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Lola loves… jazzing up with elbow patches

I’m all for jazzing up old clothing especially if it means a quick project turns something you don’t wear much into something you love.

I gave this chunky wool knit cardy a bit of extra personality simply by changing the buttons and adding custom-made elbow patches. (The elbows were fine, I just like the extra detail).

I chose chunky brown buttons to match the knit and used heavy weight grey material for the elbow pads.

Use a template to get an even shape (I used a soap dish) and cut two pieces from your material plus two matching pieces from iron-on interfacing such as WonderWeb.

I added a little extra detailing to the edges of the grey patches by machine sewing round the edge without loading any thread on the machine. This creates little holes that you see in the patches you can buy from shops. If you fancy being a bit more adventurous you can use contrasting dark or bright thread. Bright vintage or floral fabrics also look great as patches.

Place a piece of interfacing onto the reverse side of your material and pin this to the arm of the cardigan where you’d like to patch. It’s best to try it on now to check it’s in the right place. Iron on to adhere as the instructions direct you to (pressing firmly with the iron and making sure you don’t move the fabric).

Bingo, you have a customised cardy within an hour!

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Lola loves… A quick embroidered cardigan

Is there nothing craft can’t fix? Exhibit ‘A’ is this dull grey cardy with not much going for it. Mix a bit of craft magic and you’ve got a one off piece that’s suddenly got some balls.

This is another example of the Sublime Stitching patterns (which I reviewed here) put to good use. A great bonus is that it can be done in just one evening.

I gave the stretchy fabric extra strength by ironing Wonderweb onto the back of the area I wanted to stitch, this made sewing neat stitches much easier.

Once you’re done sewing you can also iron another layer over the first patch to seal any loose ends (Just make sure the patch of wonder web is larger than the first so that your iron doesn’t melt the glue as this can leave sticky, dirty marks on both the iron and the fabric.)

I think this looks great with colour-pop accessories that pick out the colours of the embroidery. My favourite way to wear it is with a yellow belt, yellow heels, a red ring, navy pencil skirt and a stripy top.


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