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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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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.

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We have a Bond; the Results!

Vintage-Patch New adhesive test patchesYou may remember in February this year we started trialling a new adhesive for our patches which would provide a no sew option for those of you who don't enjoy stitching and embellishing your repairs.

Here's a link to the original post.

We applied various fabrics, including one denim, one woven cotton, and one cotton jersey t shirting to a scrap of old jeans material, and scheduled them for several machine washes.

We're thrilled to report that.the adhesive has stood up to laundering really well, and we're going to be using it in the manufacture of all our products once existing stocks have run out.

We're so impressed with the product that we're also going to be supplying the adhesive sheets on their own, so they can be used wiith your own fabrics to create motifs and carry out repairs.   Click here for more information on the Adhesive Sheets.

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Refashion Event, Oxford Town Hall, Tuesday 19th February 2013

Vintage-Patch is excited to be attending the ‘Refashion’ event in Oxford on 19th February, where we’ll be selling our range of iron on patches and giving a demo of how to carry out a simple refashion of a garment using them.  Why not bring along an old item of clothing yourself, to see which of our patches might give it a new lease of life!

We’re also offering a 10% discount on the day to anyone mentioning this blog or our facebook page when attending.

A little more information about the event

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After the success of last year’s Refashion event at Oxford Town Hall (700 visitors, masses of clothes swapped and recycled, excellent press and Green Apple environmental award) Oxford City Council is making it an annual event, and this year it happens on Tuesday 19th February between 1pm-7pm  in the Main Hall of the Town Hall. 

The day promises to be bigger and better than before, with more schools and colleges showcasing their work on the catwalk and more stalls selling upcycled textile crafts and clothes. 

Entry is free – we hope to see you there.

For more information visit the Recycle for Oxfordshire facebook page here.


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We have a bond

Vintage-Patch New adhesive test patchesWe love stitching and embellishing our elbow, knee and repair patches, but know that some of you out there aren’t fans of sewing and would prefer a ‘no sew’ product.  Whilst the current fusible adhesive we use is brilliant, in common with others on the market, it doesn’t always provide a long lasting bond on washables without additional stitching to secure it permanently.

So, we’ve been doing some research in to new adhesives which will offer a permanent bond with no additional needlework.   And, after not a little searching, we think we may have found one.

How exciting!  Here are our test patches, ironed on this afternoon; one denim, one woven cotton, one cotton jersey t shirting.  Now they are all set for a dozen rounds with the washing machine.  Watch this space and we’ll let you know they get on.

 

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

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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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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.