How to make customized embroidered badges

Customized embroidered badges are the best way to take a plain garment and turn it into a uniform. These badges are also a great way to lend exclusivity to any group or organization. So be it some society that you are a part of or a Boy Scout team, you can use embroidery badges to create a mark of distinction and stand out from the rest of the crowd.

When you want to make customized badges you have to start by determining the purpose of the badge. Once you have done that you will need to select a design for your badge, sketch the same and also color it on paper. Once you have produced the final look of the badge in color on paper you will have a clear idea of how your final product is going to look. Now get ready for some tracing, cutting and sewing. But first, have all the material ready for making the badge.

To make a customized badge you will have to choose the textile on which you will be making the badge, have the needles and embroidery threads ready and decide on the stitch types that you will be using. Once you have done all this and have it in place it is time to get to work.

Once you have made your badge design on paper to the exact measurements you will have to transfer it to the cloth. Getting the measurements to size is very essential as you don’t want a badge that is too small or too big. You can customize your badge by not just having a unique design but also by having a unique shape. Use a graph ruler to measure your design and transfer it on tracing paper. Now you can transfer this design by drawing a outline on the cloth. Having a thick outline serves better as that depicts your badges frame. It is the rim which also has a higher stitch count which gives the badge its raised frame. Another thing that you need to keep in mind is that you transfer the design in the centre of the hoop so that there are no skipped stitches.

Use a stabilizing sheet on your fabric which supports the weight of the fabric and design. You can choose from many of these stabilizing sheets which are readily available in a number of forms such as tear away, water soluble or even cut away. Follow the instruction on the stabilizing sheet for best results.

Once you have finished embroidering your embroidered badges you will need to cut it out. Use your embroidery scissors and carefully cut out your badge. Make sure you leave 1/6th inch of the fabric on the side of the stitched border. Now take some wax paper and put the cut out badge face down on it. Take some fabric glue and put a small amount on your badge and spread it out evenly. Take the additional seam in and let the glue dry out. You can paste another piece of cloth cut to size on your embroidered badges and fix a pin on it and your badges are ready for use.