Patches are a great way to revive boring clothing or cover a defect on a material, such as a stain or hole. Today I will show you a few examples of how to make such patches yourself: how to find an idea, draw, cut and sew.
Do you have children who specialize in staining and piercing clothes? Do you have clothes that have already got bored and want to give them a new character? Or maybe you are a fan of something and you want to show it to the world?
In such situations, very useful things are patches that can be done on a small monetary and time cost.
I made a test by making patches in the shape of flowers, fruits and motifs from the story I loved – Harry Potter. Based on this experiment, see how many possibilities and ways to create your own patches!
Here are some tips that will help you to make your own patches:
Material. It works well:
- felt 1.5mm – 4mm thick
- it can also be a fabric (eg cotton) with a dense weave, but necessarily glued in fliselline
- Patches work best on fabrics. If you have experience with knitwear and sewing experience, you will also be able to sew on the knitwear application (but remember that it will lose its stretchability here). The patch will be much better adopted on a sweatshirt, that is, a fleshy knit for sweatshirts and outerwear, than on a slender knit for t-shirts.
In addition, you may need:
- scissors and possibly a cutter for wallpapers
- pencil, chalk or marker pen
- paper sheet or tracing paper
- Magic glue, fabric glue or nonwoven with double-sided adhesive
Theme. Here are some ideas:
- Flowers – compositions of flowers with leaves
- Different types of sweets: donuts, muffins, cookies, a cup
- Fruit: pineapple, apple, lemon, watermelon
- Potted flowers (seen from the side)
- Animals: flamingo, owl, goldfish or your favorite dog breed
- Basic themes such as: heart, star, arrow
- Inscriptions, each letter as a separate stripe
- Themes from movies and cartoons
For me, the best places to browse themes are Pinterest and coloring books. On Pinterest, enter the password you are looking for in English (flower / donut / cactus, etc.) + the words “simple sketch”, “pattern”, “drawing”. You can also use my board with motifs and patterns and board of illustrations.
The motive is to first draw a pencil on paper and then with a chalk or a felt pen. You do not have to be a great cartoonist to create a theme yourself. You can get inspired by drawings that reflect our aesthetics or use tracing paper to draw a given motif – of course, if the applications are made for personal use, not for commercial purposes. I used a coloring book from Harry Potter and made a patch of Dobby and Hogwarts:
If you are not satisfied with the effect of freehand drawing – use a tracing paper and copy the outer outline of the theme. You do not have to print the picture you use. You can trace it from the computer screen 😉 Cut out the motif drawn on a calla, lay on the material from which the application is to be drawn and draw the shape with a pen or a soft pencil (eg 6B).
The size of the patch is optional, but remember: the smaller it is, the more difficult it is to sew. If you are still learning to sew, make a simple and large motif, such as a heart 20 cm, if you sew for years – you can take a small and meticulous element.
First of all, the tool has to be sharp and precisely cutting. For fabrics and thin felt (1.5mm) scissors are enough, when cutting thick felt (4mm) and leather, a sharp knife for wallpaper will also be useful. We carefully cut the motif after the drawn contour and ready 🙂
Applying the patch on clothing or material:
Cut out the patch from the bottom with Magic glue, fabric glue or fleece with double-sided adhesive. We attach to the selected place on the material, gently press and wait for the glue to dry. If you use nonwoven with double-sided adhesive, the patch will be ironed to the fabric and you can sew it right away.
Thanks to this, we do not need to use sewing pins, which gives a great comfort with such a fine and precise element. We apply the glue very little so that it does not break through the patch and does not leave stains on the top.
We sew along the edge of the motif.
- There are two stitches to choose from: a straight stitch and a very dense zigzag stitch (like a buttonhole)
- With a zigzag stitch, place the machine on a zigzag stitch and select the smallest possible density. The width depends on you, but I recommend this middle one.
- The simple stitch looks very nice with the use of jeans – the effect is much better than with the standard 120 thread.
- Thread color plays an important role, because it adds character to the application. I strongly advise against black – it makes the theme clumsy and clumsy. The most universal color is white. You can see it in the example below: I used black to trim the strawberry and looks terrible! In addition, I used two colors for strawberry,which does not look good. Banana with a white outline and pineapple with brown looks ok 😉
5. It is not worth overdoing the details. The grapes are a bit exaggerated by the amount of detail. But a very easy motif for the hem was a lemon.
6. When sewing flowers, a simple stitch works well, you can then not sew on the edge of the petals, only from the inside, additionally imitating stamens and other things that the flower has inside 😉
The flowers below are additional proof that black in applications looks poor. I wanted to use black as a second color, but it does not look nice and the black thread is rag …
7. I sew all patches with thread 120, only Dobby is sewn with a thread for jeans. And this is the seam around Dobby I like the most.
That’s it. I hope you’ve got enough information to dare to make your own patches that you dream about. If you have any questions – write in the comment 🙂
Have a nice sewing!
PS. I have also recorded videos of how I patch individual applications. I will add them to this post in a week or two, so if you’re curious, I invite you to look into this post soon!