The nineties are back! Fashion is adopting one of the colorful, versatile and top trends on the 90s list, patches! You’ve probably seen them on shoes, coats, trousers, and backpacks and wished to own such a fashion statement.
Well, the good news is, it doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. You can make your own patchwork from the comfort of your home with the following steps:
Get Materials Ready
Be sure to get everything you will require for your patchwork. They include:
- Picture of your choice
- Light colored pen or pencil
- Sewing machine (optional)
- Peel n Stick Fabric fuse
Choose Your Design
When it comes to choosing your artwork, simplicity carries the day. The more intricate the design, the more work and time will be required and the end product may not look as good. Be sure to customize it to suit your personality.
You should also consider a colorful design that will stand out. The size of your design also plays an important role to achieve perfection. It should be not too large or too small so as to achieve the required effect.
Once you have all the requirements ready, feel free to choose the best method that works for you. There are three different methods,
The Inkjet Printer Method
It is the easiest method if you have a printer at home. You can use hand-drawn images uploaded to your computer or get one off the internet. Edit to resize the image in inches or centimeters till you are satisfied with the size.
You can then go ahead and print out the image on the transfer sheets and let it dry completely. Once dried, get a thick fabric preferably with a neutral color but not limited to white or tan. Place the image face down on the fabric; the back of the transfer sheet should face you. Keep in mind the time and required temperature to achieve the best results.
When the image is transferred, place the iron on the inkjet transfer sheet and make small circular motions ensuring you cover all the edges. Use the hottest function suitable for the particular fabric while ensuring the steam function is off. Ironing time ranges between 1-1.5 minutes. After removing heat, do not remove the paper immediately. Let it sit for about two minutes then peel it off from the fabric.
You can now cut out the patch using scissors and place it on the sticky side of the peel n stick fuse paper with the design facing you. Press it firmly using your fingers from the middle outwards to avoid formation of bubbles. Once satisfied, cut out the design and remove the sticky paper.
Carefully place the cut out design on the desired section of your clothing and gently massage it firmly especially the edges. Just like that and you have your own iron on fashion statement.
If you have a sewing machine it will come in handy with this method. Select your design and trace it onto a thick fabric. If you are a beginner, avoid designs with complicated line work or details until you master the technique.
Then adjust your sewing machine to zigzag stitch and the length to 0 and width to 2 for nice, thick and bold lines. This allows for quick and easy patchwork. Patience is a requirement when it comes to this method since you have to work with much precision to avoid tangling of the thread.
Choose a starting point and sew around your traced lines making sure to pivot the needle as you go. Once you are satisfied with your work, trim off excess the edges of your patch work. You can also cut it into different shapes.
You can then go ahead and transfer the patchwork using the peel and stick fuse paper and iron using the same steps explained above.
Hand Embroidery Method
You need to be well conversant with embroidery to achieve the best patchwork with this method. There are a lot of videos on YouTube on hand embroidery you can make use of. For this method specifically, you will require;
- Embroidery hoop
- Embroidery floss or thread to match your artwork.
- Embroidery needle
You should consider artwork with little detail; consider pictures with bright and vibrant colors. Transfer your selected image onto a fabric using a light colored pen or pencil. You can also place the fabric against a window to easily trace the picture.
With the use of the embroidery loop, secure the fabric and tighten the screw at the bottom. A loose fabric will tamper with precision. With the embroidery floss and needle, start with basic stitches until the design is covered.
Once complete, make sure to tie knots and cut off excess thread for a clean patch work. After you are satisfied, cut around the edges of your design and stick it to the peel n stick fuse paper. With this method, stick the back of your patch and not the side with your picture while using firm pressure.
You can now trim off excess sections and your patch is ready to iron onto your jacket, backpack or whatever you choose and voila!
You need to care for the patch for longevity and you can do so by, sewing in the edges using a thread that matches the fabric to reduce chances of the patch falling off. It is also advisable to avoid washing the patch too often and if need be, then hand wash using cold water and allow to air dry.
Life isn’t just about being trendy but also about fun, and that is what patches bring. It is both a simple and creative way to be in sync with your own fashion statement without breaking the bank.
And the most fun part of it, kids can participate by drawing their own designs which you can then convert into custom made patchwork on their jackets or backpacks. Patches are also a great way to hide damaged or torn spots on your clothes.
There you have it, go ahead and put your creativity and fashion sense to test and remember to have fun while at it.