How To Sew Patches on a Custom T-Shirt

Girl with patch designs

Modern people have gotten into the fad of putting patches on their clothes as an expression of art, and even when holes are not present. You can see patches on their caps, pants, skirts and shirts. Patches add accent and personality to your clothing. Sewing patches on different types of clothing and fabric is relatively easy to do and needs only the basic stitch. It is also a very pleasurable and relaxing hobby that simply requires a needle and thread, your chosen patch, and a little creativity and patience. Patches can be manually sewn or machine sewn. Either way, here are the general guidelines.

  1. Purchase a patch from a fabric or craft store, or you may just want to cut a small part from an old shirt having the design you want. Choose a design that will match your shirt.
  2. Place the shirt on a flat surface and prepare the needle and thread. To keep the patch from falling off, you may want to tape it on or use pins all throughout the edges of the patch until you've managed to completely sew it on your shirt.
  3. It is important that your thread has similar colors that will blend well with the patch and the shirt.
  4. If you have purchased a ready-made patch, you will notice that it already has stitches on the edges. That is supposed to guide you where you're going to sew to make it look neater. Now if you have cut a patch from old clothes, sew in the middle of the design to keep it from fraying. Keep a certain amount of distance not so close on the edges.
  5. Start sewing from the inside of the shirt and push the needle through the patch. Keep your stitches small and proportioned to get nicer results. If the patch is too thick for you to sew through it manually, then try using a sewing machine. This will make your sewing a lot easier.
  6. Remember to have only one layer of the shirt when putting the patch and shirt together. There are funny cases when people excitedly want to finish sewing on their patches and wear their custom shirts, but end up sewing the front and back parts of the shirt together. Also do remove the tape or pins between the shirt and the patch when you're done sewing.
  7. If you do need to cover a hole in your favorite shirt, the first thing to do is to carefully tape the hole close to make the fabric flat. Make sure that you leave no holes at all to keep the clothes from warping. Find a patch larger than the hole. If not done accurately, it can damage the whole shirt. Take note that you still want your shirt to look chic and stylish, so you'd better select a pretty darn good patch. Take off the tape when you're finished attaching the patch.

Decorating your own apparel can be fun. It only requires a little bit of imagination.


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