Elbow Patches – not just for geography teachers!

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I adore an elbow patch !

I’ve jumpers with plain oval patches, a cashmere cardi with gold leather patches and a navy and white striped Maison Scotch top with navy stars on the elbows. Once I even had a jumper with SEQUIN elbow patches. It was a beauty!

You can imagine my delight when I found this grey striped top with red HEARTS on the sleeve in Gap. It was a ‘must have’ purchase and the fact it was on sale was the final deciding factor.

You can easily put cool patches onto your own clothes. Below you can see the pink star patches I put into a friends cardi.

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All I did was iron on some Bondaweb on the back of the cotton fabric. Cut out a patch in whatever shape you desire. I used pinking sheers to ensure there was no fraying.

Check where you are placing the patch on the sleeve. Need to match up to your elbow position !

Lie the garment flat on your ironing board and make sure the sleeves are lying flat too. Peel the paper off the back of the patch and place where you want them. Press with a hot iron without steam and allow the Bondaweb to fuse to the garment underneath. You may like to cover with a tea towel to protect the fabrics underneath.

Leave it a couple of minutes to cool down and remove tea towel. That’s it !

Being cautious as I didn’t know how the patch would stand up to the washing machine, I used some lime green embroidery silk to put a running stitch around the edge of the patch, about 1cm in to secure the patch a little more.

It also is a great design feature, I love contrasting stitching. Adds a little something.

Happy customising and show your Geography teacher how to rock an elbow patch!

L xx

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Customised stripey straws

Well it has literally been an age since I last blogged and so now I am determind to write some more posts.

Just a quick one tonight but a sweet little project for parties. Customised paper straws.

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I recently organised a party for a friend of mine with a red and white theme.

I bought some fab stripey paper straws and was going to be serving cocktails in retro mini milk bottles with said straws. That was all very well but a little plain !

I decided to customise the straws with some little paper banners that are easily printed out on a pc.

Simply type your message out and perhaps add a little picture if you fancy it. I used a heart as it was a hen night. Make sure you leave a decent margin on the left hand side of the sentence as this has to be wrapped around the straw to secure.

Type out as many banners as you have straws, plus a couple of extras in case of accidents! I double return between each line of type so that my banner is not too mean and stingy when I cut it.

Print out and cut into strips. I like I make a ‘v’ shaped notch into the far end of the message, looks more finished that just a straight end I think.

Next take a little glue and dab onto the back of the strip opposite end to the notch. Bend and stick around the straw where you’d like it and squeeze quite firmly. Hold for a few seconds. I then leave the straw to dry by popping it into a glass where it can remain upright.

And that’s it ! Simple, cute and a really sweet way to make personalised party items.

See you soon,

Lexi x