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New in the shop this April

Check out the latest additions to the Vintage-Patch iron on patches range in our online store this April.  You may have seen some of these designs on our Ebay pages, but now as well as oval shape elbow and knee patches, these fabrics are available in rectangle, heart, circle, square and flower.  Just see the product descriptions for more options to choose from.

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Vintage Brown Floral Print

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Dark Purple and Green Roses

Pink and Black Floral Print





Pink and Black Floral Print

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Cream Tattersall Check

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Fawn and Pink Floral Print

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Light Blue Trailing Rose

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Navy Blue Floral Poly Cotton Print

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Cream and Red Skulls and Roses Motif

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Peach and Blue Floral Print



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Crocus colours for Mother’s Day


Purple Crocus photo by Sharee Basinger

Mother’s Day confirms that however uninspiring the weather, Spring is on the way.  Some mums may have received a pot of vibrant colours in the form of of that intrepid early flower, the Crocus, and to celebrate them we’ve introduced a new line of plain fabric patches in spring colours reminiscent of their cheerful hues.



The iron on lightweight poly cotton patches featured here are flower shape, 11cm diameter and can be purchased as singles, pairs (great as decorative elbow patches) or in sets of 3 mixed or matching colour appliques.

If you prefer a more traditional shape, the fabric can be cut to any of the elbow or knee patch shapes we offer (Oval, Heart, Square, Rounded Rectangle and Circle), just click on your choice from the dropdown list on each product’s page.

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To purchase any of our patches, visit our PRODUCTS page and click on the patches you would like, then choose your size and design from the table and dropdown list shown on the page.


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And the winner is….

Congratulations to the winner of our February Giveaway, Hope, who commented on our blog: “I think my favourite patches would have to be the Beige and Cream Housemartins print in the Heart Adult size. So lovely. I would use them on the knees of my favourite jeans since they are wearing through.”

Well done Hope, you will receive a set of the patches you describe.

If you took part in the giveaway but didn’t win this time, keep an eye out, as we’ll be doing more contests in the coming months.

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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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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

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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  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

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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.

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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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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.

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Added some front darts to improve the shape

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

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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!

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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, or if you’d like a bespoke patches (or covered buttons) order, just email with an idea of what you’re looking for.