Hey y’all! I have been trying all day to get this blog out! In a perfect world this blog would have be ready to go first thing this morning, but alas, adulting had to happen this morning. Adulting was followed by technical issues (well that may have been user error), and now it is after dinner time here!
This blog is going to serve as the first “Make it Mine” blog! Here at Petite Stitchery & Co we want you to be able to make the most of our patterns! This means from time to time, we will show you how to “hack” an existing pattern and make something else! In this case, I am sharing how to add elbow patches to the Sapphire Layering T (although you could add them to just about anything you want). I also included some cute Jack-o-Lantern faces that we used in a shoot! If you are “Last Minute McGee” like me, you might still need to embellish something for Halloween!
Now, I know you are thinking “we don’t have any patterns yet”, but be patient y’all! We wanted to go ahead and share these so you would be even more excited! The Make it Mine “hack” below will show you how to add an elbow patch.
First, you have to head over to the “shop” tab and snag your copy of the Elbow Patches! This is a zipped digital file. Once you unzip your file you will find; a PDF pattern piece, 5 shaped SVG files and 1 Halloween SVG file. The SVG files are for you to use with a personal cutting machine (ex: silhouette or cricut) and the PDF is a pattern piece for you to use with fabric.
If you are using vinyl for your machine, simply cut it as you normally would using the cut files provided. The tree, pumpkin, heart and/or turkey elbow patches will need to be sized based on your child. The oval elbow patch cut files are as follows RED- sizes 6 and up, GREEN- sizes 3T to 5T, PURPLE- sizes 9-12m to 2T, YELLOW- NB to 6-9m.
If you are using the PDF pattern pieces, use the size according to the pattern pieces. You will see that there is an option for “hemmed” or “un-hemmed”. The hemmed elbow patch would be used if you are using woven fabrics, woven fabric will fray if not hemmed. Fabrics that are good for the un-hemmed elbow patch are; vegan leather, knit or fleece.
You will add your elbow patch to your sleeve PRIOR to constructing your garment. Let’s get started!!
If you are using woven fabric for your elbow patches, follow below. If you do not need to hem, skip to Step 4.
Step 1: Cut 2 main fabrics and 2 lining using the appropriate sized pattern piece.
Step 2: Place the lining and main fabrics right sides together. Pin in place. Sew the patches closed, using a 3/8″ seam allowance. Leave a 1/2″ opening to turn your fabric through. Clip the curves (pinking shears make this quick and easy).
Step 3: Push your pieces right side out, through the 1/2″ opening. Press.
Step 4: Lay both your sleeves right side up. Place the patch (or vinyl) about midway down the arm of your sleeve. Make sure your patch is closer to the back of the arm at least a 1/2″ from the raw edge of your sleeve, do not center your elbow patch. Make sure when you add your second patch that your sleeve mirror each other. Pin in place if using fabric patches.
Step 5: If you are using vinyl, press the elbow patch to your sleeve. If you are using a fabric patch; sew all the way around the elbow patch 1/8″ away from the seam, moving slowly.
Step 6: When you pin your sleeve to the bodice of your garment, make sure that your elbow patch is towards the back of the garment. Just like that, you are DONE!
Our Jack-O-Lantern cuties at the pumpkin patch! Can you tell our littles were deep in conversation!
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