no sew’ type, but as the garment is stretchy, and the front fastening area will have a lot of handling, I top stitched all the trims and patches for a longer lasting and more attractive result. Personally, much as l love the idea of 'no sew', in this case, stitching definitely enhances the overall appearance.
I also added a couple of contrasting fabric covered buttons, for decoration rather than fastening on this occasion. I could also have made buttonholes down the trim strip. By the way, we have recently introduced fabric covered buttons to match our elbow patches in the shop. Check the dropdown list of the patch design you like for availability.
The finished product from front:
and the back
I’d love your feedback on this refashion. Why not leave me a comment, and maybe even send me a link to your own refashion projects.
Vintage-Patch has just introduced a new 'no sew' iron on adhesive for our latest patch designs, like the ones pictured on this page, and I'd like to offer some to our blog fans to test for themselves. We are offering 1 set per every 25 people who apply by commenting on this post, so do share this info to increase the number of sets up for grabs.
To take part, all you need to do is
1. Leave us a comment on this post telling us why and how you'd use a no sew patch.
2. In your comment, paste a link to the patches on our Product Page that you like the best. (Not all our designs are available in 'no sew' yet, so your comments will help us to choose the most popular fabrics to work on first).
Closing date for posts is 6pm GMT on Sunday 23rd June. The chosen testers will be announced on this page the following week. We will ship the test patches worldwide.
*Testers will be asked to send us a photo of how they've used their patches for our gallery.
I love checks and stripes, and these versatile designs would look great as an accent on a plain shirt, sweater or jeans, or quirky alongside florals or patterned garments.
Brilliant for boys, gorgeous for girls! The patches shown on this post are available in all our usual shapes (oval, heart, square, rectangle, circle, flower), in adult and child sizes with our NEW 'No Sew' adhesive – so stitching is optional!
Check out all our check, stripe and plaid designs on our products page.