Monday, February 2, 2015

How To Add Elbow Patches To Colette's Oslo Cardigan

Elbow patches are a great way to add a little on-trend sass to the Oslo pattern in Colette's new Seamwork magazine. Nothing says "hot professor" like some elbow reinforcement! 

You need to add the patches after you install the sleeves, before stitching up the sides, in order to position them properly but still be able to sew all the way around them.  My patches are embroidered ultrasuede from JoAnn's, but a lightweight corduroy, velour, or leather would also be fun.  Keep in mind the weight of your main fabric when selecting the fabric for your patch--leather would be far too heavy on a lightweight sweater knit, but would look super cute on a thick wool.

First trace and cut two ovals, about 5 1/2" by 3 1/2". This includes a 1/4" seam allowance.

Mark 1/4" all the way around, then clip out 1/4" deep notches all the way around.

Press your seam allowance to the wrong side.

Lay out your sweater.  The elbow patch needs to be positioned on the back third of the sleeve, about 7" down from the shoulder seam. (I did 8" and they're just a bit low).

Pin the dickens out of it to prevent slip-sliding when you sew

Using a straight stitch, top stitch 1/8" away from the edge of your patch, removing pins before you run over them.

Give it a light press and you're ready to go, Professor!

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