Your Ugly Holiday Sweater Needs Elbow Patches

Your best friend’s annual holiday party is coming up, and this year, you’re determined to win the award for the tackiest holiday sweater. Sure, you could raid the local thrift store to find some long-discarded chunky knit sweater adorned with Rudolph’s face, but you’re too creative for that. Armed with plenty of Pinterest inspiration and your trusty hot glue gun, you get to work attaching every obnoxious jingle bell you can find, some kind of gaudy trim around the collar, and of course, lots of glitter. Your sweater is almost finished, but it needs one final touch. What could make it even better? Two words: elbow patches. We’ve got a couple of ideas to help you create your own DIY elbow patches. So, let’s get to work accessorizing those trusty elbows of yours. That “best sweater” award is yours. 

First things first, if the creative juices haven’t started flowing and your sweater is still a blank canvas, check out this article to get some inspiration. Really, the possibilities for your masterpiece are endless. Have some extra tinsel lying around? Throw it on the sweater! Add some bows, lights, pom poms, beads…the world is your oyster. Save some crafting energy for the elbow patches though; they’re the icing on the cake.

Needle-Felted Patch

Felting with wool roving might sound a bit intimidating, but it’s easier than it sounds. This tutorial is super helpful because it includes step-by-step pictures to guide you through the whole process. The elbow patches shown in the link are hearts, but you could just as easily make them into trees, reindeer, or ornaments with the right cookie cutter! With these bad boys, you won’t be able to resist showing off your elbows to anyone in the vicinity.

Fabric Patch

This elbow patch is fun because you can customize it with any fabric you want. Bring on the all the holiday-themed fabric available. You could even mix-and-match—one print or color on one elbow, a different one on the other side. Of course, you could always go for a more traditional look here, too. Perhaps something in tweed will be just the touch your sweater needs.

Sequin Patch

Everything’s better with sequins—especially your tacky holiday sweater. Show up looking like a disco ball and you’ll be the talk of the party. Just head to your local craft store and pick up whatever sequin fabric catches your fancy. Then follow this super simple tutorial to add just the right amount of sparkle to your ensemble.

Of course, we think all of these elbow patches are lovely—and they’d be perfect for any sweater! So if a DIY ugly holiday sweater isn’t your thing, you can still adorn a cozy, but plain, sweater for a little something special. If you do decide to go for all the tackiness you can get your hands on, these tutorials will help you take your piece of art to the next level. Time to start clearing off a place on the shelf for your trophy—you’ve got this ugly holiday sweater contest in the bag.

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