Monday, 21 October 2013

Heart elbow patch DIY

The other day I saw someone with elbow patches on their jumper and I was instantly inspired to make some kawaii ones for myself, So here's a tutorial. It's really easy to make and doesn't take much time, the finished thing looks pretty cute too :3

What you will need:
  • The jumper that you want to decorate.
  • Some fabric in your chosen colour - this is for the patch, colours that go well are pink/blue, yellow/purple etc. If you're going for a fairy kei kind of look be sure to use pastel colours.
  • A5 paper.
  • Pencil.
  • Scissors.
  • Pin.
  • Thread that matches the colour of the patch and an iron not pictured because I forgot :/

Start by folding the paper in half horizontally.

Draw half a heart shape on one side of the fold if you want you can just find a pic of a heart online and print it out.

Fold the page and cut out the shape.

So you should have a heart shape like this.

Trace around the heart onto the back of the fabric you want for your patch do this twice, one for each sleeve.

Cut around the line, leave about 1-2cm for seam allowance.

Cut notches on the edge of the fabric where there are curves and corners as shown.

Iron the seam allowance down onto the wrong side of the fabric.

When you turn it around it should look like this, as you can see the edges are not smooth but you can fix this when you sew it on.

Repeat with the other heart.

Put the jumper on and put a pin through the sleeve in the centre of your elbow, but be careful!

Place the heart on the sleeve, use the pin to help you place it.

Now you can pin it and sew it on if the edges of yours are like mine you can edit it when sewing by stretching out the sides a little when you stitch. Make small stitches over the edge of the fabric, about 4mm apart.

Repeat with the other sleeve. But this time rather than using a pin to find where the centre of your elbow is, you can trace several points from the first sleeve onto the other to make it symmetrical.

And that's it! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and have a go yourself :)