DIY Elbow Patch

While perusing Pinterest one evening, I came across an intriguing tutorial on the wonderful art of needle felting. I had to learn more – especially after realizing it entailed repeatedly stabbing a needle up and down into a piece of fabric or sweater. A satisfying stress reliever that results in something wearable? Sign me up. And now that I can officially call myself a needle felting maven (and nerd), trust me when I say that you’re going to have a blast with this technique. So grab your supplies and let’s get started on a pair of heart shaped elbow patches!

You’ll need:

With the sweater on, place a piece of tape about half an inch below the elbow. Do the same with the opposite elbow. Remove the sweater and insert the foam block into one of the sleeves.

Align and center the bottom of the cookie cutter along the top of the tape. Pinch off a few tufts of wool roving.

Fill the cutter, spreading out the wool fibers evenly.

At the base of all felting needles are tiny, sharp burrs, which grab and interlock the wool fibers. While holding the needle vertically, repeatedly stab it into the wool roving and through the sweater. I found it easier to work around the outer perimeter of the cutter first and then work my way inwards. Important tip: To prevent breaking the needle, always keep the needle upright and never at an angle. And don’t forget to pay careful attention to your fingers while felting as the needle is extremely sharp. Honestly.

Continue stabbing away until the surface is flat and even. Fun, right?!

Remove the cutter and use the tip of the needle to reign in any stray fibers, if necessary. Don’t worry about the holes as they will be mended later.

Patch up any bare or uneven spots by adding more wool roving where needed.

Carefully peel the sweater away from the foam. Notice that the fibers have transferred through to the backside of the sweater.

To smooth and set the patch, spritz with water and press with an iron on the wool setting.

Repeat the same steps the other sleeve.

Ta da! Your heart shaped elbow patches are finished!

(all images by HonestlyWTF)

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575 Comments

  1. Anne wrote:

    I love this, I saw this as well, and wanted to learn more.. this is fantastic!!

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  2. Karla V. wrote:

    Wow!!
    I like this!
    xoxo
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  3. Wow this is definately a diy, this trend with elbows is really nice, but all elbows in all stores have the same oval shape! Well that’s is different and so cute! Love it!

    (New blog needing some love and support: http://inwhirlofinspiration.blogspot.com)

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  4. geisslein wrote:

    Such a great idea! I like 🙂

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  5. Ellie wrote:

    How cute and simple!

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  6. january wrote:

    this looks like it can relieve my inner rage!! haha, amazing

    january, x
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  8. Bruni wrote:

    i really love your ideas and your blog…!

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  9. Han wrote:

    I can’t wait to try this out

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  10. Jjanga wrote:

    I am soooo doing this now! I can’t wait!

    xoxo, Jjanga
    http://www.sayhelloandsmile.blogspot.com

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  11. 1129design wrote:

    thank you! lovely as it has to be 🙂

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  12. So doing it this week-end!

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  13. Ashley wrote:

    Could u also just use felt sheets?

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  14. k wrote:

    WOOOW; this is soo cool!! i have never even heard about this!!
    Had a elbow patch day at my blog too a few weeks back, but this is taking it to a new level!
    I love it!!! thanks for sharing!!

    love K

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  15. Wow, this is precious! And it looks fun to make with all the stabbing– a therapeutic activity with an adorable end-result!

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  16. Plami wrote:

    Such a lovely idea! Thank you so much for sharing!

    I am giving away a scrapbooking software, so check out my blog if you like 🙂

    XoXo
    Plami

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  17. This is by far the most awesome DIY. Thanks for the great idea. xoxo
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  18. This is too cute. Absolutely love it.

    Collections

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  19. Omfg!!!!!!
    Yay.., I LOVE elbow pads! Such a little detail that makes a big statement. I’ve been wanting to DIY my own elbows pads for ages.. But you’ve reminded me to finally do it..
    Keep an eye on my blog..

    http://annesanchorage.blogspot.com/

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  20. Kaila wrote:

    LOVE this twist on the usual oval-shaped elbow patch!!

    I’m BEYOND obsessed with elbow patches!! SO CUTE!!

    xo
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  21. Vanita wrote:

    Very cute and very easy!

    A jewelry blog.
    http://www.houseofavandan.blogspot.com

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  22. Silw wrote:

    Dear, I have one question about this DIY. Do the sweater needs to be 100% wool or just 20% or less or more percentages?

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  23. Ambyr wrote:

    Hmm this is so interesting. I couldn’t have thought to do the transfer of the wool. These patches are super cute.

    xoxo
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  24. Julietta wrote:

    Sooooo doing this tomorrow! 🙂

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  25. CoCo wrote:

    omg sooooo cute

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  26. Mallory wrote:

    Who knew!? That’s adorable! Thanks for this tutorial, it’s very inspiring!

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  27. Roseanne wrote:

    wow.thats so cool.:)

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  28. Vienna wrote:

    We enjoy needle felting in our house and this is a fun idea for warmth and love:)

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  29. Maria wrote:

    How cute! And not to mention easy…I gotta get on this felting train.

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  30. FabiaJPS wrote:

    Hy!
    This technique is cool, but do you know if it remains in place after washing the sweater?

    Thanks for sharing!
    Fabia JPS

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  31. SuzyMcQ wrote:

    To make this a bit easier, you can purchase wool felt, and it must be 100% wool felt, cut it into a heart shape, place on your sweater and jab away. The felt will incorporate itself into the fabric of the sweater in the same way the roving does.

    For wool felt Etsy is a great resource.

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  32. Too cute – absolutely LOVE!!

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  33. Slađi wrote:

    This is so amazing!!

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  34. Malia wrote:

    Great idea, now I gotta go and find the supplies, thanks for sharing.

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  35. I love it! I didn’t know that this can be done! Great idea..

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  36. San wrote:

    Omg Amazing!! i’d never known needle felting was this easy!!!

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  37. Amadi wrote:

    Fantastic.

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  38. Trishawna wrote:

    Seriously adorable.

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  39. Mallory wrote:

    Love this! Cute VDay idea 🙂

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  40. Deana wrote:

    Love it!

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  41. Have been needle felting years ago with and for the kids but THESE adorable hearts are CRAZY CUTE!

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  42. B.Weber wrote:

    This is really cute! Great idea!!

    HauteStandards

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  43. Domonique wrote:

    I’ve saw this technique before and it looks fantastic. I am totally sold on the heart elbows, thanks for sharing!

    http://lilylovelock.blogspot.com/

    x

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  44. Sacha wrote:

    I’ve never seen this! How cool!!!

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  45. Lindsey wrote:

    sooo cute! what do u recommend for care when washing this type of material???

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  46. Rory wrote:

    thats so cute! i’m def trying that <3
    Rory
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  47. Courtney wrote:

    Really cute idea! I’ll have to try it! 🙂

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  48. Love this idea. Great blog. Check out my site for “chique” tips. xo

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  49. courtney wrote:

    oh my gosh. that’s so sweet! i have been meaning to do heart shaped elbow patched on my jacket forever but i was just gonna use a denim fabric or something. but this is WAY cooler!!!

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  50. Rebecca wrote:

    Love this, love this, gotta try it!

    Rebecca (hearts)…

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  51. Chanelle wrote:

    Oh so sweet ! No problem to wash it ? And must the sweater be in whool absolutely ?

    sorry for the english, french fan 😉

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  52. I’ve known about kneedle felting for a while (my mother was a project craze when I was growing up and taught me all sorts of fun and ussless skills. But this is really clever!

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  53. Uh that’s like magic right there…. I’m gonna try this and if it works I’m gonna call myself a magician

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  54. flor wrote:

    OMG that is soooo cute! I will try it…. xoxo
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  55. eliana wrote:

    This is awesome!!!!!

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  56. Susann wrote:

    Wow, that looks amazing and like something even I could try 🙂

    xx, Susann
    http://fashioninpepperland.blogspot.com

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  57. Kate wrote:

    Gorgeous! Such a brilliant idea!
    http://www.styleisalwaysfashionable.blogspot.com

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  58. i’ve been wanting to do the oval ones out of leather for a while! love this alternative.

    http://www.absurdlypeculiar.blogspot.com

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  59. Blogger wrote:

    This is a great idea! I will try this out too :)… Thank you 🙂

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  60. Brianna wrote:

    I just pinned this on Pinterest. I love this idea, and I’m definitely stealing it!

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  61. Love it !
    I just posted a diy heart sweater necklace today
    http://pineconeplace.blogspot.com/2012/01/diy-heart-sweater-necklace-guest-post.html
    xo
    Ashlyn

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  62. that is so cute and seems so easy!
    love it

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  63. mackenzie wrote:

    Felting is SO much fun! And roving is so beautiful! Love this post and am totally adding this to my DIY-do list.
    xoxo,
    Mackenzie

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  64. Emma wrote:

    Really good idea!! I would like to do it myself aswell, but do you know if you’re able to do your sweater in the washing machine, or will the felt come off again? Would love to hear from you xxx

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  65. oh my god this is SO creative, as always.. but wow. love

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  66. sarah wrote:

    genius! I freaking LOVE this – and I think I have most of the materials already. how cute will this be for Valentine’s? =)

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  67. sarah wrote:

    PS – Emma, if you are using a 100% wool sweater, you probably don’t want to wash it in the first place – it’ll shrink like the dickens, even if you don’t put it in the dryer (and you need to felt onto 100% wool as the felting needle is designed to help tangle the wool fibers around other wool fibers; I’m not sure you’ll be as successful if you are not using 100% wool). And I don’t think the needle felting would come off, but it DEFINITELY would shrink and warp if you put it in the wash. Hand washing SHOULD be okay, but you’ve got to use really cool water, and woolite (or ecover) and not let it soak longer than 3 minutes before rinsing and drying, and you’ll still probably notice that the wool will gradually shrink/contract over time, with repeated hand-launderings, which may cause the elbow of the sweater to pucker and/or the heart shapes to warp into something less adorable. (Still, it’s what I plan to do, honestly; I hand wash most of my wool sweaters cos I simply can’t afford to pay for dry cleaning)

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  68. Jo wrote:

    elbow patches are so great! i love love love this idea! where can i find wool roving?

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  70. elisa wrote:

    Wonderfull!!! i’ll try!!
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  71. Whitney wrote:

    this is such a cute idea! I am a little bit obsessed. but I have a quick question, do both the sweater and the roving need to be wool or can the sweater be some other material? I am slightly allergic to wool so an entire sweater of it would send me over the edge but if it were just the elbows I could totally handle it. let me know! I would love to try this if I could 🙂

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    • Erica wrote:

      @Whitney, I’m sure felting on woven cotton would work – I don’t see why you shouldn’t try! Good luck!

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    Hi darling, I know your blog from today, and I’m voting for you…Ilove your blog!I hope you’ll be winner!

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  73. Very good idea !! Well done
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  74. Ally wrote:

    OMG this is too cute! I love the idea and especially the hearts.

    xoxo, Ally
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  75. Sweetness!!!!! so cute!

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  76. Audrea wrote:

    WHOA! I never even knew such a thing existed. So cool and so easy! Must try. thank youuuu!
    I’ve been looking for something to spruce up my wardrobe. Look at some of my outfits and give suggestions, would you?? I would so appreciate it!

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  77. awesome trick for awesome fashion.

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  78. Root wrote:

    This is such a sweet idea! I love elbow patches and this looks easy enough for even me to do! Thanks!!

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  79. Vitavie wrote:

    This is such a great idea!!
    We’d loved it!

    xox

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  80. Vanessa wrote:

    Wow! Amazing tutorial! I’ve never seen this before and it’s great! Thanks for sharing!

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  81. Veronique wrote:

    Beautiful idea, i actually have a cahsmere sweater i have to fix so it could be perfect!
    Your blog is in my FASHIONABLE CROSSWORD, come have a look and see if you can find it!

    Xx
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  82. Jessica wrote:

    Love this!!!! I’m going to do this myself!!! Super cute!!!!

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  84. laure wrote:

    LOve the idea:) I made one inspired from Zadigue and Voltaire! Come have a look …
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  85. Paula wrote:

    Oh I am SO excited to do this! I’m going to be extra cheesy and wear it on Vaneltines day 😉 x

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  86. emily wrote:

    Great idea!!!! Thank you!
    Lovely blog!

    xx
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  87. Anette wrote:

    Absolutely amazing and cute! Thank you for this instruction!!

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  88. Totally cute, totally wearable.

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  89. DC2NY wrote:

    OMG, I had no idea about such incredible craft as needle felting! Girls, thank you so much for ShARinG this diy, <3<3<3
    I'm going to do it for sure!!!
    Btw, I voted for you on Bloglovin' and hope you win!!!

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  90. Woah. Ok I want to try. The possibilities are endless with the amount of cookie cutters I have thanks to a random baking kick I went through a few years ago.

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  91. cute! i want to try it with these dinosaur cookie cutters i have.

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  92. ashley wrote:

    so doing this today! another amazing DIY

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  93. really great idea! thanks for the inspiration!
    xoxo, peppermintia

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  94. Thanks for sharing, I will be having a go at this!

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  95. Moon Child wrote:

    Just perfect little patches, i’m definitely trying this out!

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  96. Jillian wrote:

    Where did you learn about this!? That is incredible! No sewing at all.
    Is it removable? Like if I wanted to change out patterns?

    -Jillian
    http://www.GlitzGM.com

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  97. ran wrote:

    would the patch come off if you wash it?

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    • Erica wrote:

      @Ran @Jillian no, the patch will not come off and is not removable. And wool should always be dry cleaned or carefully hand washed. @Beindolwen yes, you can make patches in any shape. I like using cookie cutters which obviously come in all shapes and sizes, including stars!

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  98. Jennifer wrote:

    Wow i love this DIY!

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  99. Amanda wrote:

    This is such a great way to add a personal touch to my old cardigan! I have never heard of needle felting until now, and it looks so much better than a cut-out and sewn-on patch of craft felt would. Thanks for sharing this project!

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  100. S wrote:

    Would it work on a thermal shirt? Would the texture affect the felting?

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  101. hikaru wrote:

    inspirational as always!!!! thanks for the great tutorial!!!

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  102. Beindolwen wrote:

    I LOVE THIS! do you think it could be done in a star?

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  103. S wrote:

    sorry to ask again, but would it work on any type of fabric?

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    • Erica wrote:

      @S I haven’t tried needle felting on anything else other than wool but I’m sure it should work on loosely knitted cotton. It’s worth a try! Good luck!!

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  104. michelle wrote:

    this is very cute and easy! thanks for the post 😉

    check out mine + follow if you like.

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  106. Greta wrote:

    What a cute DIY idea… very suitable for upcoming Valentine’s day. Thanks for sharing it.

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  107. Emily wrote:

    lovee your blog (;

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  108. Lo wrote:

    This is so adorable, I really would love to try this! 🙂 -Lo

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  109. Marj wrote:

    Omg! Haleluiah!!!!!! This is so awesome!! I love doing projects like this. Thank you so much for sharing!!!!!!

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  110. Marj wrote:

    Oh, and by the way can you do this on any fabric though?

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  111. brandi wrote:

    So, I’ve gotta know…how long did this actually take?

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    • Erica wrote:

      @Brandi, not long at all! From beginning to end about 20-30 minutes!

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  112. JKozak wrote:

    Thank you for sharing this. I love a good elbow patch.

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  113. Eva wrote:

    absolutely lovely

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  114. Charlotte wrote:

    This looks fab – love the choice or orange on grey too. Going to give it a go x

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  115. You must be joking. This is my favorite DIY to date, amazing!!!

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  116. Liz wrote:

    Not sure if you mentioned it somewhere, and I missed it…but did you use wool roving from the website that you linked to? If so, what color? I want to recreate this exactly since it is to die for 🙂

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  117. Lynn wrote:

    Erica this is totally what I had been searching for — as soon as sweater season hit I knew I needed to do something about elbow patches. This felting thing is bomb-ass.

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  118. Gorgeous!!!!!!!!!! Loved this DIY. 🙂 <3

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  119. michelle wrote:

    i love elbow patches!!

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  120. Astrid wrote:

    Very nice and creative!

    xx Astrid

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  121. Lili wrote:

    I love the idea, but what about washing the sweater? the woll roving will cretainly leave colorful stains all around the patches…

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  122. Greg wrote:

    Holy shit – a lot of people read your blog.

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  123. Mette wrote:

    Omg so wonderful, so unique and awesome!
    check out my blog: www-le.courage.dk, and leave a comment:)

    Love from denmark <3

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  124. Miss K wrote:

    Thanks for this DIY! I spent the week gathering supplies and did it this afternoon. I LOVE the results. The first time I put too much wool roving in the cookie cutter, but it was easy to peel off and try again once I had it down.

    I found your blog through pinterest and am a convert!

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  125. Seriously the cutest idea ever!

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  126. Sara wrote:

    Best DIY ever! so easy and so pretty! I loved it! greetings from Portugal 🙂

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  127. Paulina wrote:

    ohh good idea! this is great!

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  128. Evelina wrote:

    Wow – this is amazing! I’ll definitely want to try it out one day! 🙂

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  129. This is fantastic. Now if only I was that crafty.

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  130. Mhea wrote:

    Unbelievable. But if I had to do something like this, I’d be a little worried 😀

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  131. Nomadic D wrote:

    That looks ridiculously fun. Word of warning to the sweaters in my closet – there’s a needle coming your way!

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  132. easy wrote:

    genius!

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  133. Jo wrote:

    It looks so sweet!

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  134. Tayler wrote:

    Seriously one of the most adorable DIY’s I have ever seen!

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  135. What a great idea this is… Did a few myself recently however I did the stick technique but your idea is great too!!
    Please check out my blog too 🙂
    http://www.stylishlymebytaryn.blogspot.com

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  136. JennyOH wrote:

    So cool! I’ve seen needle felting mentioned elsewhere but never really knew what went into it. Great idea for a beginner project. I think I have hand and star-shaped cookie cutters which would be equally neato for a patch.

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  137. Sewitsa wrote:

    Hi Gina,
    Wow that’s Great! You know I never knew you could do this by hand…..i’ve only ever seen the felting machines! (like sewing machines) x

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  138. Tamara wrote:

    Love. Will this also work on cotton or acrylic sweaters, or must they be wool?

    Thanks!

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  139. Hafizah wrote:

    LOVE it! looks so easy and really cute. Thanks for this, going to try it one day. Hope you don’t mind me linking it on my blog 🙂

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  140. Annie wrote:

    i die! this is sooo cute! and one of the best DIY projects i’ve seen recently! LOVE your creativity!

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  141. Sara Moura wrote:

    WHOA! So cute!! It’s easy and it lokks great! I think I will try this on an old sweater 🙂 Thank you so much!

    Btw visit my blog, I have posted a few fun DIYs too 🙂

    Made by: sara

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  142. Ida wrote:

    So brilliant idea! Simple love it! <3

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  143. Nice post. I need to put this on my blog! I am going to buy these materials and try to make it. Whoever came up with those red hearts is a pure genius.

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  144. cathy wrote:

    Nice!!!
    Très jolie idée

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  145. Amy wrote:

    About how much wool roving did you use? I just want to be sure I get enough. Thank you so much! Can’t wait to try this!

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  146. cindy wrote:

    You are the queen! I’d seen this popping around Pinterest and finally took a moment to track down the original post. Huzzah huzzah! And now… I go snoop around your blog. 😀

    2.13.12
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  147. sssourabh wrote:

    My trial didn’t even turn out half as cool or professionally put together yours, but what a great concept! Plus with a deserving mention on my heart-y collection for the season.
    http://sssourabh.wordpress.com/2012/02/13/a-heart-attack/

    2.14.12
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  148. wonderful idea, I have all the materials necessary to try something similar. I am interested in the question of washing? wash your hands in cold water, perhaps? or not to wash? you certainly have the experience, please share
    …. and greetings from Moscow 🙂

    http://tantratapok.blogspot.com/

    2.16.12
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  149. Jenna wrote:

    I love this idea! Will try to make something similr 🙂

    2.19.12
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  150. Audrey wrote:

    Very beautiful and original !! I LOVE it !!!!

    2.19.12
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  151. Maisy wrote:

    How well does it stand up against washing?

    2.20.12
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  152. tameka wrote:

    This looks fun! Can this only be done on wool? Do you know if this works on socks (like darning socks)?

    2.29.12
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  153. Amy wrote:

    Just an update, I purchased wool roving @ Hobby Lobby, a great big bag of various colors! I did my first trial on a very nice 100% wool sweater (mens actually for a good price on evilbay), turned out well! I was actually surprised at how easy it really was. I had LOTS of roving left over. THEN, while I was at Walmart…yeah, I know…..they had little girls sweaters on clearance for $7. They were acrylic and cotton (I believe more acrylic than cotton…the cheap ones! LOL) So I purchased one to try it out, and if it worked, my niece would get a cute sweater out of the deal! I followed all these instructions, BUT I made sure to really get a good amount of the roving through to the other side. THEN, I even washed it! *gasp!* I washed on gentle, in cold water, and then I did the unthinkable….I tumble dryed on ‘cool’ for about 10 minutes. It turned out PERFECT! The wool felted just enough to really keep it in place, but not enough to shrink horribly and distort the shape or wrinkle the sweater sleeves. I wouldn’t do the same if I was planning on a large design, as it would be too noticable, but for a little girls sweater, it turned out fine!

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  154. Rachel wrote:

    Thank you for this, I have shared this on my blog because it is inspirational. We are just starting to experience the first signs of Autumn here in Melbourne and the other day I pulled out a boring black merino wool top and give it a new look..which I am sure my friends will ask about. Please check out my blog if you have the time.

    Cheeers from Melbourne, Australia

    3.7.12
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  155. Megan wrote:

    This is awesome, definitely gonna go get supplies and do this to my cardigan tonight. What are the care instructions afterwards though?

    3.10.12
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  156. Grace wrote:

    Aww, so adorable!

    3.10.12
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  157. charlotte wrote:

    <3

    3.11.12
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  158. Helen wrote:

    Thank you for sharing this tutorial. I love it!
    I had a go at it on a cardigan for my daughter which she loves!!!
    here’s the result, if you want to see it:
    http://playdohandperfume.blogspot.com/2012/03/shes-crafty-felted-elbow-patches.html

    3.13.12
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  159. Asha wrote:

    This is awesome! I was wondering though if you could do it on a regular tee shirt though I was thinking of doing diff designs on some shirts I got since it’s a bit warmer now. Thanks in advance!

    3.14.12
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  160. Sophia C wrote:

    This is an easier take on elbow patches! I used to sew them on with printed swatches I collected from work. I will definitely have to try this!

    3.22.12
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  161. Molly wrote:

    Such a great post interesting and fun. I totally agree anything to take out a little aggression that in the end creates something cute. Sign me up!!

    3.22.12
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  162. Toni wrote:

    Finally, a clothing revamp that doesn’t require sewing skills……count this talentless soul in!
    toni xo

    3.24.12
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  163. Catherine Yarmosh wrote:

    So cute….hope it’s easy to do! Going to try it on my daughter’s shirt:)

    3.24.12
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  164. Mary wrote:

    It is amazing, so nice and simple to do!
    I was wondering, how much fibre do you need?

    4.1.12
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  165. Lara wrote:

    Love this DIY! It’s a little bit unclear to me though.. Do you have to put the sweater inside out?
    ‘Cause I don’t really get it after the step ‘take out the foam’ it looks to me as if you put the sweater inside out..?
    Xo

    4.5.12
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  166. Marie wrote:

    It is so cute! I’m going to try this as soon as I can!
    One question: has the felting needle a special function or is it also possible to just use a regular needle like one you use for stitching?
    <3

    4.9.12
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  167. a_fu wrote:

    what’s the best way to launder this?

    4.19.12
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  168. natalie wrote:

    really inspiring!! cannot wait to try this!!!

    4.22.12
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  169. RainbowJuice wrote:

    Loveee itt it’s greatt :X

    5.8.12
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  170. luck wrote:

    How do you launder the sweater or sweatshirt after adding felting

    5.8.12
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  171. Marina wrote:

    Awesome! Love this! Look so chic!

    xx
    biskvittka.blogspot.com

    5.13.12
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  172. Callie wrote:

    I’m about to go on uni holidays for 6 weeks but I won’t have a minute to spare with all these awesome projects! I will be little miss felting heart elbow patch just you wait. You’re my new favourite imaginary friend 🙂

    5.20.12
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  173. Abi Hunter wrote:

    I love these! ive never needle felted before but im going to give it a try. You post didnt inspire me to but little leather heart elbow patches on a jumper of mine pics here http://abimakes.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/heart-elbow-patches.html
    thanks for the inspiration!

    5.22.12
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  174. Abi Hunter wrote:

    I love these! ive never needle felted before but im going to give it a try. You post did inspire me to put little leather heart elbow patches on a jumper of mine pics here http://abimakes.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/heart-elbow-patches.html
    thanks for the inspiration!

    5.22.12
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  175. Olivia wrote:

    OMG this is awesome!!!
    u make me happy

    6.5.12
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  176. Trina wrote:

    I LOVE this. So sweet. So fun. So cool. So easy!!

    6.10.12
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  177. Rachel wrote:

    I love this, I’m going to use the same technique for cushions!

    6.16.12
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  178. Kristie wrote:

    Does anyone know if this ONLY works on wool sweaters? 🙁

    6.24.12
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  179. JL wrote:

    Amazing!!! So want to try this!! x

    7.4.12
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  180. Annie123 wrote:

    Adorable 🙂 does anybody know if you can use polyester??

    7.8.12
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  181. Annie123 wrote:

    Adorable 🙂 does anybody know if you can use polyester fabric?

    7.8.12
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  182. Crystal wrote:

    sorry if you already answered this, but does it have to be a wool sweater? and can it be other fabrics? i would love to do this to a hoodie that is mainly cotton with some polyester.

    7.27.12
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  183. Rozi wrote:

    Absolutely love this! Such a great way to change up your old sweaters. I featured this bit in my latest blog post http://thoughtsbyrozi.com/post/28853702700/so-in-love

    Rozi

    8.6.12
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  184. jarna wrote:

    Cute!

    8.8.12
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  185. Kait wrote:

    Just wondering about how long you have to be doing this before you see it start to flatten and look like that photo? I tried this and was at it for nearly 3 hours and was getting no where. My craft store only sold one type of felting needle, so I’m wondering if that’s the case? 🙁 🙁 :(.

    8.11.12
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  186. laura wrote:

    Hey, this is so cool, i just did it by myself! I hope it’s no problem that I translated it to German and posted it on my blog 🙂

    8.15.12
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    8.23.12
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  189. Chernalyn wrote:

    I saw this on pinterest and I had to repin it!! I plan on doing this project soon, and I was wondering if the sweater has to be wool?

    8.29.12
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    • Erica wrote:

      @Chernalyn yes, wool works best for this project. good luck!

      8.29.12
  190. Maribeth wrote:

    so cute

    9.3.12
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  191. Kayla wrote:

    does the sweater need to be turned inside out. this is confusing one photo all the felt is inside the next its all been pulled back out……i guess im dumb but this makes no sense 🙁 and i wanna try this but those last steps are drawing a zigzag instead of a straight line for me

    9.11.12
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  192. Rachel wrote:

    Hello,

    I am an Editor at Ladies Home Journal and would like to include your heart patch picture in a future issue of the magazine. Since this was a DIY project, I am assuming that this was an original photo taken by you? Would love to talk more, and fill you in on details of the story I’m working on. I hope to hear from you – rachel.shippy@meredith.com

    9.19.12
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  193. This is so cute! One to try, definitely!

    10.4.12
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  194. Monique D. wrote:

    Such a great and creative idea! And a great gift idea – cant wait to get started on this with one of my plain old sweaters! Thank you!!! Cheers!

    10.9.12
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  195. Tania Egan wrote:

    Hi Erica! I found this super cute tutorial via Pinterest, and I do hope that you don’t mind me sharing it over on my blog! I have done a blog post on cardigan make-overs, and have included this as one of my favourites, with a link back here. Tania ♥

    10.21.12
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  196. Hi there! this is a bright idea. It’s super cute and lovely!!

    11.2.12
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  197. So cute! I want to try it. Great way to wear your heart on your sleeve.

    11.10.12
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  198. VERY GOOD IDEAR, I WOULD TRAY IT

    11.15.12
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  199. holly wrote:

    can you use any sweater or does it have to be made out of wool???? i would love to do this for my friend but i can’t find any wool sweaters she would like. I would love to try it on a hoodie….. this is such an adorable idea. thank you so much for sharing how you did this!

    11.20.12
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    • Erica wrote:

      @holly, I’ve only known this to work on wool. you can, however, do a test patch on cotton . . . maybe try it on an old cotton tee first.

      11.20.12
  200. Sandy wrote:

    How much roving do you need? Can’t wait to try this!

    11.28.12
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  201. Ammon wrote:

    How strong is the join? Would they survive going through the washer and drier?

    12.4.12
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  202. Melo wrote:

    I love this, congrats !

    Melo
    http://theyellowbalconey.com/

    12.5.12
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  203. Cristina wrote:

    Hi! Brilliant idea, but I don’t understand one thing: is that natural wool or some synthetic fiber? And how resistant are these patches?

    12.18.12
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  204. Kikita wrote:

    indeed! brilliant !!!! it reminds me of cotton candy 🙂 !
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    12.18.12
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  205. petter wrote:

    nice tips …………
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    12.23.12
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  206. Keiwan wrote:

    Can I use felt instead of wool? I don’t know where to find wool.
    Really appreciate if you answer me by email too, I barely have time to check the internet.
    keiwan.0207@gmail.com

    12.23.12
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  207. Megan wrote:

    I bought an 82% merino wool sweater and no luck. I am not sure what my problem is. Is it the sweater? Could it be the needle? (The felting kit I bought does not say what gauge it is.) Can anyone help? Thanks!

    12.28.12
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  208. oonie wrote:

    Hi, I wanted to try this. I have a thicker knit sweater will it still work?

    1.1.13
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  209. CoastieGirl02 wrote:

    Gonna use this technique to make some creative tacky Christmas sweaters next year. I don’t knit so this will be a super easy and fun alternative that I can use to create fun sweaters for my kids and family members. Yay, so excited to be able to use my cookie cutters for something other than salt dough ornaments. The possibilities are endless.

    1.1.13
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  210. My take on sweater patches…with sequins. Love the hearts idea though…I need to try it!

    1.7.13
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  211. Vijeyta wrote:

    Cute idea! Any special washing instructions?

    1.8.13
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  212. Sarah wrote:

    I’m crazy for this! I dabbled in needle felting a while back, so I have all the supplies on hand. Thanks for sharing!

    1.18.13
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  213. Darcy wrote:

    What a DELIGHTFUL idea! Thank you for this tutorial!

    Darcy from TheWildRoses.etsy.com

    1.23.13
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  214. sanne wrote:

    thanks, great tutorial. what a great feeling to stab something, was having so much fun my needle broke so im left with 1 1/2 elbow patch. Better order a new needle now!

    1.27.13
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  215. Dawn wrote:

    These are so cute! My kids will love these and I do not even have to sew 🙂 Sewing is not at all my specialty (ok I am not at all good at it lol.) Thank you for showing us step by step, I will have some fun doing this project!

    2.5.13
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  216. Becca wrote:

    Saw this in Australia’s Yen Magazine! Nice to find the tutorial online!

    2.8.13
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  217. I would love to try something like this…so much fun looking. To bad I’m allergic to wool 🙁

    2.11.13
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  218. Pity this is so cute, and I’m severely allergic to wool!

    I would like to know if there is a different blend that could be used?

    2.11.13
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  219. Jacinda wrote:

    I’m planning to try this out, but I’d like to know if it is a must to be using wool? Can I use a different material? Thanks in advance! 🙂

    2.11.13
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  220. Lindsey wrote:

    Wool roving?? What is that? Did you make it yourself??

    2.14.13
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  221. Destiny wrote:

    Does anyone know if a cashmere sweater could be used instead of a wool sweater
    ?

    2.22.13
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  222. Jess wrote:

    SUCH a good tutorial!! I just had a go and your instructions were AMAZING!! Thanks so much! 🙂

    3.3.13
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  223. This is such a cute project! I just bought some wool roving for a different project. I think I have to try this!

    Great Post!

    Best Wishes,

    Crystal

    3.20.13
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  224. Melissa wrote:

    I love this! I just started needle felting a few months ago, and really enjoy it; I am always looking at things wondering how it would look in felt. When people ask me just what it is, I tell them the closest thing I can think of is that it is like tattooing fabric with wool. 🙂 It would be great to see more of your projects!

    Thanks, Melissa

    3.25.13
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  225. Candice wrote:

    I thought you should know that this lovely tutorial has been reproduced, in its entirety, here:

    http://www.fashiondivadesign.com/17-interesting-and-popular-diy-ideas/

    Every time I approach this person about crediting sources, he/she says “it’s a lot of work.”!! Ummmm.. yeah. I’m so tired of seeing great ideas published all over without ever crediting the creators.

    4.27.13
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  226. Alexandra wrote:

    I used your idea to patch one of my favourites sweaters from this Winter that suddenly had an “almost burned” circle
    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10200558346754522&set=pcb.10200558355394738&type=1&theater
    great idea! tks

    5.1.13
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  227. this is absolutely adorable!

    5.7.13
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  228. Desdemona Romani wrote:

    Do you have to use a special needle, or will a thicker sewing one work? And where can you but the roving wool?

    7.7.13
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  229. Noheli wrote:

    me gusto mucho,gracias por compartirlo…

    8.28.13
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  230. This idea is so cute… 🙂

    Thank you so much for the tutorial.

    ciao
    Chiara

    9.17.13
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  231. Hi,
    This is so adorable!!

    Living in Florida, it’s rare that a wool sweater is necessary.

    Do you know if you can use a cotton sweater and felt wool into it that? I have an idea for an HP theme that I would like to try my hand at.

    🙂
    Thanks

    9.20.13
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  232. I posted your tutorial on my blog! Check it out ♥

    9.20.13
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  233. Katz wrote:

    Very simple and cute idea.
    Decided to try this weekend.
    Thanks a lot for sharing.
    You will find some diy tips at http://www.trendingfashions.com/

    12.2.13
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  234. grace wrote:

    Love this idea!

    12.18.13
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  235. Carla wrote:

    what a fun project. I never knew how to use this material but now I can´t wait to try this.

    Carla
    http://www.thesweetestoneoverthemoon.com

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  236. Jet wrote:

    I found your wonderful DIY on Polyvore. It was linked from someone who liked my set on an outfit to wear for a walk on Valentine’s.How round about is that? I am so glad that I came over. Your instructions are very clear and your idea is just tremendous. I don’t know if I will try this ( I am in hot Arizona, and don’t have any wool sweaters) , but I will be checking in often because you are very talented and generous with your hobby. Thank-you.

    2.9.14
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  237. Krystal wrote:

    I need one of these for Winter

    3.7.14
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  239. Mary wrote:

    What a brilliant idea,
    Cant get better than stabbing away and getting a great result!

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    3.31.14
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  240. This is so great! Now every shirt of mine is going to have an elbow patch! If you’re looking for other ways to get the most out of your current wardrobe, check out my post here >> http://bit.ly/1hYoRxS

    <3 Megan

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  241. This is seriously adorable<3

    6.18.14
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  242. Dior wrote:

    Oh gosh, absolutely adorable, this is def. a steal.

    7.3.14
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  243. Absolutely amazing and cute! Thank you for this instruction
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  244. Lisa wrote:

    Love this idea, Cute!!

    8.28.14
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  245. Katti wrote:

    Oh my gosh! I saw this at Pinterest too. It’s such an beautiful idea. Love the article. Thanks for being great!

    9.6.14
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  246. Shelby J wrote:

    I love this idea! This is such a fun and simple way to create elbow patches without and cutting or sewing. I love the look of the elbow patch but I’m not very good with sewing or anything so this DIY is perfect for me! It’s so creative that they are in the shape of a heart. I will definitely be trying this out.

    9.16.14
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  247. Funvblog wrote:

    This is not only awesome creative but funny too.

    9.27.14
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  248. I’m late to this party, but I totally want to join in! I basically want to add heart shaped patches to everything I own now. Love it, thank you!!

    Becky

    2.19.15
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  250. Hermes wrote:

    This is so amazing!awesome!

    4.18.15
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  251. Really like the final texture of that patch; it looks completely different from the first shots. How would it feel on a t-shirt for example?

    5.6.15
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  252. cnellepoms wrote:

    will it get ruined if i wash it with the machine?

    6.6.15
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  253. Amazing,we can learn a lot from here!

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  254. Estrella wrote:

    Really cute!

    8.24.15
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  255. Svetlana wrote:

    Wow !!!!! Thanks for the idea!!!!!

    12.31.15
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  256. Leo wrote:

    Amazing idea and tutorial. Really very unique and would love to try it soon.
    Thank you for sharing a fabulous idea.

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  257. Lacey wrote:

    I have a non wool sweater that has tiny holes in the elbows. Would this technique work or does the sweater have to be wool and perfect elbows.

    1.20.16
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    Amazing.I love this, I’m going to use the same technique for cushions!

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  268. Thanks for this How To, I’ve just repaired my wool cardigan which had holes in the elbows (I must have very abrasive elbows!). I wasn’t sure how much roving I’d need so I ordered 50g, this was PLENTY, I didn’t even use a quarter of that to do both elbows.

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