DIY: Painted Gold Elbow Patches

This simple DIY Painted Gold Elbow Patch is made with fabric paint and a freezer stencil—this is a breezy DIY for moms. Learn how to make it!


  • V-neck sweater or cardigan
  • Gold fabric paint
  • Freezer stencil paper (found next to wax paper at the grocery store)
  • Exact-o knife
  • Foam brush
  • Print-out of 2 ovals about 3 inches long

DIY Painted Gold Elbow Patches

Step 1: Print out 2 ovals about 3 inches long and tape them on top of a piece of freezer stencil. Carefully cut out the ovals. Remember that the part you save is the negative space! You can discard the 2 oval shapes you just cut out.
Gold Patches - Step 1

Step 2: Your freezer stencil paper will have a plastic coating on one side which sticks to fabric when ironed. Halfway down the back of one sweater arm, iron on the shape. Make sure it's ironed down thoroughly.
Gold Patches - Step 2

Step 3: Repeat Step 2 on the other arm of the sweater.
Gold Patches - Step 3

Step 4: Slide a small piece of cardboard into the arm (this is so the paint won't bleed through to the other side). Apply gold fabric paint with a brush. Allow to dry and apply 2 additional coats or until it achieves your desired look.
Gold Patches - Step 4

Step 5: Carefully tear off the paper when dry and now you've got gorgeous new gold patches!
Gold Patches - Step 5