How to Make Embroidered Patches

Embroidered patches have a rich history, one that dates back thousands of years to the origin of thread stitched embellishments on clothing. In recent years there’s been a huge resurgence in the popularity of DIY embroidered patches, with designs often reflecting today’s popular culture and positive themes of empowerment. 

This tutorial will show you how easy it is to make your own embroidered patches, with a downloadable template containing four designs available to get you started.

You Will Need Craft Essentials

 

You Will Need

How to Prepare the Design
  1. Download and print out the embroidery patch template. Press your fabric and cut out four squares approx 8” x 8”.
  2. Using a lightbox or a good light source and a fabric pencil or marker, trace each design onto one piece of the fabric. Set aside three of the four designs and place the first one into the hoop.

Trace

Traced

 

you are loved

You Are Loved Patch

template 2

loved patch 2

1. Start by using a three strand satin stitch to fill in the second heart layer in pink (colour code 205). Next using the lilac floss (colour code 111), three strand satin stitch across the heart, working your way around the letters.

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2. Once you have finished the background, fill in the letters using the black floss (colour code 420). Use four strands to fill in the ‘LOVED’ with a satin stitch and three to fill in the ‘YOU ARE’ with a back stitch. Add an outline around the heart and inbetween the pink and lilac layers using a four strand back stitch in black. Finally satin stitch all around the edge.

loved patch 4

3. Take the embroidery piece out of the hoop, prepare your Heat N Bond by cutting enough to cover the piece. Carefully iron over the Heat N Bond, following the instructions on the packet.

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4. Using sharp fabric scissors, cut out as close to the edge of the stitches as possible. You may need to trim with embroidery scissors for a closer finish.

 

grl pwr

GRL PWR Patch

template 3 copy

grl pwr 2

1. Place the GRL PWR design into the hoop. Using three strands of the yellow floss (colour code 104) fill in the stars with satin stitch, working around the letters. Next, fill in the background with three strands of the pink floss (colour code 205) again with satin stitch.

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2. Once you have completed the background, fill in the letters with four strands of black floss (colour code 420) in a back stitch. Using four strands of the yellow thread, add an outline of back stitch to each star.

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3. Next, using four strands of the orange floss (colour code 108) go around the shape with a back stitch. Then using three strands of the orange floss, finish with a satin stitch around the shape.

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4. Repeat steps 5 and 6 to add the Heat N Bond.

 

good times only

Good Vibes Only Patch

template 1

good vibes 1

Place the Good Vibes Only design into the hoop. For the rainbow, use three strands of each colour and fill using a satin stitch. Rainbow colours – red 119, orange 108, yellow 5165, green 209, indigo 857 and violet 113. Next, fill the top part with the white floss (colour code 967), again using three strands and satin stitch, working around the letters. Fill in the letters using four strands of the violet floss and back stitch.

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2. Using two strands of the white floss, back stitch in between each of the rainbow colours and the white top part.

good vibes 3

3. Next, using four strands of the grey floss (colour code 415) go around the shape with a back stitch. Then using three strands of the grey floss, finish with a satin stitch around the shape.

4. Repeat steps 5 and 6 to add the Heat N Bond.

 

be kind

Be Kind Patch

template4

be kind 1

Place the Be Kind design into the hoop. Start the design by using three strands of the navy floss (colour code 308) to fill in the lettering. Use a combination of satin stitch for the thick parts and backstitch for the thin parts.

be kind 2

be kind 3

Next, using the coral floss (colour code 706) stitch the line of the leaf design, use four strands and a split stitch for this. Fill in each leaf using satin stitch.

be kind 4

Fill the background using three strands of the pink (colour code 903) and satin stitch, carefully working around the lettering and leaf designs.

be kind 5

be kind 6

Next, using four strands of the navy floss go around the shape with a back stitch. Then using three strands of the navy floss, finish with a satin stitch around the shape.

Repeat steps 5 and 6 to add the Heat N Bond.

 

final

How to add  your patches to garments

attach to bag 1

attach to bag 2 copy

  1. Your patches are now ready to be added to the tote bag. Peel off the paper backing and place them onto the surface of the bag, iron them on carefully, pressing for around 10 seconds.

 

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Comments and Discussion

  • Paddy

    “Press your fabric and cut out four squares approx 8” x 8”.”

    But there doesn’t seem to be a mention of the type of fabric you need…. (for us novices who haven’t a clue at all!)

    • Toni Spencer

      Yes it does! If you click on You Will Need, it lists the fabric as Natural Fabric or Calico.

      • Paddy

        Thanks – that wasn’t listed when I looked & made that comment! (it went straight from the floss to the heat n bond).

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