for today's bird.i.y, i was obviously very inspired by the elbow patch sweatshirt i featured in our love*birds post on wednesday. it was just so cute and i knew i could make one of my own! now, you know that we birds are not known for our difficult diys, but i am warning you: this is literally the easiest diy ever. it's so easy, i almost feel bad. but the result is super cute, and that's all that matters, right? right.
here's what you'll need:
sweatshirt or sweater
enough fabric for two elbow patches
fabric glue (you fancy people could hand sew the patches on, but i am not that fancy)
cardboard or heavy paper for cutting your stencil
very (very!) easy instructions:
1. find the garment you want to use. i had this hot pink, vintage sweatshirt that i knew would look cute adorned with some elbow patches!
2. cut your stencil (i made a heart stencil, but you could do anything!) out of some cardboard or heavy paper or junk mail (which is what i used).
3. using the marker, trace the stencil onto the fabric you are using for the patches. then, cut out your patches. so far, so good.
4. put on the sweatshirt and have someone draw two x's on the middle of each elbow. (don't ask my husband to do this as he seems to have trouble locating elbows. "what do you mean? where? your elbow? here? huh?" he did finally figure it out. phew!) this is where you will place your patches. (duh.)
5. take the sweatshirt off and put on another shirt. or just continue the diy shirtless, which is what i did until my husband reminded me that it was dark outside and light inside our house and any of the neighbors walking by could see me. oh well. shirtless diy-ing. that's how i roll. (unfortunately, there is no photo to accompany this step.)
6. put fabric glue all around the edges and the middle of the back of your patches.
7. carefully, place the patches over the x's on the sweatshirt sleeves and let dry overnight.
8. finally, wear your fancy new sweatshirt! (posing in your backyard and taking photos is optional.)
super easy, but i love how it turned out. and just in time for valentine's day! what do you think?
xoxo, nora bird