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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!

Lola loves… A DIY geometric t-shirt

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Pinspiration day!

On Pinspiration day, I take an idea from Pinterest and use it to make a home DIY project. Today I’m making a geometric print t-shirt first posted from Etsy.

I made my version of this t-shirt using homemade stamps and ink.

Original Pin

Original Pin

My DIY version

My DIY version

What you need:
Craft foam
A ruler
A pen
Scissors/ a craft knife and mat
Bottle tops/ plastic caps
A cheap or old t-shirt
Craft ink (I used a black ink by VersaCraft, which can be used on fabric)

Using your ruler, measure and draw your shapes onto foam. Obviously, you don’t have to stick to geometric shapes, though these are quick and easy to do.

Cut your foam shapes. I used two foam shapes glued on top of one another to create a thicker stamp. Then glue the shapes onto upturned bottle lids or the plastic tops to hairspray etc. Grown-up crafters like to use proper wooden blocks but I’m child and like instant gratification so I improvised.

Once these are fully dry you’re good to start printing! But hold on…

  • Remember to protect the other side of your top from ink that could bleed through. To do this, place a plastic bin liner inside the t-shirt.
  • Make sure you’re stamping onto a hard surface as this will make for a better print.
  • Practise makes perfect! You might want to do a few trial stamps on a scrap bit of fabric.

Let your stamps dry fully and then remember to iron both the front and reverse side of the fabric to fix your ink, that way it won’t fade in the wash. Happy stamping!


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