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Wine Plaid Shoulder Patch T-Shirt Refashion

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.

Wine T Shirt Before Vintage Patch Refashion
Before:  I’ve had this t shirt a while but I’m quite fond of the scoop neck, so decided to see if it could be given a new lease of life.

Wine T Shirt After Vintage Patch Refashion 
After: With the help of some plaid elbow patches and some matching scrap fabric,  I’m pleased to say that it could.

Here’s how the refashion happened:

Wine T Shirt Plaid Patchc Vintage Patch Refashion
These Vintage-Patch Plaid Elbow / Knee patches were a great colour match.

Wine T Shirt Fold Patch Down Centre Vintage Patch Refashion
Fold patches down the centre

Wine T Shirt Align patch along seam Vintage Patch Refashion
Align the fold of the patch along the shoulder seam and pin into position.

Wine T Shirt Mark Neck and Sleeve Lines Vintage Patch Refashion
Mark the neck and sleeve lines; I’ve used a wheel, but you could just fold the patch along the curves to mark them.

Wine T Shirt Match Second patch Vintage Patch Refashion

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.

Wine T Shirt Neck and Sleeve Lines Trimmed Vintage Patch Refashion 
The trimmed patch placed in position.

Wine T Shirt iron shoulder Patch into position Vintage Patch Refashion
Iron patches into position following instructions in the pack.

Wine T Shirt Stitch Patches Vintage Patch Refashion 
I prefer my patches overstitched; I’ve used a running stitch here.

Wine T Shirt Add Trim to lengthen Vintage Patch Refashion 
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.

Wine T Shirt Finished Trim Vintage Patch Refashion
Here’s the finished trim.

Wine T Shirt After Vintage Patch Refashion 

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 additions to the shop for July 2013

Here are some of the latest additions to the shop this month.  Don't forget you can order in a variety of shapes – click on the product you like and view the dropdown list for the shape and size options.

161 Vintage-Patch Black Paisley Print Elbow Knee Patches
Black Paisley Print Elbow Knee Patches










162 Vintage Patch Green Paisley Elbow Knee Patches
Green Paisley Print Iron on Elbow or Knee Patches










163 Vintage-Patch Navy and Red Daisy Elbow or Knee Patches
Navy and Red Daisy Elbow or Knee Patches










164 Vintage Patch Vintage Navy Peach Large Flowers Elbow Knee Patches
Vintage Navy and Peach Floral Print











165 Vintage Patch Royal Blue Tea Rose Elbow Knee Patch
Royal Blue Tea Rose Iron On Elbow Knee Patch










166 Vintage-PatchTurquoise Broderie Suisse Elbow Knee Patches
Turquoise Embroidery Suisse Elbow Knee Patches










167 Vintage Patch Turquoise Pink Floral Elbow Knee Patch
Vintage Turquoise Pink Floral Iron On Elbow Knee Patch






168 Vintage-Patch White Broderie Anglais Elbow Knee Patches
White Broderie Anglais Elbow Knee Patches










169 Vintage-Patch White Deck of Cards Motif
White Deck of Cards Motif Iron on Elbow or Knee Patches










170 Vintage-Patch White Stars on Black Elbow Knee Patches
White Stars on Black iron on Elbow Knee Patches











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Facebook DEAL OF THE WEEK Store

Vintage-Patch Facebook Shopfront June 2013We're trialling a new Deal of the Week  Facebook Store for our facebook fans to use, which will give them access to our very latest new products at a discounted price for 1 week only before they are uploaded to our main website shop. 

Please note, this is not in any way a replacement for our usual web store here on this site, just an additional bonus store.  If the format is successful we'll also be using it for occasional flash sales and other promotional events, so there's never been a better time to add us to your social media circle.

Why not take a look at the Store, and grab a bargain but hurry, design quantities and time listed is strictly limited.



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New customising products to match your elbow or knee patches!

New to our range, and ideal for customising, Vintage-Patch Fabric Covered Buttons (2cm diameter) in matching fabric to your elbow / knee patches.

Vintage-Patch Fabric Covered Buttons set of 3Available in packs of 3 for £1.95 as an option on the dropdown list on each elbow patch design's page.

These buttons are made from recycled aluminium and are not suitable for upholstery applications.


Vintage-Patch Iron On Fabric Trim Strips 4cm x 50cm






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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Aqua Sweater to Cardigan Refashion

Before pic of sweater Aqua Sweater to Cardigan Refashion for
This sweater has been on my refashion ‘to do’ list for a while now.  I used to wear it regularly but after a comment from OH that it was a bit ‘mumsy’, I decided it could do with a redesign.

Raw Materials Aqua Sweater to Cardigan Refashion for
The colour is versatile enough for summer and I picked out a set of Vintage-Patch iron on oval elbow patches and matching trim strips in our new Green Tea Rose design.

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 Midline bottom Aqua Sweater to Cardigan Refashion for

Mark the midline of the sweater at the bottom

Mark Midline Collar Aqua Sweater to Cardigan Refashion for

…and the top

Position Trim Strip Aqua Sweater to Cardigan Refashion for

Position trim strip carefully down the centre front of the sweater, allowing a little overlap at the v neck

Overlap trim strip at collar Aqua Sweater to Cardigan Refashion for
A close up of the overlap.  You’ll trim this later.

Peel off Trim Strip Backing Aqua Sweater to Cardigan Refashion for

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 on Trim Strip Aqua Sweater to Cardigan Refashion for

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.

Cut Trim strip to shape at collar Aqua Sweater to Cardigan Refashion for

Trim the neckline overlap carefully and iron this area again to make sure there are no loose ends.

Measure half trim strip vertically Aqua Sweater to Cardigan Refashion for

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!

Cut trim strip with rotary cutter or scissors 1 Aqua Sweater to Cardigan Refashion for

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!

Now you have a cardigan 1 Aqua Sweater to Cardigan Refashion for

Voila – you now have a cardigan.

Cut Half Oval Elbow Patch 1 Aqua Sweater to Cardigan Refashion for

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.

Position Elbow Patches 1 Aqua Sweater to Cardigan Refashion for

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:

Curve detail Aqua Sweater to Cardigan Refashion for

Back neck detail Aqua Sweater to Cardigan Refashion for

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.

Front close up Aqua Sweater to Cardigan Refashion for

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:

Completed refashion Aqua Sweater to Cardigan Refashion for

and the back

Rear view Aqua Sweater to Cardigan Refashion for

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.

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Want to test our new range of ‘No Sew’ Elbow or Knee Patches FREE?

Paisley and Rose Spring 2013 Iron on Elbow Patches by Vintage PatchVintage-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.

Strawberries and Stars Cotton Elbow Patches by Vintage Patch

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).
That's all.

Check Iron On Elbow Patches 1 by Vintage Patch

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.

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Checks, Stripes and Plaids Vintage-Patch Style

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.

Check Iron On Elbow Patches 1 by Vintage Patch
Royal Blue Red White Check, Navy Red White Check and Light Blue and White Check

Check Iron On Elbow Patches 2 by Vintage Patch
Light Blue Fine Stripe, Royal Blue Plaid and Grey Fine Twill Stripe

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.

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New Patch Designs for June 2013

Strawberry Selection, Purple Stars, Yellow Daisies
Last month we showed a few of the new fabrics we've introduced for our 2013 Spring and Summer patch collection.

Here are some of the finished products, perfect for summertime refashions and repairs.   These patches are available in all our standard shapes and in adult and child sizes – just click on the Products page to see the range.

Paisley and Rose Spring 2013 Iron on Elbow Patches by Vintage Patch
Purple and Pink Roses, Red Paisley


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In the Frame

Vintage-Patch Iron on Fabric Frame Trims for cardmaking and needlecrafts  smallThese nifty fabric frames are a by-product of our  elbow patch manufacture, and we’ve found they work brilliantly as card toppers or for fabric crafts and applique. Simply remove backing paper, iron into position carefully (over stitch if a washable bond on fabric is needed)

Packs are Lucky Dip style, with a variety of designs and shapes (photos are a guide only, packs may differ in fabric designs). Aperture shapes are mainly oval, with occasional hearts or flowers in small and large sizes depending on stock.

Fabrics are a selection of mainly cotton print with some denim / faux suede fabrics dependent on what we have available.

Approximate sizing:

Large (fits A5 size card) 13cm x 17cm approx outside edge of rectangle. Oval aperture 15cm x 10.5cm, Heart aperture 14cm x 10cm

Small (15cm x 11cm) approx at outside edge of rectangle. Oval aperture 13cm x 9cm, Heart aperture 11cm x 8cm

We try to be generous with margins when cutting, but no guarantee on exact sizing or trim areas and widths can be given.

Available in packs of 5 or 20. Instructions included in pack.