How to make a sew on patch

A sew on patch can be of great use when you want to give your piece of apparel, linen, pillows, cushions, jackets etc a new look without having to spend much money. You can easily go online and take a look at the wide variety of patches that you can use readily. You will be surprised at the variety that you can get when you look online. Be it a patch for your garden club logo or a patch of your favorite band, you can definitely buy one or get one customized to your requirement.

Even though you can get these patches online and also at your embroidery store what is more fun is to make it yourself. You can select a design or even get creative and make your own design depending on the purpose of your patch. For instance if you want to make a number of patched to be sewed on to your children’s blankets you can make mini patterns of the toys that he or she likes. You can also make patches with themes to be put together to look almost like a collage. Getting a little creative is all it takes.

To begin making your sew on patch, get the design ready on paper in detail. Draw out the stitches that you will be using and fill out the drawing with the colors that you want to use on the patch to get a clear idea of your vision. Now use a tracing paper and trace out this complete pattern on the cloth you will be using. Once that is done fix some backing paper on the back of the design to make sure that the pattern has a smooth and uniform finish. Attach a hoop around the pattern after making sure that the pattern is in the centre of the hoop and get to work embroidering.

Use a higher density of thread when making borders in your patch as that will make your patch look as if it is sitting inside a frame. Then get to embroider the rest of the patch. Once you have completed embroidering cut out the patch leaving some seam space. This extra seam will be used when you are sewing the patch in place.

Now that your sew on patch is ready, all you need to do is get ready with a needle and thread or a sewing machine to sew the patch in place. The first step to do this is to secure the patch in place with pins so that it doesn’t shift when you are sewing it on. Now thread your needle choosing a thread of the color of the patch. You can even use a contrasting color thread depending on the kind of look you want to give your patch. Now sew all along the perimeter of the patch using small straight stitches. Try to keep your handiwork as neat as possible to give a professional look to your stitching. Secure the patch firmly in place and cut off the excess thread and you are done sewing on your patch!