24 August 2011

Fate is at your elbow...

Hello again :)

So fate is at your elbow... Suppose you better protect it with some lovely elbow patches! 

I've always had a massive thing for Elbow patches. Even though it's just a little detail it can transform clothing from YAWN to WOW! 

All Asos 
Left and Right: Zara
Middle: Asos
OR OF COURSE: You could easily make some DIY elbow patches. It's next on my 'to do' list!

All you would need is...

  • some sturdy fabric like suede/leather. (Or You could use anything really). 
  • Scissors, needle & thread/fabric glue. Sewing pins.
  • Paper/cardboard/whatever to draw the elbow patch pattern onto...
  • And a garment that needs some love and attention
All you have to do it...
  • Draw an 'elbow patch' pattern onto your paper, and cut around it. 
  • Place the pattern onto the fabric and draw around it
  • Fold the fabric in half. Pin together and cut around the pattern (this will give you 2 elbow patches lol)
  • Secure onto garment using pins (in the right place... probs best to try the garment on first and mark where the patches need to go)
  • Hand sew/glue securely onto the garment. Personally I think hand sewing gives the best effect rather than gluing.. I like to see a contrasting stitch. 
BOOM... You have a beautiful new item of clothing :) 

I love learning where something originated from and why it's there; Elbow patches were historically used on men's 'shooting jackets' and other hunting clothing. They were used to protect clothing from wear and tear from the rifles. I think it's crazy how something that originated from hunting attire can become fashion. This is what I love about fashion, how designers incorporate things that are completely 'off-topic' into their designs. I love how something that was never meant to be fashionable became fashionable! Fashion is such an awesome thing :) 

Have a fun week :) 


  1. I love elbow patches, don't know if I'd manage a DIY job probably end up mismatched! x

  2. Great post, love the DIY tips!

  3. I love the elbow patch design too, but I dread to think what the result product would be if I tried to do it myself! I think I’ll stick to the high street ones, they have some gorgeous ones on cardigans in h&m! x

  4. Elbow patches look so good in sweatshirts and blazers! Love them!! Those in the first pic with star shape are great!


  5. Ohh, thanks for the idea! I didn't even think of doing them in funky shapes!
    *Bookmarks* :) x

  6. I saw a blazer similar the the asos one in h&m the other day and I want it! But now I also want this cardigan...

  7. You know what - I have never consideredd them until now ha-ha but looking at your 'classic' compilation - WOW! Love the look of them they really add something unique to an item of clothing - great finds!


  8. Great post, don't nomrally go for elbow patches but I love the Zara cardie!

    Jules @ A Bit of Jules

  9. Great post! Totally agree with you, it's so odd it came from hunting! and I love them :)

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  10. I love the elbow patches on knitwear I never thought of just buying a nice jumper and putting some on myself

  11. i adore elbow patches! i think they're amazing; h&m have some nice jumpers/cardigans with elbow patches at the moment which are good if you are awful at DIY (aka me;D)
    xo Elly @ strawberrylacemoustache.blogspot.com

  12. I really, really love the second one!

  13. Ooh this is such a good idea for a DIY project. I will have to have a hunt for an old cardi I can add some elbow patches to!

  14. I'm a bit obsessed with elbow patches! x hivenn

  15. ahhh these are so cool,always wanted to make some,cant wait to see how you do yours :)

    Kate xo

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