Patches are great ways to express honor or make a brand noticeable. If you’re feeling fashionable creative, here’s how to sew on a patch.
Do you have an old denim jacket you fancy jazzing up? Or perhaps you’d like to give a pillow a funky new look?
Whether you’d like to transform a jacket, bag, hat, or any home décor items, learning to sew on a patch is a fun activity for both children and adults.
However, although it’s a super simple task, you may not know where to start. It takes some patience and there are also minor details to consider when using certain types of fabrics to do custom embroidery patches.
We’re here to help. Here’s how to sew on a patch.
How to Hand Sew Patches
If you’re wondering how to sew on a patch by hand, this is the method for you. Sewing patches by hand is an easy way to adhere a patch onto any piece of clothing.
While sewing on patches using a machine is possible, you need to have the correct machine and settings for it to work.
And if you need help choosing a patch this range of embroidered patches adds personality and style to any piece of clothing or home décor item.
Gather the necessary materials. You’ll need the item you’re sewing the patch onto, the patch, thread (we suggest using thread that matches the patch or invisible thread), embroidery, sewing pins, a ruler or measuring tape, and scissors.
When sewing patches, it’s important to thoroughly wash and dry clothing and materials before starting to avoid any excess shrinking or stretching. This could potentially ruin the patch, clothing, or both.
Measure the patch and set it over the desired spot you’d like to sew it to. Be sure to smooth out any seams, natural folds, or creases in the fabric.
If you’re sewing a patch on a wearable item, it’s best to try the item on first to make sure you know exactly where you’d like the patch to be.
Pin the patch down to hold it in place. Don’t be afraid to use as many as necessary to hold it in place without manipulating the patch.
Alternatively, you can hold it down as you sew if you feel you can keep a tight enough grip on it – many people prefer this method!
Cut a piece of thread measuring around 15-20 inches long. Thread the needle with the matching thread and tie a knot at the end. For a stronger thread, you can always double up if desired.
Hold the patch down with a finger and thumb placed on the top and bottom. Then, push the threaded needle into the fabric and patch from the back about 1/8-inch from the edge.
Taking your time, slowly sew around the patch using your choice of a stitch. We suggest either a running or straight stitch for ease. If you have enough pins keeping the patch down, make sure to remove them once the patch is secure enough.
Finish stitching all around the patch. If there’s any excess thread, knot and trim it on the backside of the fabric once the patch is completely sewn. Voila, you have a brand-new sewn patch!
Tips and Tricks for Sewing a Patch
You’ve got the method ready, but here are the best tips and tricks to help sew on a patch with ease.
Sewing onto Leather and Denim
Wondering how to sew patches onto thick material, such as leather or denim? If so, you’ll need to use stronger needles made especially for those materials. You’ll also need a stronger thread, too.
Sewing a Patch Over a Hole
If you want to sew a patch to cover a hole, it’s important to know that the patch must be at least ½-inch larger than the hole. When you sew around the hole, follow the same directions as above but make sure you’re at least a 1/4-inch from the edge of the hole.
Using Perfect Thread
If you want to keep your thread at a convenient length, you can always cut more or less of it. The thread can accidentally catch or knot easily, and it takes a while to pull a long piece of thread through when sewing a patch.
You can always tie off and start new with the next stitch with a fresh piece of the thread if necessary.
Sewing Patches with a Raised Edge
Some patches feature a noticeable raised edge, and you may wonder how to work with this. If your patch does have a raised edge, stitch right on the inside of it.
If it doesn’t, choose a consistent distance from the edge to stitch around it at least 1/8-inch in.
Washing Clothing with a Patch
The method for washing a piece of clothing with a patch is the same way you’d wash embroidered clothing. When possible, spot clean or hand wash as the patch can be quite delicate. If using a machine, always use the gentlest cycle. To dry, hang or lay flat.
How to Sew on a Patch
Now you know the method of how to sew on a patch, your new skills will be beneficial for creating funky clothing and homeware at various points throughout your life!
If you struggle with the method, don’t worry – sometimes it just takes time and patience. Try a couple of times and take it slowly and you’ll soon get the hang of it.
Even if you can’t manage, you can always attach an iron-on adhesive to the back of the patch or use fabric glue instead of sewing on the patch. This works even if it’s a sew-on patch.
With this method, you can also add some texture by using safety pins to hold your patch down. Whichever technique you use, we’re sure your new patch will look awesome!
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