Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Tutorial: Elbow Patches and Patch Pockets

I am a sucker for elbow patches. Any time I see a shirt with elbow patches I have to buy it, which got me thinking. 'Wouldn't this be easy to make?' The answer is yes. Too easy really. And I love the way it looks with the mismatched colors.

All you will need is a long sleeve shirt (Mine is from Forever21) and any fabric you want! (Mine is from Hobby Lobby)

First make a pocket pattern, this is more of a trial and error type situation. Based on what shape you like and what size. 
Tip: Test it on your shirt as you go to make sure it is a good size for your shirt. 

Lay it on your fabric and cut 2! I cut mine on fold so it was one less side to sew! Sew around leaving a small hole and inside out it. 

Top stitch around!
Tip: Using a zig-zag stitch produces a more crafty look.

For the elbow patches repeat the same process except double up your already doubled fabric so you have 4 layers! Just feel it out and cut 2 ovals (Or you can get crafty and do another shape!)
Repeat the same process as above. 

Now you can either use glue or sew the pocket and the patches on. If you use glue make sure it is water proof and you have cardboard under so it doesn't soak through. 

That's it! 

Happy Patching!

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