How to Sew on Your Custom Embroidered Patches: Tips and Tricks

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Custom embroidered patches are an excellent way to advertise your business, support a cause or group, and show off your hobbies.

You can sew them on jackets, backpacks, clothing items such as t-shirts and hats; even if you have a car!

They’re also great for personalizing clothes with the name of someone special.

Custom embroidered patches are made from cloth that is usually stitched onto something else in order to decorate it. Patches can be sewed on virtually any flat surface using a needle and thread or a sewing machine. This article will teach you how to sew on custom embroidered patches with tips and tricks included! 

Materials needed to sew on custom embroidered patches

The first step to sewing on custom embroidered patches is by completing all materials needed to do the job. Here are some of them:

Embroidery needle

The embroidery needle that you are going to use is the one with a sharp point. This type of needle will have an eye and it can be either round or oval-shaped. The size of the needle should depend on the type of fabric you’re putting the patch on. If you’re working with heavy fabric such as denim, it’s better to use heavier needles.

A thread

The thread that you will use in the sewing process is either transparent or a colour that matches your patch.

Aida cloth or other fabric

Prepare the Aida cloth or other fabric which you’ll o sew on the custom embroidered patches

Sewing Pins

The sewing pins that you will use are the ones with a head on one side and pointed edges.

The points of these needles have to be quite long for them to go through the fabric, so it helps in preventing fraying when sewing patches onto fabrics.

Tailor’s scissors

The tailor’s script is the one that will help you to measure and cut out a piece of fabric for your embroidery patch.

When using this, it’s important to remember not to stretch the material when measuring so as not to distort size or shape

Iron  and ironing board

An iron is needed to press the patch on your garment’s fabric. The heat from an electric iron will help in melting and blending fibres together of the two fabrics which you are sewing.

This process will make it easier for a needle to go through both pieces of material with ease. It also helps to straighten out any wrinkles.

Embroidery hoop or frame (optional)

The embroidery hoop or frame will help to keep the fabric taut and flat. It’s important for both fabrics not to be wrinkled when sewing on a patch so that it looks clean and professional. You can use this tool as well if you are using a machine instead of hand stitching because the tension is increased by turning.

Custom embroidered patches of your own choosing

There are many ways to make your own patches. You can get a custom embroidered patches from an online store, or if you’re feeling ambitious, there’s always the option of making one yourself! 

Steps to Sew on Your Custom embroidered patches

There are many ways to sew on your custom patches. Here are some of them:

  1. Keep the receiving clothing clean, washed, dry and iron.
  2. Find the right material and thread colours.  You’re going to want a few different colours of thread depending on what you are embroidering.
  3. Then, attach the patch with pins or by sewing it in place if it is washable and easy to sew onto other materials; otherwise, just use adhesive spray for non-washables.
  4. When you thread the embroidery needle, it’s advisable to use a single thread and double thread. The double thread is advisable for sewing on thicker fabric. Knot and secure the end of the thread.
  5. Keep the patch in place with your thumb and forefinger. Hold the patch on the front and underneath.
  6. Starting on the underside of the fabric, carefully push the needle into the fabric. Push the fabric up through the patch about 1/8 inch from the outer edge. Use a thimble to protect your thumb as the needle comes through the fabric and patch.
  7. Next, choose your stitch type! There are many stitches you can choose from.  But the most common are running stitch and backstitch.  Use any of these stitches while your continuously stitching along the edge of the patch.

To sew with a running stitch, start at one side of the patch and insert your needle into the fabric about two inches away from where you started. Pull it through to make an overhand knot if desired then bring that same thread needle back about one inch from the starting point.

To sew with a backstitch, start at one side of the patch and make an overhand knot if desired, then bring that needle through to just above where you started in your first stitch so it is on top of the fabric. Remember to bring your other thread up close but not too tight.

  1. Once you’ve successfully sewed the patch on the fabric, you can then snip off a 15-20 inch length of thread. 
  2. You’re almost done – the last thing to do is take two pieces of thread or sewing string and tie them together with an overhand knot as close to the end of the thread as possible. Remember to do it on the underside of the fabric. Did you just run out of thread? All you need to do is tie off the first thread, and start again with a new thread.

Ready to sew your own custom patches Australia?

If you’re ready to get your own custom patches and sew them to your favourite fabric, all you need to do is send us a message. You can also visit our store for awesome patch styles.

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