Update: I’ve been informed that this post in its original form contains several conspicuous errors and misinterpretations of historical fact. Deepest apologies to those whose research I’ve mischaracterised - serves me right for posting off the top of my head. Watch this space for a revised and corrected (though hopefully no less absurd) version, once I’ve had the opportunity to pull my head out of my arse and properly follow up on the half-remembered sources that informed the original post.
1. First of all, find the picture that you are going to be using for your patch. I highly suggest that you start with simple designs, such as band logos and leave the album covers for now. The proccess is more straightforward if you just choose to stitch some letters instead of a damn album cover. I choose Megadeth’s logo to put it on my boring black guitar strap.
Note that the patches that you are going to make will be getting better with time. This is the third one I ever made. The other two were way too embarassing to upload.
2. Draw the image/logo on your paper, or print it out if you want a more professional result. Then, cut out the letters with your scissors.
3. Place your letters on the fabric of your choosing and line them up. Draw a line with your pencil on the fabric and place them on top in order to keep them in line. If you are having a hard time keeping them in place, tape them down with small pieces of tape.
4. Now, use the letters as a stencil and draw the outlines of their shapes with the bar of soap. Start from the inside, and then move to the outside of the shape, trying to get as little soap under the paper as possible. We are using soap because this is the only way to draw on fabric without leaving strains behind. The soap will stay in place long enough for you to finish the craft, unless you touch it with sweaty hands!
5. Now, place the fabric inside your hoop, and stretch it out well with your fingers. Tighten the screw of the hoop as tightly as you can, and then tug the fabric around the hoop in order to keep is as stretched as possible. My embroidery thread is made out of 8 different little threads and it is way too thick for the details of my design. This is why I separated it in half and rolled the other 4 strings around a piece of paper. These will be used when I will run out of string.
6. As you can see here, I have already started stitching my design carefully around the guiding lines of the soap. Start with a double knot at the end of your thread. Pierce the fabric from underneath and pull the thread through the hole. When you can feel the knot lightly tugging from the other side of the fabric, pierce the fabric again with your needle and pull it all the way down to make your first stitch.
7. Now, mesaure approximately the size of your previous stitch and leave a gap of the same size between your next stitch and your last. Go through the fabric with your needle and return back to the end of your last stitch as shown in the pictures above. Then pull the needle and the thread under the fabric…
8. …and continue doing the same thing over and over again! Once more, leave a gap equal to the size of your stitch between the needle and your latest stitch, and continue the process as instructed above. Once you get the hang of it, you will be finishing patches in no time. Blast some sweet tunes as you stitch to pass your time. Open a beer, make a drink, dunno. Call your friend to make them together, whatever. Open a skype call and chat with your buddy. :3
When you ran out of thread, make sure to tie a knot at the end. It is essential that the knot is placed under the fabric and not on the visible side of your design. You really don’t want it to be visible!
9. When you have finally finished stitching your design, use your pencil and ruler to make an outline. Cut it out, and leave a finger’s gap between where you cut and the outline you just made. This will be used as seam allowance.
10. Now, fold your seam allowance under your design and use pins to hold it in place. Iron your design is you feel that the fabric doesn’t sit flat. Do the same stitching that I showed you before, all around your new patch. This will secure the seam allowance in place and give it a clean finish. The thread had better be of matching colour to your fabric, since we don’t want it to be visible.
11. Final step! Now, pin down the patch anywhere you want it to be. Using your thread, do the same stitch once more around the patch to keep it in place on your vest/bag/t-shirt. You could use a colour-matching thread, but I prefer to leave a border around it. Apply decoupage clue on the back of your patch, in the areas where seams are visible. We are doing this to secure the last stitches of your patch.
So, that’s it!
Thank you for following along this tutorial, and I hope that it has been helpful! Have you tried making any of my DIYs? Feel free to send in a picture of your creations!
September 13, 2017 || Princess Madeleine attended the Invisibility Project Seminar “When Life Does Not Go According to Plan” hosted by her patronage, Min Stora Dag (My Big Day). The Invisibility Project aims to support children with Autism and ADHD.