November 30, 2012

a cat named patches

My sister and I have been chatting about about adding elbow patches to our sweaters as a DIY project. Becuase we are hipster like that. And by hipster I mean we peruse Pinterest and get inspired by all the other ideas. 

I saw a few tutorials for felting elbow pads, which looked fantastic, but they seemed to be a bit more involved than what we were going for.

So we bought some stitch witchery, some fabric, and ironed those patches onto our elbows.

We used chalk to mark the center point of the elbow section.


Oh and we made Grits a scarf as well.


I thought a cat patch would be freakin' adorable on my elbows. It's a subtle way to "wear" a cat outfit (other than constantly being covered in cat hair), without decking myself out in all things cat.

Although let me take this opportunity to thank all of you who have tweeted and emailed my sister and I about the cute cat sweater and dress at Loft. You know us well, and we are very tempted to buy it. 

If this is the first post you are ever reading from me. . .well I'm sure you will think I'm a little cat crazy. It's true. And if this is your second or fiftieth post you already know that about me.

Anyway, back to the patch.

By the way, is the title of this post making sense to you yet?? #kneeslapper


I cut out two cats, cut out the stitch witchery, and began ironing.


Follow the directions on the stitch witchery package for your ironing rules.


My sister made cute little yellow hearts. . . 







I almost went into cat-iac arrest when I saw how cute it turned out.
It's eye-cat-ching.
I am not kitten you this is my new favorite sweater.

Enough? okay.

63 comments:

  1. You really cracked me up this morning! The design is very cat-chy!

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    1. I LOVE THAT SCARF!! Where's it from??

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  2. this is a great, fun, and practical project - pinned already!

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  3. turned out cute, not catastrophic at all!!

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  4. Bahaha!! Thanks for the laugh!!! Love the sweaters, they are TOO CUTE!!

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  5. You have cat to be kitten me right meow! Too cute!

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  6. You are indeed the Crazy Cat Lady. Made me smile at the end of a hard week - thank you. X

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  7. I think I will have to paws and think of a good idea for my sweater. Hmmm. I'm sure I will come up with the purrfect one. Thx for the idea :) Have a great weekend

    wideospaces.blogspot.com

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  8. Love it! That sweater is adorable! I have been wanting to add elbow patches to one of my cardigans for while and this just confirms that I need to.

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  9. hilar.
    love them! i want to try!

    xo - heather
    www.ThisLifeIsYours.com

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  10. #crazycatlady #canttakeyourpicturesseriously
    seriously. cute and hilarious. i just sat at my desk laughing hysterically at "i'm not kitten."

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  11. You are tooooo funny!! I Love it!! I am sooo doing this!!

    xoxo

    www.sassysouthernsammie.blogspot.com

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  12. Those. are. awesome.
    Second DIY thing this week (counting the shoes) I'm going to have to copy. I don't know if I'm brave enough to go with the cats, though!
    -Shannon

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  13. Could you please tell me where you got your cardigan, tank, and scarf? Thanks!!

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  14. I love this idea! I am also a #catlady. (Two indoors and, I won't even mention the number of outdoor kitties that we help feed.) To the girl who mentioned paw print patches...that is also a great idea, I would so do that as well, I also have a French bulldog.

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  15. This is not my first time reading, although I am a new follower....and I do not think you are Cat crazy!!! I also love Cats and can appreciate this! I love it! Love, love, love your Cat elbow patch!

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  16. Cute! When I read cat crazy it made me think of a friend of mine with 6 of them, anyway she showed me this video this weekend. You have to watch it! The first link is the song someone made and the 2nd is her actual video bio.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sP4NMoJcFd4

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTTwcCVajAc

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  17. So cute Kate! Love your finishing paragraph too. Ha!
    I would so write that. Hillarry.

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  18. Very cute! Thanks for the funny post. I needed a good laugh this morning! :D

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  19. I just died. I'm doing this tomorrow. one of my first DIY projects. WORTH IT. CAT.


    http://frenchpresstights.blogspot.com/

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  20. This is amazing! I was just looking at a sweater this morning thinking it was probably time to toss it but nope - it is definitely getting cat patches on the elbows. Perfect way to flaunt our crazy cat lady awesome-ness. Bravo!

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  21. Super cute idea!I think this would be even cuter if you took a different colored thread and hand-stitched a border along the edge of the patch.

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  22. You literally made me laugh out loud! I'm going to be a copy cat and do this tomorrow. Pawsitively adorable!

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  23. Ok, how do you & Lauren feel about adopting another sister? I swear, you two have too much fun together. Love "Patches", the newest member of your cat clan!

    LindsayJEveryday.blogspot.com

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    1. we feel pretty good about it. It would really be something our parents would need to consider though. . . :)

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  24. I love the cat patches! Do they hold up under washing?

    Kristina

    Kristina does the Internets

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  25. I have the loft cat sweater! I LOVE it because it is not obvious crazy cat lady ;-)

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  26. I am almost rendered cat-atonic at the amazingness of your work! :) Where's your scarf from? It's gorgeous!

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  27. Did you recently color your hair? I think I see a touch of dark underneath. It's pretty!

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    1. Nope! It's very over-due. Thats my natural color underneath!

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  28. Let me just paws a moment to tell you... It's purrrr-fect!! You do way better than ME-owww on that sewing stuff! Fur really and truly! I'm feline pretty jealous right now!!! ;) So keep that sweater away from us or we might just whisk-er away! :))

    Haha! LOVE! :)

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  29. I love that you're a crazy cat lady! Sometimes I feel like the minority in the blogging world because everyone seems to have a dog. Anyways, if you have a cat you've got to check out http://catversushuman.blogspot.com/ if you haven't. You will crack up.

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    1. I think the opposite--so many bloggers have cats! I love catvshuman--they are hilarious!

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  30. That is so creative! I haven't seen those kittens yet on pinterest. Thank you so much for sharing! Oh and btw your cat is so cute.

    ~Heidi (Juicing Blogger @ Juicingpedia)

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  31. My childhood cat's name WAS Patches, so when I saw your post I thought, "HOW DID SHE KNOOOOOWWWWW?" and then I realized I was being ridiculous.

    These, however, are adorable.

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    1. HAHahaha. I just know these things. :)

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  32. This is really cute. I did something similar to a shirt for Valentine's Day last year. I stitched around the edges with some embroidery thread to give it a more finished look. Turned out really cute.

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  33. OMG.... my mom would die for these cute cat patches. lol.

    -michelle

    www.littlehomesandbighearts.com

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  34. Love this idea! I might have to warm up to it for me...but it is a for sure for my kids!

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  35. Are you wearing that sweater right meow?! Ok, sorry. Wanted to add that.
    Cute elbow patches though!

    http://lynettemarieh.blogspot.com/

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  36. I am a cat lady, so obviously I love this idea. What will my fiance say when I add cat patches to all my long sleeved shirts and sweaters?

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  37. OMG I'm dying. Cat Patches is the best idea, like, ever. In the history of everything. So awesome. http://www.thismomsgonnasnap.com

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  38. I love that little cat cut out. I've actually done the felting - it was super easy! It took like 5 minutes. You just have to make sure you don't buy the cheapest felting needles, get the ones that are like $4 not $3 and you'll be set! This is from when I did it (hope its okay to post it here):

    http://franish.blogspot.com/2012/09/heart-on-my-sleeves.html

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  39. Sorry, but the patches look absolutely awful !!

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  40. Friend, you are teetering on the edge of crazy cat lady!! :)

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  41. love this post! Your puns are hysterical! keep up the fun posts!

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  42. Kate, thank you for this idea! My favorite shirts & sweaters always get holes in the right elbow because I work at a computer all day and my "mouse elbow" rests on my desk constantly. Now I don't have to get rid of them!

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  43. It is so creative especially the cat patches look so great on your outfit. I love your sense of humor.

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  44. That's adorable. Can our cats be bffs?

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  45. I'm pretty sure Grits would like some permanent patches. lol JK! This is fun!

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  46. Where did you get the turquoise scarf? i love it!!

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  47. This is awesome!
    thehartungs.blogspot.ca

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  48. This is so cute!! Love your cat-humor :)

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