Iron-on patches are returning back from the 60s to the fashion industry. We can see many beautiful designs by major fashion houses, but maybe they still haven’t got something you want. Following few steps you can make your own iron-on patch. You can make it unique and stand out from everyone.
Accessories you will need
To make a patch from scratch you will need some basic embroidery making equipment. For starters, you will need an embroidery backing where your patch will be embroidered. Next thing on your list is piece of cloth that is used later when needlework is finished. You need to have a hoop that is used to tighten up sewing surface, also, some embroidery floss and a needle. Glue will be required later and a piece of clothing for the patch.
Step 1: Picking the right patch design
Before you start making your patch, a good advice would be to think more about what actually will be on the patch. There is infinite number of designs you can choose, depending on the difficulty it can take from 10 minutes to a couple of hours to make a patch. They are usually a simple symbol that will be easy to apply, likeemojis, flowers, or some letters. Detailed symbols or pictures aren’t a good way to go because when the needlework is finished it will be hard to notice what is in the patch, details make them bulkier. You can check some designs on https://www.pinterest.com/.
Step 2: Prepare for needlework
When you have all of the accessories ready and you picked a design you want to make, you are ready to work. The first thing you should do is to cross out the patch image to the embroidery background. To have a reverse image of it, like in the mirror, you should flip over the side of embroidery background where your piece of art is and put the cloth on top. Next step is to take your hoop that is made of 2 parts and put the smaller one beneath and the other, that is bigger and has a loosening mechanism, over the cloth, and tighten it up.
Step 3: Needlework
Next step is to pick the color you want and you can start stitching. The first stitch should be from the bottom, tie the knot at the end of your string and then come back on top. A smart thing also is to start from the top of your first color and work your way to the bottom.It can be easier for you if you cut off the excess string from the very first stitch you made. There are many ways to sew by hand, you can check out some ways here. If you are all out of your string or you finished with the first color, you are going to cut the string and split it into two separate parts. A string is made of six little ones, so when you split them it’s going to be three by three, you should take one of the threes and sew it underneath the last stitch you made, and make a knot. Cut off the extra string and you are ready to start with a new color.
Step 4: Pre-ironing and ironing
Once you’ve finished needlework you can remove the hoop and you can tear away the backing.Cut out the piece of heat bond roughly larger than your patch. Heat bond has a rough side and a smooth side, you are going to place the rough side against the back of your patch. You can put a cloth over your patch to protect your iron from the pieces you accidentally cut out. Next step is to iron on the heat bond. After ironing you can remove the cloth and cut out the extra cloth but leave 2mm, so you can sew the outline to make it more compact. You can remove the wax paper from the heat bond, also, add some glue on the edges of cloth and patch so we can be sure it stays intact, then do the outline. The last step is to put the patch where you want it to be and to the ironing.
TheCheapPlace.com embroidered patches offers you finished patches. If you are lazy and to skip the hard steps, you can always check patches that are already made, all you need to do is to iron on them or stitch on your clothing.
Aug 18, 2016 0