DIY Heart Elbow Patches

So, this idea for diy elbow patches is definitely not new. I've seen variations floating all over pinterest, on many a fashion blogger's elbow and most recently on the small fry blog with their diy no-sew knee patches. I was particularly inspired by the no-sew part of their project. I don't have a ton of free time these days so quick and easy is always up my alley (and much better for the creative soul than cleaning, am I right?)

I used a combination of all the great ideas out there and got to work using some scrap felt I had lying around from Alice's mobile. It took a whopping 10 minutes to complete.

DIY heart elbow patches
DIY heart elbow patches

It was so easy, here's how to make your own:

DIY heart elbow patches

Supplies:
- long sleeved shirt
- fabric glue (available at any craft store, I got mine at wal-mart)
- cookie cutters for shapes (or you can freehand if you're crazy like that)
- tape
- scissors
- scrap fabric* (I used a soft felt)

*be warned, you might want to finish the edges (zig zag stitch or hand sew) if you use a fabric that will fray, you could also try pinking sheers to avoid fray. This was one of the reasons I chose the felt, I read jersey was good for no fray as well.

step 1:
- Put the shirt on and mark where you want the patch to go on your (or your kiddo's) elbow using tape or chalk. Good luck if your child is 16 months old like mine.

step 2:
- trace your shape onto felt. I recommend using a soft felt so it will bend nicely with the elbow.

step 3:
- cut out two identical shapes.

step 4:
- cover the back of heart with fabric glue. Make sure to really get all the edges so there is no lifting of the fabric. I used an old paint brush to apply so I could get good coverage.

step 5:
- apply to your marked spot on the shirt, press down firmly, secure with some washi tape or a heavy book and let dry according to glue directions (mine was 48 hours before wearing).

And you're done!

DIY heart elbow patches

It was darn near impossible to get a shot of an active tornado, I mean toddler. The elbows aren't the most stable part of her body and I think she was confused why I kept trying to get behind her. You get the jist ;)

DIY heart elbow patches

I'm linking up to Holly's 'scrap week' party over at in the fun lane. This girl is an endless supply of creativity and I have her to thank for the motivation on this project. Thanks, Holly! Hop on over to see some more great ideas to use up all your old fabric scraps.

Christine

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  2. I have seen this, and loved the look of it, but you make it look so easy! This little project is now bumped up on my "someday, when I have time, to-do" list. Thanks :)

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    1. It was super easy! I had to bump it onto my "I don't have time but I'm going to do it anyway" list ;)

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  3. This is such a sweet idea!! Absolutely love it!!

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  5. Cute, let me know if they stay on through the wash.

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    1. They passed the washed test! I washed them inside out and they look just fine.

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  6. Very cute. I'd love to make that for my baby girl when she's born & gets a little older!

    Miya from miyaloves.blogspot.com

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  7. Awww, she wears her heart on her sleeve!

    You genius!! I am SO borrowing this idea, love it!!! In fact, gonna Pin this right after I leave my comment.

    Alice's pigtails are killing me. She's too much, much too much, that one. Also dying over the thought of her "What gives, ma, get away from my elbows."

    Yay Scrap Week! So true, this is a way better use of our "free" time than cleaning =]

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    1. You should totally do it, it was so easy. Except for the marking the elbows/photographing part - good luck with that ;)

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  8. You're so crafty and cool. Love it! Way to go Christine.

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    1. Thanks, Amy. You're quite cool yourself, lady!

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  9. Christine, you rock my socks!! And my elbows now too. Forget kids clothes, I'm doing this for my own. Seriously.

    Great modeling Alice!!
    Holly

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    1. Thanks, Holly! I totally want to do some for myself too!

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  10. so cute. your posts are always so visually pleasing. my eyes thank you ;)

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  11. Soooo super cute! I need to find the time to "try" and do this - goodness knows I would probably make it a total fail - Way to go though... you are an awesome mumma!

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  12. I love this!! I did something similar with old jeans for my boys... added trains and air plane patches... they were a hit!!

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  13. Oh my gosh. These are so cute. Totally pinning this!

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  16. Good job :) i like your blog posts. Happy blogging!

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  17. LOVE THIS! I saw a post on Pinterest on this a while back that seemed way too intense, but this seems nice and easy. Definitely want to try on some boring long sleeved shirts that I have!

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