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New additions to the shop for July 2013

Here are some of the latest additions to the shop this month.  Don't forget you can order in a variety of shapes – click on the product you like and view the dropdown list for the shape and size options.

161 Vintage-Patch Black Paisley Print Elbow Knee Patches
Black Paisley Print Elbow Knee Patches










162 Vintage Patch Green Paisley Elbow Knee Patches
Green Paisley Print Iron on Elbow or Knee Patches










163 Vintage-Patch Navy and Red Daisy Elbow or Knee Patches
Navy and Red Daisy Elbow or Knee Patches










164 Vintage Patch Vintage Navy Peach Large Flowers Elbow Knee Patches
Vintage Navy and Peach Floral Print











165 Vintage Patch Royal Blue Tea Rose Elbow Knee Patch
Royal Blue Tea Rose Iron On Elbow Knee Patch










166 Vintage-PatchTurquoise Broderie Suisse Elbow Knee Patches
Turquoise Embroidery Suisse Elbow Knee Patches










167 Vintage Patch Turquoise Pink Floral Elbow Knee Patch
Vintage Turquoise Pink Floral Iron On Elbow Knee Patch






168 Vintage-Patch White Broderie Anglais Elbow Knee Patches
White Broderie Anglais Elbow Knee Patches










169 Vintage-Patch White Deck of Cards Motif
White Deck of Cards Motif Iron on Elbow or Knee Patches










170 Vintage-Patch White Stars on Black Elbow Knee Patches
White Stars on Black iron on Elbow Knee Patches











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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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Checks, Stripes and Plaids Vintage-Patch Style

I love checks and stripes, and these versatile designs would look great as an accent on a plain shirt, sweater or jeans, or quirky alongside florals or patterned garments.

Check Iron On Elbow Patches 1 by Vintage Patch
Royal Blue Red White Check, Navy Red White Check and Light Blue and White Check

Check Iron On Elbow Patches 2 by Vintage Patch
Light Blue Fine Stripe, Royal Blue Plaid and Grey Fine Twill Stripe

Brilliant for boys, gorgeous for girls!  The patches shown on this post are available in all our usual shapes (oval, heart, square, rectangle, circle, flower), in adult and child sizes with our NEW 'No Sew' adhesive – so stitching is optional!

Check out all our check, stripe and plaid designs on our products page.

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New Patch Designs for June 2013

Strawberry Selection, Purple Stars, Yellow Daisies
Last month we showed a few of the new fabrics we've introduced for our 2013 Spring and Summer patch collection.

Here are some of the finished products, perfect for summertime refashions and repairs.   These patches are available in all our standard shapes and in adult and child sizes – just click on the Products page to see the range.

Paisley and Rose Spring 2013 Iron on Elbow Patches by Vintage Patch
Purple and Pink Roses, Red Paisley


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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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New Reverse Repair Patch Kits

Our Reverse Repair Patch Kit has been designed for when you want to repair a hole in fabric from underneath.
Vintage-Patch Jeans Reverse Patch Repair Tear 1 small

Kits contain matching size squares of fabric and iron on adhesive
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….and are available in denim
Vintage-Patch Jeans Reverse Repair small

…and poly cotton floral fabrics.

Vintage-Patch Jeans Light Blue Floral Reverse Repair small

Vintage-Patch Jeans Navy Floral Reverse Patch Repair small


1. Ensure your patch is large enough.  If the hole or tear is untidy, now is the time to cut a more uniform aperture if you want to.

Vintage-Patch Jeans Reverse Repair size of patch small
2. It's essential to have plenty of margin around the hole you need to repair so there is adequate room for glue coverage. Patch kits come in two sizes, 10 x 10cm and 15 x 15cm..
Vintage-Patch Jeans Reverse Repair allow margins
3. Place glue sheet underneath fabric, shiny (glue) side down.  Ideally keep the straight edges of the paper running in the same direction as the grain of the fabric
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4. Carefully mark the edges of the hole on the glue paper with a pencil.  Now is a good time to also mark the direction of the fabric grain on the paper with an arrow which will help placement of the patch later.
Vintage-Patch Jeans Reverse Repair cut hole in glue sheet small
5. Cut about 2mm outside the edge of the pencil marks so the paper hole is very slightly larger than the one in your garment.
Vintage-Patch Jeans Reverse Repair Hole cut into glue sheet small
6. Place glue paper on top of the right side of the fabric patch. Make sure the arrow you've marked is running in the same direction as the fabric grain.  Iron paper
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7. Iron glue paper onto fabric patch with a medium hot iron for 5 – 20 seconds.  Allow to cool briefly.
Vintage-Patch Jeans Reverse Repair Iron glue sheet onto patch small
8. Peel off adhesive backing paper
Vintage-Patch Jeans Reverse Repair Peel glue sheet backing paper away small
9. You should clearly see the layer of glue coverage once you've peeled the backing paper away.
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10. Place fabric patch behind hole in the garment.   Make very sure that the patch is placed so that there is no glue showing around the edges of the aperature (as in the picture below) as this could  stick to the hot iron and make a mess.
Vintage-Patch Jeans Reverse repair ensure glue is not visible at edges of hole small
11. The placement of the patch in the picture below is correct.
Vintage-Patch Jeans Reverse Repair Position fabric underneath hole carefully small
12. With a medium to hot (not max temp) iron, press over the hole briefly for initial fix, then cover  area with a thin, slightly damp cloth (a muslin or thin tea towel works well) and press for 20 – 60 seconds  from both sides of the repair until garment and fabric has dried and a good fix has been achieved.
Vintage-Patch Jeans Reverse Repair iron using damp cloth small
13. Pay attention to the edges of the patch, but avoid lifting them to check for fix until fabric has cooled.
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14. The finished repair.  Providing your Reverse Patch has been applied correctly, the glue used for it should give a good fix for items washable at 40 degrees without further sewing, but for a better finished appearance, we always recommend sewing around your repair by hand or machine.
Vintage-Patch Jeans Reverse Repair small
Running stitch using contrast embroidery floss.
Vintage-Patch running stitched Jean Reverse Repair small
Why not try a chain stitch or other decorative embellishment.
Vintage-Patch running and chain stitched Jean Reverse Repair small

See our current range of Reverse Repair Patch Kits

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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

Fawn and Pink Floral Elbow Patches by Vinrtage-Patch small






Fawn and Pink Floral Print

Light Blue Trailing Rose Print Elbow Patch by Vintage-Patch small





Light Blue Trailing Rose

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Navy Blue Floral Poly Cotton Print

Cream Skulls and Roses Print Elbow Patches by Vintage-Patch small





Cream and Red Skulls and Roses Motif

Peach and Blue Floral Print Elbow Patches by Vintage-Patch small





Peach and Blue Floral Print