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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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Vintage-Patch February 2013 Giveaway

January 2013 elbow or knee patches in packs small

We are giving away up to 10 sets of Vintage-Patch Iron on Elbow, Knee or Repair patches in a variety of shapes, sizes and designs this February – the prize quantity will depend on the number of entries.

We’d love it if you could spread the word on your Facebook and/or Twitter status to ensure we get as many entries as possible.  This is not a condition of entry, but the prize quantity will be increased the more entries we receive, so you get more chance of winning!

50 entries            1 set
100 entries          3 sets
200 plus entries  10 sets

We will ship prizes free worldwide

HOW TO ENTER

1. From the Vintage-Patch Blog, click on the Products tab and choose your favourite set of patches currently on offer in our blog store.  If you don’t see anything you like there, visit our facebook store for more choices.

* Please note, as the blog store is very recently launched, new stock will continue to be added during the course of the competition. Winners may change their choice of design when notified.

2. Leave a comment on this blog post stating which design, shape and size of patches you would like if you were a winner, and what garment you might use them on.  If you prefer not to comment on our blog, you may email us this information.

Entries must be received by the closing date of Wednesday 20th February 2013 (GMT).

Good luck!

Rules:

Giveaway closing date: Midnight Wednesday 20th February 2013 (GMT)

We may use your email address to contact you with details of future offers and giveaways.  We WILL NOT share your information.   Please advise us by email if you would prefer to opt out of future emails correspondence from us.

Winners will be drawn after the closing date and notified by email. Winners’ names will also be posted on the Vintage-Patch blog.

 

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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

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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 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