How to make an embroidery badge at home

Most of the times when we want to use an embroidery badge we head to the store and try our luck. If you feel that you are never able to find something that you want at these stores or want to make something that is customized and unique then you can easily make these embroidery badges at home. All you will need is a little bit of creativity and imagination.

An embroidery badge is mostly used when we want to customize our clothes such that we can be seen as a part of a group. So be it your garden club. Boy Scout team, hiking club etc, you can make your own logo and badge at home. You will need a few supplies such as a medium to heavy cotton cloth, embroidery threads, scissors, backing paper and iron on adhesive and some tracing paper.

Begin your patch making by first zeroing in on the pattern and design of the badge. Normally badges are small in size so keep in mind that your pattern isn’t too busy. You can have some words along with the pattern to denote the motto of your group or you can do away with the words and have only a beautiful pattern.

Once you have selected the pattern you need to transfer that on to paper. Make sure that you keep the border thick as the border will serve as the frame of your badge. Color the drawing out in the colors that you want to use in the final badge. Once you are happy with your design trace it on a tracing paper first and then transfer this tracing out on the cloth. Make sure that the color of the cloth is of the background that you want.

When you have completed this step you will need to fix some backing paper on the back of your pattern. This backing paper is easily available at all embroidery stores in many types. There are the wash away papers that wash off easily and there are tear away ones which you can tear off once you are ready with your design. After affixing the backing paper secure an embroidery hoop around the pattern making sure that the pattern is in the center at all times. This will help you in embroidering easily and conveniently without worrying about breaking needles or uneven stitching. It also helps greatly if you have a detailed design traced on the cloth depicting the stitches that you want to use.

Now you can get set and start embroidering your embroidery badge. Make sure that you use a higher density of thread to make the border as this will be the frame for your badge. Once you have completed the entire embroidery remove the badge from the frame and cut it out leaving a small seam space. After having cut the badge from the big cloth you will need to carefully cut out the excess seam as closely as possible to the badge. You can then either stick the badge directly to the garment of your choice or can put an iron on adhesive on the back of the badge and have it ready for use.