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Beige Multi Heart before and after

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.

How many upcycled transformations can we make from this heap of kids clothes?

Vintage-Patch Mini Range of Iron on Patches for Children

The new ‘Mini’ range is available in heart, circle, square and oval shapes.  They join adult and child size patches in most of our usual fabrics. Simply choose the patch fabric design you like (shown in our shop as oval by default) and then select your preferred size and shape from the options button.  TIP – Check which measurements will be suitable for your garment. These are listed in the ‘additional information’ section.

Equipment and Materials

I picked out this long sleeve t shirt to refashion as it’s the type of garment readily available in many high street shops. I had the ideal match in mind to lift the oatmeal jersey into another realm with a pair of gorgeous beige 100% cotton ‘multi heart’ patches.  This patch design is also available in navy blue so I’ll try and bring you another post using that before the end of the challenge.  The mini patch size of these ovals are 9cm x 6cm so perfect for younger childrens’ clothing sizes.


Beige Multi Heart Print Cotton Iron On Elbow / Knee Patches
Pink Cream Trailing Rose Print Cotton Iron On Elbow / Knee Patches
Light Green & Pink Rose Print Cotton Iron On Elbow / Knee Patches


The Refashion

Once I’d measured for postion, I removed the patch backing and ironed them into position.  I could have left the patches unsewn but I prefer to finish them off with a line of running stitch around the edge.  I find this simple and quick to do and like the hard wearing and attractive finish.

If you’d like more help with the patch application process, see our helpful Iron on Patch Instructions

So, there it is. I’d love your feedback – let me know what you think?

I should have another project to post tomorrow. Meantime, why not have a go yourself?  Better still, email me a photo of your creation so I  can feature it on the website.


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