How To Hand Make a Patch

How To Hand Make a Patch

Whhaaaaaaatup! What up guys. So today i’m going to show you how to hand stitch a patch.

So get your embroidery backing, cloth (fabric), and your image, along with hoop and your embroidery floss. next put your image under the backing and begin to trace it. I want the reverse image of [my drawing] so what I did is I flipped the backing around and put my cloth on top.

Now take your hoop. Place the smaller one underneath and begin to loosen the top one. you’ll want it loose enough so you can place it over the cloth and the smaller hoop. Now pull on the edges of the cloth so it gets tight like a drum. I started with yellow because that will be the majority of the patch’s color. You can turn on the light on on your phone and put that underneath so you can see where your image is.

your going to make your fist stitch from the bottom, tie a knot at the end of your string, and then come back on top. I like to start where the very top of the yellow will be and work my way down from there with a bunch of horizontal stitches. Just line by line, starting from right coming up from the back then coming in from the top on the left side.

I found that things ran a whole lot smoother if you cut of your excess string from that very first stitch you made.

If you run out of string or you are done with your first color, You’re going to cut it and your going to split that sting in to two separate [stands] its made out of 6 lil strings so its going to be 3 and 3. you take one of the 3/s and sew it under the last stitch you made. and then proceed to make a square knot. left over right and right over left. And again cut off any extra string.

So to do the next colors just do like you did the first. tie a knot at the end of your sting and come in through the back and just layer it on there top to bottom. So rather than going horizontal for lines, on the crust i did vertical ones. Just to change things up.

once you get all your colors finished your going to add in your lines. you start this like any other. to fill in the line in this patch what you are going to do is your going to come from the back a little bit ahead of where you want your line to end then go down through the front where you want it to start. and your just going g to keep on doing this over and over again till you have all those lines filled in.

Once you get that done remove your hoops. you can now tear away that backing. this is where i messed up i shouldn’t cut it out yet. i should actually add first your iron on adhesive. but its still going to work. cut out piece of your heat bond roughly the size of your patch.the heat bond has a rough side and a smooth side. your going to place the rough side against the back of your patch. i put a piece of cloth over my patch to protect my iron from the places that i accidentally out out. when ironing on your heat bond. be sure to get all the creases and the front and the back. here i took off the cloth that i had on top that was protecting my iron. but after you have your heat bond your going to want to cut out your patch. your going to want to get pretty close. about 1/8″ of cloth around the entire patch. You can remove the wax paper from the heat bond.

Next add a little bit of glue to stop it from fraying. add a dab of glue around the entire edge of the patch. once its dry you are ready for the last step: adding the outside line.

start from the back and pull up. where you think you would go back around and come up again from the back, you don’t. you are going to make the next stitch from the top going down. any extra sting you have from the first stitch you can sew right around it, covering it up. mine was pretty long, so i did end up cutting it off.

now you’re going to want to work your way around the entire patching. working side by side. making things as close as possible, that way no cloth underneath will be shown.

you end it just like any other one. split it in half. 3 and 3. take one of those, sew it through and tie a square knot. cut off any excess and vuala you have your patch. place it where you was it and your done! Looks good!

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21 thoughts on “How To Hand Make a Patch

  1. I noticed that in your video you used the Heat n Bond ultra hold for the backing of your patch but in the link below it leads to a peel off one. Is there a difference between the two or should we use the same technique?

  2. I tried to make some patches for a denim jacket using heat n bond uktra hold. When I iron it on, the heat n bond melts and just leaves a wet spot on the denim? And the patch falls off. No idea what I'm doing wrong

  3. Does anyone have any tips for threading embroidery thread? It was such a pain trying to get it in to the eye of my needle because the strands. I twisted it, wetted the end, cut it clean, to no avail and much frustration.

  4. I’m definitely not a furry wanting to learn this so I can make custom eyes for a kigu-

  5. You can also separate the embroidery thread into 2 or 3, it's a bit easier to thread into the needle and makes the patch a bit less chunky and I find it easier to sew that way.

  6. I’m making a patch rn but I’m not sure which type of glue would be the best to use to secure the edges? I don’t have fabric glue so I was thinking pva or hot glue? This video was very helpful otherwise!! 🙂

  7. I don't have "backing" or stabilizer" that people keep saying I need. Can I use paper??? Please help

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