Guide to Using Patches in Sewing

There are a lot of reasons why you might want or need to sew patches on pieces of clothing. One of the main reasons, especially for young ones on why they want patches on their clothes is because it is very cool and adds glam to their fashion styles. Other times, sewing patches are needed if there’s a hole on your clothes that cannot be fixed by simple sewing. A patch can save the piece of clothing. There are also times when a patch is needed to be sewn on uniforms.

Whether they are funky jean patches, sequin patches on tops, or badges that represent teams, schools, or companies, patches are everywhere. There are also different ways of how you can sew them on clothes. If you want to learn about these ways, you’re in the right place. Today, we are giving you a guide to using patches in sewing.

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Where or How to Get Patches

If you are wondering where you could get patches that you can use to fix holes on clothes, keep in mind that patches are also fabric pieces. It means that you can buy some in stores, or cut some from old pieces of clothing. Those that you can buy in stores also come in many colors and textures. You can also get beaded patches and sequined patches. If you are feeling artsy, you can also make an embroidered patch yourself.

You can also check if the garment has a big enough turned under the hem, as you can use that as a patch for a hole. If the piece of clothing has facing, then it might be big enough for you to cut out a bit to sew over a hole. You can also use contrast fabric pieces as patches to bring a certain interesting look to the garment if you like.


Different Ways on Using Patches in Sewing

Here are some of the different ways on how you can sew patches on pieces of clothing:

Handmade Overhand Patch

This patch is sewn from the right side of the garment or on the face of the clothing. If you are patching a thick fabric, you need to use an overhand patch that is thinner to avoid it from popping out.

To do this, you need to cut a hole in a square shape. If there’s an existing hole on the garment, make it into a square. Then, cut out a square piece of fabric, slightly bigger than the hole. Then, press the edges of the patch ¼ inches inside. Keep the patch on top of the hole and do a baste stitch along the edge. After that, turn the garment wrong side out. You will see that the edge of the hole and the patch are together. Do an overcast stitch all over the edge.


Hand-Sewn Set-In Patch

This is a patch placed under the hole, on the wrong side of the garment, and sewn from the underside. First, you need to prepare the hole and trim away the tangled thread on the hole, making it square in shape. Then, make a small ¼ inch slash on all the corners. You will have a ¼ inch edge for the hole sides. After that, turn under these edges and price in place.

Get a square patch that measures a bit more than ¼ inches bigger on all sides. Then, turn under ¼ inch from all edges of the patch to the right side and press. Keep the patch under the hold right side up. You can match prints and stripes, too. Look at the direction of the weave of fibers and try to align the patch if possible. Pin the patch in place or baste it.

From the wrong side of the garment, hem the patch. After that, turn the garment to the right side and hem the hole edge to the patch using slip stitches.

Attach Patches with Running Stitch

You can also choose to attach patches with a running stitch. This is applicable if you have a ready-made patch, as it’s the easiest way to attach it to a garment. You need to temporarily attach the patch first using fabric glue. After that, sew along the border of the patch using a thread matching the patch or garment.

Appliqued Patch

This is done by hand or by using a machine. The patch is appliqued on the face of the garment. Hand sewn blanket stitch is used when doing it by hand. If you choose to use a sewing machine, you can choose to use closely packed zig zag stitches around the edges of the patch.

Reversed Appliqued Patch

This refers to applique done by keeping the patch on the back of the hole. You will stitch around the edge of the hole to attach the patch. The hole should be cut in the shape of the design. In this method, satin stitches are usually used. You can also use a topstitching thread to make the patch look better.

Using a Felt Patch

Felt patches are pieces of felt in a matching color or contrasting color to the garment. To attach it to a garment, you need to place it on top of the clothing and match the warp threads of both the patch and the garment, then baste. You can use blanket stitches or buttonhole stitches to make it look more stylish. The advantage of using a felt patch is that its edges do not fray.

Iron-On Patches

If you are looking for an easy and fast way to attach patches on clothes, you can look for iron-on patches. They are attached to pieces of clothing by applying heat on them. They have sticky back parts that are activated when the heat is applied.

All you need to do is place the patch where you want it to be, spray a little water on its back, and put a piece of pressing cloth on top of the patch. Then, use the hot iron to press evenly on the patch for about 20 to 30 seconds. Make sure that the temperature of your iron is set for the specific piece of clothing you are ironing.

Iron-on patches should not be used inelastic fabrics, leather, and nylon fabrics, as these materials can be damaged by heat.

These are the different ways on how you can use patches in sewing. They can be for fixing holes, for adding style and designs, or for putting badges of sports teams, schools, and companies on uniforms. We hope the information we shared here helped you in knowing about the different ways on how to attach patches on pieces of clothing.