raccoon week: elbow patches

raccoon week continues… and it’s time to get your raccoon template ready because Kelley of casa crafty is here with a fab tutorial for raccoon elbow patches!

blank is the new black button
…and I think I wear it well.

Rachael is going bonkers with the raccoon love! She is coming up with some great (and simple) last minute holiday gifts, decor and of course blog posts! Going off of her design, a weeks worth of us are making raccoon inspired fun. I am going to keep the theme going on my blog also, in conjunction with the other guest posters by offering a cross stitch pattern, a pincushion how to and alterations for a foxy feel. To get started you need to follow Rachael’s Raccoon ornament instructions, and you need a shirt you want to have elbow patches. You could easily do this for a child, I just happen to like unexpected details like this.

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I used a tiny spot of glue on the back of each felt piece to keep it together while Murphy was “helping” me. I secured all the layers with an outlining blanket stitch

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To put your patches on your sweater (or top of choice) put on your sweater and straighten your sleeves, then fold your arm so you can see your elbow and mark the center with a pin or pen.
great illustration:
I secured my patches with a blanket stitch along the edges.  the felt won’t fray, but you should be cautious when washing because the felt will get weird in the dryer. I would wash on delicate and then line dry. you could also make these patches and then secure them to your shirt with safety pins, but it won’t be as smooth a finish.
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my photography assistant
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Thanks for having me Rachael!

thanks, Kelley!! i’m off to patch up that sweater with hole-y elbows that i’ve been meaning to resurrect for, well… far too long ;)*updated: don’t miss Kelley’s raccoon cross stitch pendant (with free stitch chart) here!*

if you make raccoon elbow patches from this tutorial, please share pics in the imagine gnats flickr group. pattern and tutorial are for personal use only.
happy stitching!


Rachael Gander

I am a sewist, mom, wife, designer, blogger, and fabric enthusiast. I learned to sew alongside my mom, but lost interest in the craft until my early twenties, and I've spent the last fifteen years making up for lost time! I've experimented with modern quilting, accessories and garment sewing, hand-printed fabric, and textile design, I have found my love in pattern design, and sell my original sewing and embroidery patterns in the imagine gnats shop.

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17 Responses to raccoon week: elbow patches

  1. Michele December 17, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

    How absolutely adorable. That kid is pretty cute too.

    • Kelley December 17, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

      thanks! I like him.

  2. Courtney December 17, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

    Aack, so awesome!

  3. Courtney December 17, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

    Oh, and I would say, as learned from personal experience, some felts bleed inthe wash (even good quality ones), so use cold water and maybe a color catcher. I think I might do knee patches for the boys!

    • Kelley December 17, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

      thanks courtney! love the knee patch idea!

  4. Katy Cameron December 17, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

    Bwahaha, love it

  5. justplainlovely.com December 17, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    Kelley! I love these:) Now I just have to figure out how many I can make for my wardrobe without seeming too raccoon crazy… they are the new black though;). –Erin

  6. Katie December 17, 2012 at 11:01 pm #

    Holy cuteness! I wonder if my daughter has any sweaters I can do this to. And when I say “my daughter” I really mean me ;-)

  7. Vanessa December 17, 2012 at 11:57 pm #

    Ridiculously cute!!

  8. Anonymous December 19, 2012 at 1:36 am #

    Do you think I’d be able to get the same effect if I made rabbits instead of raccoons?? :)

  9. Jane@Buzzmills December 19, 2012 at 7:14 pm #

    Kelley, these are fantastic!! Love them!! Raccoon patches might be everywhere in my house soon! ;)

  10. Gina @ So Let's Hang Out December 20, 2012 at 1:08 am #

    Such a cute idea! Now I want to go put raccoons on everything. :)

  11. farrah January 29, 2013 at 5:03 pm #

    Thanks so much for sharing this template and tutorial. I sewed them on a sweater for my son.

  12. Ego vs Ego August 20, 2013 at 11:57 am #

    I think you could do this with interfaced cotton too, then maybe it won’t go all weird in the dryer…

  13. momitablog October 22, 2013 at 9:28 pm #

    This tutorial is amazing !!, we very liked it everyone in the facebook group and we have created an event for make one animal either one. Thank you so much !!


  14. Irene V. December 20, 2013 at 12:09 pm #

    Oh, my! The cutest elbow patches I’ve ever seen!!!
    I’ve featured this sweater refashion in a roundup on my blog…
    Hugs from Italy,
    MammaNene @ SergerPepper.com

  15. Judi Duncan December 20, 2013 at 4:25 pm #

    my word, you have a lot of patience!

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