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We are adding….

…a store to the Vintage-Patch blog so you can buy any of the featured patches we write about without having to visit another website. We are testing various aspects of this at the moment, so you may click on blank pages or a non functioning shopping cart while this is happening. Apologies for any inconvenience, but rest assured all is in progress. Why not join our facebook page as we’ll be posting an annoucement there when the store is up and running.

Meantime, you can still buy a selection of our range from our website www.vintage-patch.co.uk or Ebay here.

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In the Pink Sweater Refashion

This pink sweater was a lucky find at a sale; it’s 70% silk and very wearable but just a tad boring. It makes an ideal subject for a makeover with 2 sets of Vintage-Patch Cerise Butterfly Heart Shape patches. Why two sets?  You’ll see in a minute… for now choose two sets of heart shaped patches – matching or contrasting.

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Vintage-Patch Cerise Butterfly Heart Shaped Patches

vintage-patch cerise butterfly heart patches small

As the sleeves are 3/4 length on this sweater, we positioned the elbow patches carefully. They can look really great on a shorter sleeve, but there’s not so much room for error, so try on the garment and pin into place, then bend your arm and check the position is still where you want it.

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Once you’re happy, lay the sleeve flat, peel off the backing paper of one patch and iron into position.

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We recommend using a damp ironing cloth when pressing the patch into place. A thin tea towel is ideal.  Although it’s not strictly necessary to use one for lightweight cotton or cotton blend fabrics, it can ensure a firmer bond so we prefer to use one for all patches. (It is essential to use a damp cloth for heavy fabrics like our denim or corduroy patches).

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The ironed on patch in place.

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Match up the position of the second patch, and apply as before.

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Voila – the sleeves are done!

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Now for part two of the makeover.   Collars are all the rage at the moment, and we’re going to add one.  Take your second set of patches and cut one heart in half lengthways as shown.

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Fold edge of half patch to follow curve of sweater collar.

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Trim excess carefully.

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Placing patterned sides together, use the trimmed piece as a template to cut the second half of the collar.

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The trimmed collar pieces are ready to apply.  We also cut a small strip of leftover patch to join the collar as seen in the next photo.

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Pin the centre of the neckline

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Now you’re ready to iron the collar into place.  Position the pieces from the centre outwards, following the neckline of the sweater.

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The centre strip could be left plain, or you could add one or more  fancy buttons.  We liked this heart shaped pin

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The finished sweater.

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To finish off, you should secure your patches permanently by stitching around the edges – a simple running stitch looks effective, or a more traditional finish is blanket stitch.  You can also stitch by machine running or zig zag stitch.

Oh, and yes… you should have one heart shaped patch left over.  Ideal for the knee of a pair of jeans!

All featured patches are iron on, cotton or cotton blends, woven or occasionally, knit fabrics (except the ultra suedes which are synthetics).  Our patches are perfect for elbow or knee patches, repairs or customising.  Adult and child sizes available.

Buy these and other designs on Ebay or visit our website www.vintage-patch.co.uk.  You can also email us if you have a bespoke request.

NB: Our patches are made from variety of Vintage Style New, Reclaimed or Authentic Vintage Fabrics.  Full details are in the order descriptions.

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Wear a Heart on your Sleeve for Valentines Day

Vintage-Patch Heart x 6 Elbow or Knee Patches Small
Celebrate Valentines Day with a fabulous set of heart shaped iron on elbow or knee patches from Vintage-Patch.  Heart Shape patches are available in all our standard fabrics, but here are a few designs we think will work especially well to give your sweater, shirt or jeans a romantic twist for February 14th!

Vintage-Patch Heart Blue and Maroon Rose Print Elbow or Knee Patches Small

Blue and Maroon Rose Print

Vintage-Patch Heart Lilac Ultra Suede Elbow or Knee Patch Small

Lilac Ultrasuede

Vintage-Patch Heart Pink Roses Poly Cotton Elbow or Knee Patch Small

Pink Rose poly cotton

Vintage-Patch Heart Peach Tiny Hearts Elbow or Knee Patch Small

Vintage Peach Tiny Hearts Print poly cotton (ca 1980s)

Vintage-Patch Heart Maroon Rose Stems Polkadots Elbow or Knee Patch Small

Maroon Rose Stems and Polkadots Print

Vintage-Patch Heart Regency Red Elbow or Knee Patch Small

Regency Red Floral Print

Vintage-Patch Heart Cerise Butterfly Elbow or Knee Patches Small

Cerise Butterfly Print Jersey

Vintage-Patch Heart Pink White Tiny Flowers Elbow or Knee Patches Small

Pink and White Tiny Flowers Print

Vintage-Patch Heart Pink Red Stripe Elbow or Knee Patches Small

Pink and Red Stripe

Vintage-Patch Heart Cream Maroon Floral Print Elbow or Knee Patches Small

Cream and Maroon Floral Print

Vintage-Patch Hearts in Cellophane Elbow or Knee Patches Small

Decisions, decisions…which would you choose, and what would you use them on?  Why not leave a comment to let us know.

All featured patches are iron on, cotton or cotton blends (except the ultra suedes which are synthetics).  Our patches are perfect for elbow or knee patches, repairs or customising.  Adult and child sizes available.

Buy these and other designs on Ebay or visit our website www.vintage-patch.co.uk.  You can also email us if you have a bespoke request.

NB: Our patches are made from variety of Vintage Style New, Reclaimed or Authentic Vintage Fabrics.  Full details are in the order descriptions.

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New Patch Designs for January 2013

January 2013 elbow or knee patches in packs small

White or light backgrounds are the name of the game for our new January 2013 designs, giving them a fresh feel that looks equally good on dark, bright or pastel garments.

Jan 13 purple leaves elbow patches small

Purple floral sprig

Jan 13 jade leaves elbow patches small

Jade floral sprig

Jan 13 blue rose print elbow knee patches small

Blue rose print

Jan 13 Pink and peach rose print elbow knee patches small

Pink and peach rose print

Jan 13 Pink aqua rose and polkadot print elbow knee patches small

Pink and aqua rose and polkadot print

All featured patches are iron on, cotton or cotton blends perfect for elbow or knee patch repairs or customising.  Adult and child sizes available.

Buy these and other designs on Ebay

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WIN a set of Vintage-Patch Elbow or Knee Patches of your choice in our end of year Giveaway

Vintage-patch giveaway choice examples blues purples small

Who wants a set of these fun and easy (iron on) elbow or knee patches, FREE? Just enter our Vintage-Patch Giveaway for a set of your choice (lots more designs available to choose from at www.vintage-patch.co.uk) We have one set up for grabs for every 50 entries, so share far and wide for a greater chance to win.

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December refashion: Frumpy cardigan to seasonal star

Makeover time!  Couldn’t resist this frumpy cardi from the charity shop this morning.  Although the style is dated, it’s pure wool and in really good condition. Hmmm, which way are the refashion cogs turning…. maybe a seasonal twist?  Christmas sweaters are on trend at the moment, so let’s follow that theme.

Light blue wool cardi small before vintage patch
Added some front darts to improve the shape

light blue wool cardi after vintage patch darts

The grey polkadot fabric of these star shaped elbow patches are reminiscent of snowflakes.

Light blue wool cardi small after vintage patch elbow patch

Add some smaller star shape applique patches to one pocket
Light blue wool cardi small after vintage patch pocket

Finish off by replacing the naff gold buttons with these gorgeous fabric covered ones.

Light blue wool cardi small after vintage patch buttons

Voila…we’re ready for Christmas Day!

Light blue wool cardi small after vintage patch shirt and belt

 

 

 

 

This was a quick refashion, taking not much more than an hour using Vintage-Patch iron on star shaped elbow patches and appliques – and some fabric covered buttons. The darts weren’t really necessary, but help shaping of the garment.  To see some of our range of patches, visit www.vintage-patch.co.uk, or if you’d like a bespoke patches (or covered buttons) order, just email with an idea of what you’re looking for.

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How to apply Vintage-Patch iron on elbow or knee patches

Vintage-Patch patches are easy to apply, and each pack includes a test sample for a trial run.

1.  Ensure the garment you wish to apply patches to can be ironed at medium to maxium iron temperature.

vintage patch instructions iron temp
2. Decide on positioning.  For elbow or knee patches, it’s a good idea to put the garment on, bend your arm or leg and mark your elbow or knee position on the garment with a pin.
vintage patch instructions pin into position

3. Once you’ve placed the patch in a position you are happy with, match up with the other sleeve or leg  carefully so patches are equally positioned. vintage patch instructions match patches 1

4. Mark position with pins (or chalk, sparingly!).vintage patch instructions mark position

5. then peel off backing paper and lay patch, coated side down in the required position.vintage patch instructions peel off backing

6. For lightweight cotton patches heat iron to medium/maximum (depending on your garment), then press and hold iron for 6 – 10 seconds on each section (or until entire piece is well bonded), paying attention to the edges. 

vintage patch instructions press patch

Although with lightweight fabrics you can iron straight on top of the fabric, we always recommend using a damp ironing cloth (a thin tea towel works well) over the patch as it gives a more reliable bond. IMPORTANT.  The use of a damp cloth for thicker fabrics such as our denim or corduroy patches is essential. For these, heat your iron to maximum and iron patches on using the damp cloth and pressing for 6 – 30 seconds over all parts of the patch from the top, and then for an additional 6 – 30 seconds from the back of the project (or until the patch is well bonded). The steam from the ironing cloth helps the adhesive to set. Leave to dry, then check to ensure a firm bond has been achieved and stitch around patches for a permanent fix.

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7. Lay the fused parts flat and allow to cool for about 20 minutes.

8. After 2 – 3 washes, the adhesive bond may begin to weaken on some fabrics, so we strongly recommend further securing the patch by stitching around the edges.  This can be done by machine using a zig zag setting,  or hand stitching –  a simple running stitch in matching or contrast thread  is quick and easy.  Alternatively hand sew using a blanket stitch for a traditional finish, which maintains a cleaner edge on patches made from fray-prone fabrics like denim or corduroy.

Below: Patch secured with Running Stitch
vintage patch small star applique running stitch

Below: Patch secured with Blanket Stitch.

vintage patch star elbow patch blanket stitch

Here are two links for stitch instructions: http://www.instructables.com/id/Embroidery-101/step4/The-running-stitch/  and  http://www.instructables.com/id/Embroidery-101/step8/Blanket-stitch/

9. Vintage-Patch fabrics are prewashed for colourfastness, but we do recommend that if strongly coloured patches are applied to light coloured garments, you add a ‘colour catcher’ cloth to the first couple of washes.  Our fabrics are suitable for machine or hand washing at 40 degrees.

During the coming weeks we will be expanding our range of multi size and shape patches suitable for customising / personalising t shirts, sweaters, skirts, bags and much more.  Great as an unusual gift idea or a party activity pack for all ages.  Check out our brand new website at www.vintage-patch.co.uk  for new designs added weekly and FREE p&p on orders over £10!

LIKE our brand new Facebook  page for a chance to win a free set of patches in our monthly giveaway and keep up to date with our latest products and offers.

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A patch in time

cropped navy floral elbow patchJeans through at the knee?  Is your sweater wearing thin at the elbows? Make do and mend has evolved from necessity to a popular trend and these days, patching your clothes can be far from boring; you don’t even need a repair job to make use of them!

Plain leather or suede is traditional for elbow patches (well if it’s good enough for Doctor Who…)  but you could also opt for a great cotton print to give your garment a cute or quirky new look.

Blue folk stripe knee patch used on leggings

Vintage-Patch specialises in unique and unusual iron on cotton print elbow, knee and appliqué patches, and because we love recycling, many of our patches are made from reclaimed or vintage fabrics, as well as new.

The purpose of this blog is to share ideas and tutorials on the many creative ways our patches and appliqués can be used to enhance all types of clothing, whether you are sewing enthusiast or crafter already, or just setting out in the world of refashion and upcycling.

Ready to buy some patches?  Visit our website at www.vintage-patch.co.uk to find a selection of designs for every occasion.  If you can’t find what you are looking for in our store, no problem – just email us with what you want and we’ll do our best to help.