Remember elbow patches? We’ve been wondering what happened to them! They are one of the simplest and most adorable ways to upgrade your clothes for cuteness’ sake or because they have a tiny hole in them that maybe needs hiding. If you are still writing up your New Year’s resolutions, one of them can be to bring back elbow patches for good. Start with these 13 DIY elbow patches!
1. Raccoon Elbow Patches
Raccoons aren’t the most welcome guests if you find them rummaging through your kitchen in the middle of the night, but they mean no harm on these elbow patches by Imagine Gnats! They are the perfect choice if you want to add a mischievous element to your clothes!
2. Glitter Balloon Elbow Patches
What could possibly feel more celebratory than glitter balloons? If you want to bring some sparkly and festive magic to your clothes, Studio DIY shares a tutorial for glitter balloon elbow patches that are going to do the job just marvelously!
3. Fabric Heart Elbow Patches
When you’re upgrading your long sleeve shirts, you want them to remain cozy but give them a charming look at the same time. A Beautiful Mess will show you how to achieve both with these heart elbow patches that you can make with your favorite choice of fabric.
4. Flannel Heart Elbow Patches
Do your shirts feel a bit monotonous and could definitely do with some color? A little flannel is just what they need! Check in with Apartment Therapy to see how you can bless your plain shirts with colorful flannel elbow patches in a shape of a heart!
5. Cactus Elbow Patches
We’re always giving away extra points for creativity and the elbow patches we found at Brit + Co are getting all the points! The little green cactuses are just what you need to draw attention to your outfit and present yourself as a funky, desert-adoring person!
6. Ice Cream Elbow Patches
Are you a total ice cream addict? If so, we’re absolutely on your team! Studio DIY‘s ice cream elbow patches are a great way to update your long sleeved shirt if you’re hosting an ice cream party and want to dress the part. They are definitely going to cause some serious cravings!
7. Sequin Elbow Patches
Sequin can make anything look fancy and glamorous, it’s like a superpower. Got a shirt that feels a bit meh when you look at it, but you know it still has some potential? Check out how See Kate Sew used sequin elbow patches to completely transform a shirt!
8. Scrap Fabric Elbow Patches
All of us who live and breathe DIY projects eventually run into the same problem: having a giant box of fabric scraps and not knowing what to do with them. Thankfully, Brit + Co can take some of it off of our hands with this tutorial for scrap fabric elbow patches!
9. Knit Elbow Patches
Winter is the perfect time for knitting warm clothes, or at the very least, knitting decoration for your existing clothes. Give any old sweater of yours a much-needed makeover by knitting these heart-shaped elbow patches! Creating Laura will show you how.
10. Wool Elbow Patches
Softness can be a big element when you’re choosing or creating your clothes – not just softness to the touch, but also the softness of the style. We’re really impressed by the wool elbow patches we found at Honestly WTF and their noticeable but delicate look!
11. Fox Elbow Patches
Foxes are known as the trickers of the animal kingdom. We all have a bit of a trickster inside of us, so if you really want to channel your devilish side, these fox elbow patches by Adventures in Crafting are the perfect choice. They are nothing short of adorable either!
12. Woven Elbow Patches
Maybe you really want elbow patches but there’s no fabric in your house and you don’t want to commit to buying new one for such a small project. Abigail Cecile will teach you how to make woven elbow patches that are totally the real deal and they only require some colored floss!
13. Studded Elbow Patches
Studded clothes may look edgy at first glance, but if you opt for these studded elbow patches, you’ll actually be playing on the safe side of fashion. How so? Because studs never go out of style! Stay true to the evergreen trends and find the step-by-step at Behind the Seams!