Even though most fashion is currently veering more minimalist, it seems like sweaters haven’t gotten the memo. In fact, the pullover was one of this past Fashion Week’s biggest trends — but we didn’t see a plain wooly in the bunch. Knit with various patterns and covered with adornments, your average sweater went through a major makeover for fall ’12. So, grab your sewing kit; Heres a DIY that’ll give your old, simple sweater a modern treatment.
Got a cardigan that has a hole at the elbow, or could just do with some sprucing up? These patches are easy to apply, and there’s no sewing involved.
Here’s what you’ll need…
Gold lamé spandex
A damp cotton pressing cloth, or a damp dish towel that does not have any texture to it (i.e. no terrycloth towels)
Iron-on fabric tape
And here are the steps…
1.Place a straight pin where your elbow is.
2.Cut out a rectangle of gold lame fabric, about two inches wide and three or four inches long.
3. Fold the rectangle in half length-wise, then fold the rectangle in half width-wise.
4. Holding the folded edges together, round off the corner on the lose ends, to create an oval shape.
5. Place the oval you just made on the remaining gold lame fabric and trace it with the sharpie, making sure that you don’t get sharpie on the oval itself, then cut out the shape.
6. Cut four lengths of iron-on fuse tape, each about three or four inches long.
7.Place the fuse tape on the arm of the sweater, around the pin that marked your elbow in the center, remove pin after.
8. Place one of the ovals over the tape. Adjust the tape so that is underneath the oval and touches all of the edges. It doesn’t matter if there is a little tape peeking out from the oval, as it will evaporate when it is ironed.
9. Place the damp cloth on top of the oval, making sure that nothing gets knocked out of place.
10. With the iron on steam, press it down on top of the oval and leave it there for about 10 seconds. Do not move the iron around — you just want to press down firmly on top of the patch and now remove the damp cloth.
11. On the next sleeve, using the previous patch as a guide, place a pin on the bare sleeve in the center of where the patch will go, to mark your elbow.
12. As in step 7, cut four more pieces of adhesive tape and place them on the sleeve, keeping the pin in the center. Then, remove the pin, and repeat steps 9-10 to iron on the remaining patch.
13.Voilà! Now your sweater has plenty of preppy-chic style, and you no longer have to worry about any pesky holes at your elbow.
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