DIY - Add Leather Elbow Patches

I bought some elbow patches at Hancock Fabrics a long time ago.  At least a year ago.  They're still available to buy.  I had intentions of adding them to a sweater or blazer, but never remembered to buy one for that purpose when shopping.  When I saw this sweater on clearance at Target a few weeks ago I knew it was the one that needed these patches.  Channeling my inner professor Ted Mosby.

On Mondays and Tuesdays mymom comes over to help with my business & blog stuff.  We started this project trying out different stitches.  Once we decided on a basic running stitch I put the sweater on & she pinned one patch on using the pre-punched holes. 

To make sure they were even, not eyeballed, she laid the sleeves on a table.  She was careful to line up the seams and hems perfectly.  Then she pinned the second patch on knowing they'd be perfectly even.

As I mentioned we decided on a simple running stitch anyone can do.  We liked the look of the backstitch, but the thread was too bulky to go through the holes twice.  It also made the sweater pucker from more tension.

I'm glad we chose hot pink embroidery thread.  It's such a sweet, unexpected pop of color.  Plus, it perfectly matched my belt in the outfit post.  ;) Mallory

Project done by Darlene (momma) & photographed by Mallory.