Golden elbow pads DIY

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Here’s what you’ll need…

An iron
A cardigan
Gold lamé spandex
Straight pins
A damp cotton pressing cloth, or a damp dish towel that does not have any texture to it (i.e. no terrycloth towels)
Scissors
A sharpie
Iron-on fabric tape

Step 1: Put on the cardigan/ sweater.

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Step 2: Place a straight pin where your elbow is.

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Step 3: Cut out a rectangle of gold lame fabric, about two inches wide and three or four inches long.
Step 4: Make sure that the sides of the rectangle are even and straight.

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Step 5: Fold the rectangle in half length-wise.

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Step 6: Fold the rectangle in half width-wise.

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Step 7: Holding the folded edges together, round off the corner on the lose ends, to create an oval shape.

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Step 8: Unfold the oval and use the scissors to clean up the shape, if you need to correct any unevenness.

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Step 9: Place the oval you just made on the remaining gold lame fabric and trace it with the sharpie, making sure that you don’t get sharpie on the oval itself.

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Step 10: Cut out the shape, and use the scissors to clean up any unevenness.
Step 11: Cut four lengths of iron-on fuse tape, each about three or four inches long.

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Step 12: Place the fuse tape on the arm of the sweater, around the pin that marked your elbow in the center.
Step 13: Remove the pin.

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Step 14: Place one of the ovals over the tape. Adjust the tape so that is underneath the oval and touches all of the edges. It doesn’t matter if there is a little tape peeking out from the oval, as it will evaporate when it is ironed.

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Step 15: Place the damp cloth on top of the oval, making sure that nothing gets knocked out of place.

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Step 16: With the iron on steam, press it down on top of the oval and leave it there for about 10 seconds. Do not move the iron around — you just want to press down firmly on top of the patch.
Step 17: Remove the damp cloth — the gold lame patch should now be stuck in place.

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Step 18: To place the next patch, line up the sleeves of the sweater, making sure that the cuffs and the shoulders match.

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Step 19: Using the previous patch as a guide, place a pin on the bare sleeve in the center of where the patch will go, to mark your elbow.

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Step 20: As in step 11-12, cut four more pieces of adhesive tape and place them on the sleeve, keeping the pin in the center. Then, remove the pin, and repeat steps 14-16 to iron on the remaining patch.

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Voilà!

Source: Refinery 29
Photographed by Erin Yamagata, DIY by Christy Kurtz

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