Tuesday, January 8, 2013

how to: elbow patches

I must admit I am a blazer lover. For some reason I think they go with everything I wear. I'm not totally sure that's true. I have been rocking the same blazers for a year or two now and I have been thinking they need a little pizzaz. I started seeing really cute jackets with elbow patches and it hit me how simple it would be to make that adjustment. It was as easy as I thought and turned out adorable! Here is how you can too...


fabric (I used suede and corduroy)
needle and thread
elbow patch pattern (you can try this one but I thought it was a little big so I made my own)

the steps

1. Cut two patches from your fabric using your pattern.

2. Try on your jacket to figure out the appropriate placement of your patch and pin it there.

3. Pick your thread and stitch around your patch (I chose to hand stitch mine).

4. Try it on and see how good you look!

And to add a little funk...


  1. Love this DIY! Totally gorgeous revamp on a classic piece like a blazer.

    1. It really was a fun project! I am already scouting out sweaters to revamp!

  2. Replies
    1. I so hope you do! It was such an easy update!

  3. Do you have to do anything special to keep the corduroy from fraying?

    1. Great question! I did not do anything and havent had any trouble but there is fray glue you can buy that I would have used had I had some around. Here is an example of one: http://www.amazon.com/Dritz-674-Liquid-Sealant-0-75-Ounce/dp/B0019KBWA2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359410230&sr=8-1&keywords=fray+glue