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Monday, April 27, 2015

How To: Corduroy Elbow Patches

I am so happy that Spring is here! We had a very mild winter, so I can't complain, but all the blooms and green growing has me ready for summer weather. We are still having chilly mornings and rainy days..even a little snow, so I haven't put away all my long sleeves yet!

I love the detail of corduroy elbow patches, and have been eyeing a few sweaters with them all winter long. I never wanted to put up the dollars for any of them, so I picked up an inexpensive long sleeve at Costco, and decided to add my own detail for a comfy "go to" on brisk mornings. 

The patches were simple to iron on. I added a button stitch for extra security, but they adhered pretty well without the stitching too!

You will need:
Long plain long sleeve shirt or sweater
1/8 yard of Corduroy fabric
1/8 yard of Fusible bonding web
Scratch paper
Stick pins
Ironing Board
Hot pad

1. On a sheet of scratch or grid line paper, draw out your patch. Mine was a 3x4" heart. I folded my paper down the center of the heart before I cut it out to ensure that it was symmetrical. Cut out 2 identical patch patterns. 

2. Use your pattern to cut out 2 patches out of your corduroy. Cut out 2 identical pieces from your bonding web as well. 

3. Place your pattern where desired on your shirt sleeves while one a flat surface. Using pins, attach the patterns to the sleeves. Be careful to only pine the patterns to the back of the sleeves, not all the way through to the front. Try your sweater on to ensure that the patterns are even on both sleeves and that your elbows hit exactly in the center of the patches. Adjust as necessary. You may need the help of a friend to eyeball the spacing while you try the sweater on. 

4. Once the patterns are pinned exactly where desired, lay the sweater flat on your ironing board. Place a folded hot pad inside the sleeve under the patch to avoid the bonding web bonding the sleeve shut. 

5. Carefully remove the pins from your pattern without moving the pattern's location. Line up your bonding web and patch. Place down on desired location while simultaneously sliding out the pattern from under the patch. 

6. Iron your patch on according to your bonding web's instructions. Repeat on the other sleeve of your sweater. 

7. Add a stitch around the edges of your elbow patches if desired. Otherwise, you're done!

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