Trendy and functional- a rarity for fashion statements. Perhaps you've loved your favorite sweater a bit too much and now theres a bit of wear- or worse! a hole developing on the elbows. Of course, you wouldn't dare to throw it out, it is your favorite after all. Elbow patches to the rescue! Whether you just want to add some character or some bandaging at the elbows, patches are a quick cure all!
In this instructable, I'll show you a couple different ways to go about making your elbow patches
Just a quick note on how to find your true elbow on a shirt/ sweater. For use on either of the methods that I've outlined here, you can either measure the space between your wrist and your elbow then subsequently use that measurement and add the very center of the elbow patch to that spot. Or you can wear your shirt and with a dab of water, mark where your elbow is. This second option is the way I prefer, but I've shown both below.
Let's get started!
Step 1: Iron-on Method
For this method you will need:
Fabric of your choice (you can literally use any type of fabric for this method, as the adhesive will not allow the edges to fray (much) )
thread & needle
pins or safety pins
Cut out a pattern in any shape you like from paper. I chose a rectangle with rounded edges, nothing too fancy. But feel free to get creative here: I've seen heart, circle and star shaped elbow patches and they look awesome!
Now, place your patch fabric over the shiny part of your iron-on adhesive, front-side facing. Run the iron over the fabric with the adhesive below.
Trace your paper pattern or simply place-on-top of the fabric and cut out. Remove paper-side of the adhesive, and now you're ready to iron the patch onto your shirt/sweater.