project 12: DIY felted elbow patches

Gold heart DIY elbow patches

DIY Elbow Patches

Hey readers!

Happy Wednesday! If you live in the United States, I hope you enjoyed your 4th of July weekend. We took advantage of the holiday by wine tasting for the first time. A few friends planned such an extraordinary day and we were so lucky to be a part of such a fun group. Wine tasting in a castle? I’ve never felt so fancy.


Even though we’re in the middle of Summer, its time to start thinking about early Fall updates. Everyone has a few staples that carry over season to season, but even those go-to items start wearing out after awhile. Instead of buying a new sweater, I decided to update a cardigan I already have by doing this tutorial on Pinterest, created by Honestly WTF.

This tutorial actually inspired the birth of this blog and it was one of the first projects I ever pinned. These cute patches sat on my “to make” board for so long, begging to be made, and I hoped this blog challenge would inspire a little creative motivation. I’m so happy I finally got around to it. The patches can be made into any shape, size, or color and put on almost any fabric. Next time, I’ll make the patches a little bigger to counter the shrinkage that happens in the wash.

DIY Gold Elbow Patches DIY Elbow Patches

This project requires very few tools and materials, and takes only about one hour. How is that for a fast and inexpensive sweater update!?

TOP TIP! Instead of buying a felting sponge or foam, just use a classic green and yellow sponge. It actually worked better than the one made specifically for felting.

Thanks for reading! What other ways have you guys updated old wardrobe staples?

7 thoughts on “project 12: DIY felted elbow patches

  1. I think I’ve had this project on my list for about a year and after seeing your gorgeous rendition, I vow to get it done by the end of summer 😀 Now that I have these expert tips, there is no reason not to!

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