Embroidered patches are best used to personalize your garments, whether it may be jeans, shirts or sweaters. You can simply buy patches of this kind, but making your own is much better. Do-It-Yourself embroidered patches are not just limited to square or round shapes. You can custom cut them according to your preference. You can choose from different designs, like simple text, logos or you can even mix the two together. With just some of the basic embroidery skills, you will be surprised that you can make these wonders right at home, with just a few steps to follow.
In making your embroidered patches, you will need the following materials:
- Tracing Paper
- Colored pencils
- Embroidery threads
- Fabric for the patch
- Chosen patch design
The following instructions are as follows:
- Sketch your chosen design on your tracing paper. Once done, trace the design on your patch fabric. Highlight the areas in your design that needs to be accentuated using your colored pencils. Color the areas according to what is in the design.
- To start, insert your embroidery thread into the needle’s eye. Tie a knot at the end of the thread, and then pull the needle from the backside of the fabric to hide the knot.
- Start first with the color that has smaller area coverage. Make sure to embroider everything in that color before proceeding to the next to save time.
- The stitches used in embroidered patches are patterned like the letter X, where you pull the needle through the fabric, creating your first point. Then it goes down, which is your point two. Then from the backside, it will resurface again as your point three, then goes down again as your point four then back to the true side of your fabric, which is point five. Continue doing this pattern until you covered all the areas of the same color.
- In securing the thread, pull the thread through the fabric to the backside of your patch. Pull your needle into your stitch loops to secure a knot. Once done, cut the excess thread with scissors. You can now begin embroidering an area of another color following the same procedures as mentioned above.
- Take note that before starting with the larger areas; make sure that all the smaller parts and the line patterns have been embroidered first.
- After all the areas have been covered, the embroidery of the borders and detailing are done last. The detailing includes the outline of your picture or a word in your patch.
- Trim the edges of your fabric according to your preferred size.
- Hem the edges of your patch by folding the fabric edge, the overlaps being on the back side. Secure the folds with pins and start sewing the edges, removing the pins as it is sewn. Your embroidered patch is now ready to use.
It’s no wonder that embroidered patches have set another trend in fashion because of their unique take on style. With limitless designs to choose from, you can create a lot of patches that will suit just about any type of clothing. You can use these to jazz up an old outfit, and make it a hot trend. Since they can be made from scratch, no technical skills are needed, just a creative mind. This goes to show that you can create your patches out of simple materials that can be found at home. Made from original ideas and with effort, your embroidered patches will surely stand out and come to life.