DIY Patches

A while back I bought this shirt from Goodwill that didn’t fit, but I couldn’t pass it up because it was $1.50 and some of my favorite characters were prancing across the front of it. A couple nights ago I finally got around to doing something with it and decided to make patches out of the design. This project is really similar to the iron-on rib cages I did last Halloween. I chose to do a more tedious version of this but it can definitely be simplified. For example, I cut around the edges of the characters but could have made a big rectangular patch which would require a lot less time cutting and sewing.

What you will need:

  • shirt or fabric with graphic
  • Pellon 805 Wonder-Under Transfer Web
  • scissors
  • iron
  • needle
  • thread

Step 1:

Cut out the design. Make sure you cut bigger than the final patch size. Cut out a piece of transfer paper that is slightly smaller than the piece of fabric. If the transfer paper is bigger than the fabric it will melt onto the surface you’re working on when you iron it.

Step 2:

Place the rough (kind of shiny) side of the transfer paper onto the back side of the fabric and iron it for about 10 seconds. Make sure you thoroughly ironed the whole piece.

Step 3:

Cut out the design. If you’re going to do a rectangle then you want to trim it so that the transfer paper covers the entire back.

Step 4:

Peel the transfer paper off the back of the design. Place the design on desired piece of clothing and iron for 30 seconds. The directions on the Transfer Paper say to put a damp cloth in between your fabric and iron but I never do that step… I’m lazy.

Step 5:

Once the patches are ironed on I like to stitch around the edges of them to make sure they’re secure. The edges will start to peel up if you skip this step. This is another reason to take into consideration how close to the edges you cut the design, the more intricate the design the longer it will take to stitch. I know you can skip the iron on steps and just directly sew a patch onto a piece of clothing but I really prefer when it doesn’t get all weird and bunched up and whatnot.  I’m still new to typing up these DIYs so sorry if it’s kind of hard to follow.

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