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Taking care of our clothes increases their lifespan. But time and use wears out parts of our clothes, even when the rest of the piece is in perfect condition.

Besides, accidents happen. Occasionally, with no intention, we rip a sweater, a pair of pants or our favorite blazer. But, no worries, there is a quite stylish solution for these misadventures: patches.

Patches are an ideal solution for when a piece deteriorates due to constant friction or simply because it ripped. In addition the market offers quite a few options: small patches 100% cotton to repair ripped jeans and pants, multi-colored patches for type of fabric, elbow and knee oval patches made in cotton, fake and natural leather and fabulous decorative patches for when ripped stuff puts you in a creative mood, like these , these and this one. The good news is that the vast majority of patches nowadays come iron-on! Which significantly eases the work, making it possible for a sewing debutant. In particular, elbow patches. So…

How to add elbow patches to a sweater

  1. Iron the piece on which you are going to place the patch

2. Taking into account where the hole is, make sure that the elbow patch is positioned correctly in reference to the elbow (the elbow must coincide with the center of the patch). Place the piece and measure from the base of the sleeve, to the base of the elbow. You need this measure when working the other sleeve

3. Heat the iron to a medium temperature, we don’t want to burn the patch. Make sure to turn off the steam on your iron. Gently, iron the patch making sure it stays still. If necessary, use pins to fix the piece. Apply a little heat and remove pins as soon as the patch begins to set. Continue applying heat until you consider that the patch is well fixed.

4. Using a top stitch thread, begin to hand sew the piece to the sleeve, you will do two rounds, as shown in the following diagram:

Round N° 1
Round N° 2

It should look like this

If you try this tutorial, let us know! Leave a comment, rate it, and don’t forget to tag a photo #ateliercirculaire on Instagram. Cheers, friends!

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