It seems as though there are certain small details in fashion that tend to get recycled and reworked and feel as though they’ve been around forever. Elbow patches fall into that category for me. When a dear friend was talking about her hunt for the perfect sweater with patches I confidently proclaimed that I had a solution for her. All you need to get started is a button down sweater, crew neck sweater, or blazer. There are a variety of materials that can be used to create the elbow patches such as leather, suede, or tweed. I used a sewing machine to secure the patches on the elbow, although you can sew it by hand using this guide or this type of stitch. I love the way it turned out and I’m already envisioning other items in my closet that could benefit from this little upgrade.