15 Unique Elbow Patches for Sweaters

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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