INGREDIENTS YOU'LL NEED:
STEP ONE: Gather the fabric you wish to use to make the patches. I actually cut the bottom off a golden vintage top that I have owned for a couple years now but never put to use. I first cut two large rectangles about the size of my hand.
STEP TWO: Trim the edges of the rectangles so you get two equal sized oval pieces.
STEP THREE: Pin ovals onto the back elbow areas of each sweater sleeve. Make sure you try the sweater on before sewing to check that the patches are pinned to the right area. Learn from my silly mistake -- it's not that cute to have an elbow patch on your bicep...
STEP FOUR: Gather thread and a needle. I chose black because it was the same base color of the fabric under the gold.
STEP FIVE & SIX: Sew ovals in a loop like style. Start from the inside and sew the edges like a spiral. This ensures that the patch will look clean against the sweater and won't have any bulges in the fabric when you bend your elbows.
And that's all! Overall, this project took me about 30 minutes and technically didn't cost me anything new (already owned the sweater and materials)! Now that's a fashion bargain. Enjoy!