Saturday, February 18, 2012

DIY: Heart Shaped Elbow Pads

Yep, another DIY! I've had all these wonderful ideas running through my head and I want to share them with y'all. This one was inspired by all the hearts going around for Valentine's Day, and the best part is they will be cute all year round! 

Here is what you will need:
  1. Scissors
  2. An old sweater/cardigan
  3. 1/2 yard of felt (any color you wish!)
  4. Thread and a needle
  5. Sewing pins

I chose this sweater I got from Urban Outfitters last year. Although it's super comfy and a wonderful tan color it has been less than inspiring for me lately. What better way to vamp it up then dark brown elbow pads? I bought 1/2 a yard of felt, which is probably way more than you will actually need. Just better to be safe than sorry! 

Next I pulled on the sweater and used a washable marker to show were my elbows hit. I realized it would have been much easier to just use pins to mark it because I tried it on again and my elbows were in a different place! Like my daddy says, measure twice cut once, so make sure you pull it off and then back on again and make sure the mark is still where you want it. After getting the correct elbow placement I measured the width of the sleeve where my mark was, 14 centimeters.

Now, for cutting the hearts I took the felt and folded it over. I put a pin at 7 inches (half the width of the sleeve). The pin is to ensure I didn't cut my heart wider than the sleeve is. 

Here is what your heart should look like after you cut it out. Doing the halfway heart trick ensures that both sides are perfectly even. 

I put the heart on the sleeve to make sure it was the size I wanted.

To cut the second heart just trace cut around the first heart.

Next you pin the hearts over the elbow mark you made earlier. Then I measured from the bottom of the heart to the end of the sleeve. You want this measurement to be even on both sides. 

(my kitty trying to help!)

Lastly you are going to stitch on the hearts! The reason I hand stitched is because I don't know how to use a sewing machine properly. Plus I think the little hand stitches are more cute anyway! :)

After you finish sewing you run outside and take cute outfit pictures:

I want to quickly mention that Star Wars 3-D was amazing. I hope they do it with the other ones too! Also that I have probably consumed more than two pounds of chocolate this week, seriously one of the best chocolate holidays. Zach, on top of all the chocolate, bought me flowers and a really cute teddy bear. The best part though, were these adorable little handmade coupons. One is for a 20 minute back scratch and another is for outfit photos, etc.. Hehe, was so sweet. I bought him a really gnarly snake book, which he absolutely adored. Have I mentioned my boyfriend has a snake addiction? 

Sorry for not posting all week, really I did go out and take outfit pictures twice, but the background didn't match my outfit and the lighting was bad and blah. Didn't like them!

Have a great weekend!


Hannah Wilkinson said...

Wonderful D.I.Y, thank you for sharing I will definitely be trying this out!

Leila said...

Beautiful pictures (and cat!). :) I've been meaning to do this for a while with one of my sweaters, and you may have inspired me to do so soon!

Unknown said...

you are so amazing at DIYs! i wish i could be that creative, haha. and i love that you used a heart for the elbow patch. so cute! i want your cardigan!


omg awesome DIY! i love this idea! and tehe your cat is so cute! and i really love your new blogging layout!


SomeoneLikeYou said...

Such a cute idea, Kaylee! You look darling in this outfit; as always! ❤

Zane said...

sweet idea, love it

nest + venture said...

aw, they look so sweet! I have been wanting to try this for a while now, definitely have to now. xoxo!

Emma said...

that is the cutest idea ever!

Nikki | The Ginger Diaries said...

aah, this is SO cute and sweet! I love how the DIY turned out :) xo Nikki

Unknown said...

This is so cute, I love it! Definitely going to give it a go myself :)

Louisejoyb xo | Bits&Bobs

6roove said...

amazing idea and great job!

Sandra Dżi said...

I love it!

Julia Topaz said...

oh my god. this is ridiculously adorable.

Cátia said...

such a cute DIY :) I'm loving your blog and I'm definitely following*

Katherine said...

adorable - i love them! they'd be great on this red sweater i just bought - maybe a project for the weekend!

Alexis, Sonja, Kadia said...

You are very talented. It's so cute :)

Annika Victoria said...

Yayayayay, someone else on the DIY bandwagon (nothing to be ashamed of, I'm so well and truly on it too!) I loooove DIY posts more than anything. You look gorgeous!

xx Annika
The Pineneedle Collective

Charlotte said...

wauw, it's really beautiful! (: ♥

Rachel Marie said...

So adorable! Such a cozy and pretty look, and those loafers! Also, I'm in love with your kitty ^_^

Midwest Muse said...

This is so freaking adorable. I keep seeing variations of this and I need to do it too!