Embroidered Patch

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HAND MAKE YOUR VERY OWN PATCH

Embroidered Patch

Prep time: 10 mins | Make time: 8-10hrs (approx.*) | Total time: 10hrs 10 mins


An expressive fun way to personalize your clothing.

Materials

  • Felt (I am using ecofi, it is a 100% polyester fiber made from recycled plastic bottles)
  • Tracing board (you can also use the light of your phone or freestyle your sketch)
  • Paper sketch
  • Embroidery needle (I am using a size 9)
  • Heat n Bond
  • Fabric & paper scissors
  • Embroidery thread
  • Pencil
  • Pellon (iron on)
  • Iron

Instructions

  1. Grab your sketch and felt and cut a rectangle in the felt around the sketch. Then take your pellon and cut the same shape of the felt on the pellon
  2. Now iron on the rough side of the pellon to the felt
  3. You will need to transfer the image of the sketch to your felt. You can use a lightbox, the light of your phone, or freestyle the sketch into your felt.
  4. Now begin embroidering the outline. The color threads are up to you, you can use traditional colors or make it funky. You will begin by making a knot at the end of your thread, and threading your needle. 
  5. **To fill in use the satin stitch and to outline the line use the split stitch. Satin stitch: created by inserting up your needle and then moving across to the other side, then moving forward from where you inserted and go back cross. You will continue this technique back and forth. With the satin stitch, I recommend to make the length short, this way to are left with nice tight threads filling in your  patch nicely. Split stitch: created by creating a regular stitch, expect reinsert your needle up the middle of you previous stitch. Then you stitch back down and bring it back up in the middle. 
  6. Once you complete embroidering in your patch, you will grab your fabric scissors and trim the patch down to 1/4".
  7. Prep your needle with your choice of embroidery thread. Then begin filling in the edges by getting as close as possible to the embroidered patch. You want to make your fill enough so that you cannot see any of the felt remaining. 
  8. Take your patch and trace it on top of the smooth side of the heat-n-bond. Then cut the outline with your paper scissors.
  9. Place the rough side of the heat-n-bond to the back of your patch and iron it on
  10. Remove the wax paper of the heat-n-bond. Grab your garment and iron on the patch.

Note

  • * The size of your patch will determine how long embroidering the sketch might take you. The smaller the quicker & the larger the longer
  • **The amount of strands to use for the satin stitch & split stitch is base on your preference. I recommend, using the 6 strands for the satin stitch and 3 strands for the split stitch 
  • When ironing on your patch you can place a cloth on top 
  • Press down very strongly the iron when attaching your patch. If you see the patch isn't sticking so well, you can sew it on