Thinking of a good hobby you can learn, which you can eventually turn into a business? Learn the art of making patches. It is easy to do and it entitles you to come up with a lot of designs you can do, which also enhances your creativity. Here is a step-by-step guide on how you can make patches.
•An embroidery file of your chosen design
•Liquid seam sealant
•Adhesive in sheet form
•Adhesive tear away stabilizer
1.First step, prepare your embroidery hoop. Use your tear away stabilizer in your fabric so that it wouldn’t get creases while the stitching happens. The paper side should be facing up.
2.Cut an area inside the hoop, and make sure that it is bigger than the embroidery design, and it is close to the edge.
3.Peel the paper off carefully in the cut area.
4.Transfer your design into your machine.
5.Set the design in the center of the hoop and press “Go.”
6.The patch design will stitch a perimeter on the back piece, which is the stabilizer. This will show you the exact placement for the fabric you will add into the hoop. To know where to set your fabric, cut out a piece of felt an inch larger than the stitched out area, and set it into place.
7.Once you get the felt attached, secure your fabric down.
8.The embroidery machine will do most of the work from here. Set a new thread every time the machine asks for a new color.
9.Once the sewing is done, detach the fabric from the hoop. Take off the design from the stabilizer. Wait until it’s time for you to trim its edges.
10.Bring your patch to your ironing board. Adjust your iron into cotton setting. Give your design a good press for about 10 seconds.
11.This is when you will witness the embroideries starting to turn into patches. Cut the adhesive sheet in a size that’s smaller than the piece of felt you are working on.
12.Set your patch, with the back facing up and the design facing down on the ironing board. Place the shiny side of the adhesive sheet upside down, and the paper side up, with it on top of the felt.
13.Firmly iron the adhesive sheet to the back of the patch. Do this for one minute on, two minutes off, and another 30 seconds on to set the right amount of hold for it.
14.Set the patch aside and let it cool down. Once it gets cooled down, open your liquid seam sealant and apply it around the outside edges. Let it dry for a few minutes first before going for the second round.
15.Once the liquid sealant dries away, peel off the paper backing from the adhesive and carefully cut it around the edge of the patch. Make sure that you don’t miss a spot in applying the liquid seam sealant.
From here, you can do whatever you want with your patches. Sew them on your clothes, on your bags, throw pillows, or blankets. You can now personalize your things according to your style with your new hobby. You can now also put up your own business and start making patches for your family, friends, and work mates. For more inspiration and ideas, check out the Internet for designs you can download and are safe for copying. There’s just so much you can do with your newly learned skill and just hone it more by making patterns every day.
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