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Fix that embarrassing hole in your denim jeans with iron on jeans repair patches by Vintage-Patch

Before and After of blue and black denim jeans with tears repaired with iron on reverse repair patches by vintage-patch.co.uk in floral and denim designs

Ooops, that’s torn it!

My jeans always rip here first…. and judging by your comments on our facebook page @vintagepatchstyle, I’m not alone!  Jeans fabric gets thin and fragile after many wears and it’s not helped when we prefer to wear our jeans skintight!

I don’t find this the easiest area to repair.  Stitching alone is likely to give way when denim which has thinned by friction is stressed.  I could of course stabilise the area with fabric on the inside or outside, but pinning this into position over seams without it wrinkling and pulling is tricky and result in puckers and possible discomfort when wearing the final result.  This is where Vintage-Patch iron on jeans repair patches come into their own as I can easily iron them into position ready for further stitching if desired.

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A Little Heart Makes all the Difference – Iron On Patches Valentines Challenge Finale

So, a little after the fact, and almost a week of Valentine’s themed refashions later,  I have had to cram more than one garment  into this last day’s post.  There are five items to be precise – two cardigans, shorts, leggings and a skirt, all transformed with mini elbow or knee patches and our range of iron on heart applique patches which are smaller motifs available in three sizes.

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Sail Away Striped Jersey Trousers Iron On Patches Refashion – Valentines Challenge Day 5

When I first looked at these striped jersey trousers, I could see they had definitely been well worn and loved. A good wash brightened them up no end though, and I was excited to choose a set of rectangular sailboat design patches to complement their nautical look and give them a fun slant. The pants have a wide leg so rounded rectangle patches in child size (12.25 × 8.5 cm) were a good fit.

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Read All About It Red Gingham Shirt Iron On Patches Restyle – Valentines Challenge Day 4

The world is full of gingham shirts so I wanted to make this one look just a little different.  I pulled out a few patch designs from my collection including contrast blue and black gingham and white skull and crossbones on a black background (pictured) both ideal for boys’ garments.  After much deliberation, I decided some black and white newsprint patches were just the thing to add a quirky touch of humour.  The circular shape in child size 8.5cm diameter is a good fit and makes a change from oval or rectangular.

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Heart motif Iron on Patches T Shirt Transformation – Valentines Challenge Day 3

Day three of our Valentine’s Challenge. I added these mini iron on elbow patches in beige heart motif fabric to an oatmeal long sleeved girl’s t shirt  in our bundle of cast offs.  I’m really pleased with the result.

The Challenge is to celebrate the launch of Vintage-Patch’s new range of mini patches for smaller size childrens’ clothes, and I’m seeing how many charity shop cast offs can be refashioned into something cool before 14th February.

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Valentine’s Refashion Challenge 2019, Day 2 – Green Jumper meets Camouflage

It’s time to reveal the second refashion in our Valentine’s Challenge, and hearts and flowers are replaced by camouflage fabric for the subject of this makeover – a bright green jumper pulled from the heap pictured below.

In case you didn’t see our  first post on the Challenge, to celebrate the launch of our new range of mini patches suitable for smaller size childrens’ clothes, we’re seeing how many garments from a heap of charity shop cast offs can be refashioned into something cool before 14th February.

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Valentine’s Refashion Challenge 2019, Day 1 – In the Pink Gingham Leggings

Join us and get creative! To celebrate the launch our new range of mini patches suitable for smaller size childrens’ clothes, we’re having a Valentines challenge to see how many garments from a heap of charity shop cast offs can be refashioned into something lovely before 14th February.  In the coming days, I’m going to do my best to bring you some neat ideas that will transform them from boring to boutique, but don’t worry, not everyone wants hearts and flowers so there’ll be a generous sprinkling of boyish themes as well.

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Customer Elbow Patch Refashion

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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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Vintage-Patch is in the process of setting up a website gallery, and would LOVE to receive any photos of how customers have used our patches.  Email us your photos at [email protected]

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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.

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Aqua Sweater to Cardigan Refashion

Before pic of sweater Aqua Sweater to Cardigan Refashion for Vintage-patch.co.uk
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 Vintage-patch.co.uk
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 Vintage-patch.co.uk

Mark the midline of the sweater at the bottom

Mark Midline Collar Aqua Sweater to Cardigan Refashion for Vintage-patch.co.uk

…and the top

Position Trim Strip Aqua Sweater to Cardigan Refashion for Vintage-patch.co.uk

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 Vintage-patch.co.uk
A close up of the overlap.  You’ll trim this later.

Peel off Trim Strip Backing Aqua Sweater to Cardigan Refashion for Vintage-patch.co.uk

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 Vintage-patch.co.uk

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 Vintage-patch.co.uk

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 Vintage-patch.co.uk

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 Vintage-patch.co.uk

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 Vintage-patch.co.uk

Voila – you now have a cardigan.

Cut Half Oval Elbow Patch 1 Aqua Sweater to Cardigan Refashion for Vintage-patch.co.uk

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 Vintage-patch.co.uk

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 Vintage-patch.co.uk

Back neck detail Aqua Sweater to Cardigan Refashion for Vintage-patch.co.uk

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 Vintage-patch.co.uk

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 Vintage-patch.co.uk

and the back

Rear view Aqua Sweater to Cardigan Refashion for Vintage-patch.co.uk

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.