DIY sequin elbow patch sweater

Written by Vivian of Vivileen and Suz+Viv.
sequin elbow patch tutorial
I love elbow patches and almost all things sparkly, so I thought a great way to change up an old or thrifted sweater or cardigan would be to add sparkly elbow patches.  The oatmeal cardigan I used for this project has been sitting in my closet neglected for quite a while.  I wanted to give it some excitement with these elbow patches.

sequin elbow patch tutorial
Even though cardigans fit an almost 8 month baby bump I had my twin Suz model for my photos so the bump wouldn’t be too distracting ;)

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DIY sequin elbow patch sweater

Materials:
- fusible interfacing
- sequin fabric (other sparkly fabrics would work too, I think metallic pleather would look great)
- cardigan or pullover sweater
- fabric scissors
- sewing machine
- needle and thread
-elbow patch template

sequin elbow patch tutorial

Cut two interfacing rectangles and two sequin fabric rectangles about the same size of your elbow patches.  (This sweater is a thin knit so I used the small elbow patch size, but for a larger or chunkier sweater I would use the large elbow patch size.)

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Iron interfacing to sequin fabric.

sequin elbow patch tutorial

Use the patch pattern to cut out elbow patches.

sequin elbow patch tutorial

Use a zig sag stitch to sew around the edge of the patches.  This gives them a more finished look once they are sewn on the sweater.
sequin elbow patch tutorial

Measure where you want the elbow patch sewn on.  To do this try on your sweater and bend your elbow.  Mark with a fabric marker or pin where the tip of your elbow hits the sweater when it’s bent.

sequin elbow patch tutorial

Pin the patches in place centered over your mark.  (To make sure the patches were exactly where I wanted I tried on my sweater again once the patches were pinned on.)

sequin elbow patch tutorial

Hand sew the patches on and you’re done!

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