How to Make a Punch Needle Llama Jacket Patch
Punch needle embroidery speeds up the process of traditional hand embroidery and offers a textured effect that works brilliantly for this fluffy llama jacket patch! Read the tutorial below by Debbie von Grabler-Crozier, who combines this technique with the Cricut iron on vinyl in order to create a giant, sassy back patch for a denim jacket. This would make a perfect gift!
30cm sq. denim (I am using Indigo Shadow by The Denim Studio for Art Gallery Fabrics)
1. Begin by drawing the circle and the llama onto the reverse side of your fabric.
Top tip! this technique is actually all worked onto the back of the fabric. The exception to this is the saddle.
2. Use the manufacturer’s instructions to load the embroidery needle with soft apricot and using a stabbing motion, embroider the llama body.
Top tip! I used the needle on setting 4 for this so that the body would be woolly and contrast nicely in texture with the saddle.
3. Swap to sewing the needle and use a straight stitch to embroider the face and feet next with the same coloured yarn.
Top tip! Work these stitches from the front.
4. Back to the Clover needle again and working from the front this time so that the texture is different; change the setting to 5 and do the saddle next in stripes of lemon, fuchsia and turquoise.
5. With the hand sewing needle, make a halter with long straight stitches in three strands of black embroidery thread.
6. Also with two strands of embroidery thread but purple this time, make some fringing on the saddle.
Top tip! this is a simple procedure of sewing the thread through at the bottom of the saddle and then tying it. Trim the tassels to about 2cm.
7. Cut the letters to form the words ‘no drama llama!’ using the purple glitter iron on foil and the alphabet die. Arrange them onto your patch within the circle with ‘no drama’ at the top and ‘llama!’underneath.
Top tip! take some time to arrange the letters and overlap them so that they have a cursive look. Ensure that they echo the circle rather than being too straight.
8. From the S320 interfacing, cut a disk using the template and fuse it to the back of the patch so that it is directly inside the circle.
Top tip! the glue on the back of the interfacing will help to secure your threads.
9. Cut the patch out allowing a good margin (about 2.5cm) all around. Notch the edge of the fabric not quite to the edge of the interfacing. Fold the fabric over the interfaced circle and press.
Top tip! A dab of fabric glue will help to keep the raw edge where it should be.
10. You can now attach your patch to clothing or a bag using either an invisible hand stitch or a decorative machine stitch.