Patches made an epic comeback last year and they’re still going strong. I figured a patch DIY seems appropriate for summer but I wanted to do a cross-stitch version because
I’m a geek I’m really digging the embroidery theme that’s all over runways and clothing stores this summer.
This is an easy DIY that literally takes minutes to complete but it’s a great way to revamp old clothes that you’re not ready to throw out just yet.
What you need:
- Embroidery patch (you can buy these ready made or make your own – I have a tutorial here on How to cross stitch )
- Fabric glue
- Small paint brush
- Heat bond
- A rag or some scrap fabric
- Cut everything to size. Take your embroidered patch, lay it on your heat bond and cut them both to size. For this step it’s important to leave room, you can always trim it down neater later on if you don’t like the extra fabric around the edge.
- Attach the heat bond. Lay the back of your patch against the rough (diamond pattern) side of the heat bond. Make sure to read the instructions of your heat bond. Then place a rag or scrap fabric over your design and iron for the required amount of time. Usually less than a minute on the silk setting is enough to set the bond. Make sure to iron both sides though.
- Peel off the back. Okay so this step is pretty self explanatory but you should be able to see a faint imprint of the heat bond (for me the crisscross pattern) at the back of your patch. (This didn’t really show up in my photo (￣(工)￣).
- Trim to size. Now you can go ahead and cut closer to the edge of your design – just be careful not to snip your stitches! Personally I liked having a border so I left some room also the fabric I used was quite prone to unraveling so I thought it was best not to cut too close.
- Glue down the edges. Once you’re happy with your patch take a little paintbrush or even a cotton swab and go over the edges with fabric glue (to prevent fraying).
- Let it dry. 10-15 minutes should be plenty, basically you just want the glue to get tacky even if it’s not completely dry.
- Attach it to your garment. Arrange the patch however you’d like it and then place the same rag or scrap fabric on top (just be careful not to move your patch from its desired position) and go back over it with the iron again at a high setting. I like to run the iron over my patches for a couple of minutes just to ensure that they are securely attached to the garment.
I love how my patch turned out and I can’t wait to wear this jacket (when it’s on the border isn’t as noticeable). If you’ve already got some patches made then this is such a quick DIY and wardrobe revamp^^
Happy DIYing everyone!