15 Unique Elbow Patches for Sweaters

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Elbow patches are supposed to reenforce shirt sleeves or cover up holes, but most of the time, they’re only there because they look cool. It’s an old-fashioned necessity that has sparked dozens of creative DIY designs, easy enough for a timid sewer to accomplish.

1. Cute animal faces, like raccoons and cats

racoon elbow patches
Imagine Gnats
cat elbow patches
Minxshop
cat elbow patch
Minxshop

via Minx; DIY via Imagine Gnats

2. Knitted or stitched with yarn

knit elbow patches
karenbarbe.com/
knit stitch heart elbow patches
One Sheepish Girl
knit stitch heart elbow patches
One Sheepish Girl

DIY via Karen Barbé and One Sheepish Girl

3.  Stripes underneath the hole (rather than above it)

striped elbow patch under sweater
miette

via Miette

4. Leather hearts, hexagons or ovals

leather heart elbow patches
lovestitched.com
DIY Leather Elbow Patches- Hexagon
onelittlemomma.com
leather elbow patch
Childerhouse

DIY via Love Stitched, One Little Momma, and Childerhouse

5. Fabric that matches another part of shirt/sweater

DIY elbow patch sweatshirt
blackandwhiteandlovedallover.com

DIY via Black & White and Loved All Over

6. With a lace trim

DIY pretty flower elbow patch
beingzhenya.com

DIY via Being Zhenya

7. Polar bears!

polar bear elbow patches
streetfsn.com

via STREETFSN

8. Nautical patterns

DIY nautical anchors elbow patches
Constellation Inspiration

DIY via Constellation Inspiration

9. Bejeweled

jeweled elbow patch
mrkate.com
jeweled elbow patch
mrkate.com

DIY via Mr. Kate

10. A little owl

owl elbow patch
thediymommy.com

DIY via The DIY Mommy

11. Sequins either on a patch or sewn directly onto the sleeve

sequined elbow patch
made2style.com
diamond sequin elbow patch
lapetitetailleuse.com

DIY via Made 2 Style and La Petite Tailleuse

12. Felted hearts

felted heart elbow patches
whollykao.com
felted heart elbow patches
whollykao.com

DIY via Wholly Kao

13. A lace doily as a patch

doily elbow patch
Urban Nester

DIY via Urban Nester

14. Festive Christmas trees or snowmen

christmas tree elbow patch
jojoandeloise.com
snowman elbow patch
jojoandeloise.com

DIY via JoJo & Louise

15. Triangles

triangle elbow patch
Mon Ampersand

DIY via Mon Ampersand

 

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