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How to embroider a patch

 This article is brought to you by Lizzsews.

Patches are probably one of the most important projects that all embroiderers should know how to do. But they are also one of the most overlooked projects by embroiderers!

Me? Oh, I’m guilty of this too! I actually just recently learned how to make patches! Here I will share the ‘how to’ that I ended up with. After much trial and error of what worked and what didn’t as well as what materials to use. I present you with my final copy of, how to embroider a patch!

What you will need:

The steps:

-Start by tightly hooping your tear-away stabilizer. 

Recommended read: How to hoop fabric for machine embroidery

Recommended read: What is tear away stabilizer

-Cut the twill to about 4.5” x 4.5”, you want this to be bigger than the patch box so that it can stay secure in the hoop. 

-Place the twill in the center of the hoop, use the button before embroidery that shows you where the needle will go to ensure that the twill is in place.  Stitch out the patch box design. Use the same thread colour as your twill colour. 

Recommended read: How to preview where your embroidery design will stitch out

Recommended: Patch box file

-Get your design ready and start stitching it out, ensure that it has a satin stitch edging. 

-Tear away the stabilizer and clean up the threads on the front of the patch if needed. Optional: clean up the threads on the back too. 

Recommended read: How to cut those pesky jump stitches when machine embroidering

-Cut your thermal adhesive film to a square just bigger than the size of your patch (or the same size as the twill box). 

-With the paper side facing up and away from the patch, iron the thermal adhesive film to the patch. Take your time here and ensure that it gets ironed on well. Keep the paper on for now, do not peel it off yet. 

DO NOT place the adhesive film with the paper side facing the patch. 

-Get your hot knife ready, place on the tip and let it heat up. I prefer a sharp cutting tip. 

-Cut out the patch, going as close to the edge as possible. Make sure to smooth out the edges using the tip. Clean off the tip every once in a while, with some paper towel to eliminate gunk. 

Do keep in mind when choosing your patch design that circles are the easiest. The more edges, the more difficult when soldering. 

-It is very important that you smooth out the edges (as said in the previous step). Now peel off the paper, if you sealed the edges enough and ironed well, the adhesive film should stay on. 

-Congrats, your patch is complete! 

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