Fabric Patches

At our online workshop, this week, we showed participants  how to design and make their own fabric patches.

Increasing awareness of the polluting nature of the clothing industry means many of us are now aware that one way to reduce our carbon consumption is to buy clothing that is made to last and when it starts to wear out, repair it. 

In the film below, show you how to make cloth patches to make cloth patched to extend the life of your garments. These patches can be used to embellish your clothes in a quirky way with statements that are meaningful to you.  We show you how to design your own patch, how to transfer the design on to fabric, using a variety of techniques, and how to bring your design to life using simple embroidery stitches. All of this can be done with materials that most people will have to hand already.  This activity is suitable for all skill levels if you know how to thread a needle and make running stitches.

Click image above to see 'how to' video

You will need the following for this activity:
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Card (a cereal box or similar will work well)
  • Scissors
  • Fabric- woven light coloured fabrics work best for transferring designs using the technique shown in this video
  • Needle (ideally an embroidery needle or similar) 
  • Embroidery thread (ordinary sewing thread will work as an alternative)
  • Embroidery transfer paper* or heat erasable friction pen* or light-coloured tissue paper*
  • Iron on fusible webbing* or fabric glue*
  • Greaseproof or parchment paper*

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