It’s no secret that sweaters are my favorite closet staple. Along with being practical in the infinite New England tundra, they are the hug you crave all winter. So, when brainstorming gift ideas, these tangled knots of wool were on the top of everyone’s lists because I wanted to share the joy & warmth that a new, cozy sweater brings me. My mom, adoring the style of the traditional elbow patch, requested a sweater with a personalized touch.
Having a love affair with the color red and our very sweet 10 month old Golden retriever, I grabbed a holly sweater (thrifted) from Jcrew that would easily comply with my alterations. I used corduroy I had as scrap from another project to construct my elbow patches. First, I ironed head and bond (careful to acknowledge the fabric type to set the appropriate heat setting on the iron). Then I cut out the paw prints, peeled off the backing of the head and bond/fabric, and ironed them on to the sweater. In this case I used the sew-able package, so i hand stitched the edges of my patches to ensure a long life of my garment. You can use the red package (non-sew-able) for a stronger hold.
- Heat and bond (sew-able or ultra hold)
- Needle and thread
Tips: the thicker the fabric (of the sweater & the patch) the harder it will be to fuse. A thick wool sweater is unfortunately not ideal and will cause a lot of sewing grief.
Paw sweater : sweater Jcrew (old) / boots LL bean
Album sweater: shoes Primark / necklaces (similiar) Jcrew
*crafted while watching the Hallmark Christmas Channel*0