How To Design & Sew Your Own Patches for Hoodies

by Kimberly

I’ve been thinking about making my own hoodie for a while now. However, I had no idea where to start. This article will show you how to make your own patch and sew it onto a hoodie using an iron-on patch.

Step 1: Material Requirements

You will need:

A sewing machine capable of sewing with thick materials, such as denim. If you’re not sure what kind of machine you have, ask your local tailor or seamstress to help you figure it out. You can also buy one online that specifically sews thick fabrics like denim!

A thick needle (size 14 or 16) for your sewing machine. You can find them at most fabric shops or online suppliers. Denim scraps from your local thrift store if you don’t have any at home (or know someone who has a lot!)

The patches on hoodies, bombers, and denim jackets have been a big trend. If you want to add a little bit of edge to your style, consider adding some patches to your clothes. You can find patches at most craft stores, or you can make your own.

Step 2: Preparing Your Design

Now that you have a rough idea of what you want your patch to look like, it’s time to take care of some details. If you’re using a computer design program (like Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop), make sure that the file is set up properly. If not, they may not print out the way they should. Use an editing program if necessary and resize any images so that they are big enough for their purpose.

If possible, use iron-on material instead of sew-on patches for your designs because iron-ons will stay intact after being put through the wash several times (sew-ons tend to come off eventually).

Make sure that whatever material you use is high quality because cheap fabric tends to stretch out over time which will distort your design or make it hard to read correctly when applied to clothing items like t-shirts or hoodies!

Step 3: Making Your Patch

The next step is to make your patch. You can use a variety of materials and tools to do this and apply it to the garment in a variety of ways.

Here are some options:

Use fabric paints or markers on plain cotton fabric, then cut it into a shape you like. Cut out shapes from unbleached muslin or other light-color cotton fabrics, then paint them with fabric paints in your desired colors and patterns.

Use heat transfer vinyl (HTV), which comes in many different colors and patterns, to transfer an image onto a piece of black cotton that you’ve ironed onto wax paper. Then sandwich the HTV between two pieces of clear plastic film with holes slightly smaller than its size so that when heated it will shrink down over its design; this method works best if you have access to an ironing machine but can also be done using an iron if needed!

Step 4: Adding The Sewing Points

Use a seam ripper to remove the stitches from the side of your patch that you don’t want to sew down. Next, take a needle and thread and start sewing through both layers at each point where they are pinned together. Make sure you are going through both layers with every stitch so that it will hold well.

You can also use a sewing machine if you own one! Once all of your points have been sewn on, trim away any excess thread or ends that may be sticking out beyond the edge of your patch. Then go ahead and sew up any other loose ends like around corners or inside curves before moving on to step 5!

Step 5: Partially Sealing Your Patch Edges

Now that you have your patch sewn onto your hoodie and have trimmed off the excess fabric, it’s time to seal the edges of your patch. While there are several ways to do this, I recommend using a lighter.

Do not use candles or matches. These will leave burn marks on your patch which can make it look messy and unprofessional when finished!

Do not use a flame from a gas burner either. The heat from these flames is too intense for this project as it can melt both the thread and fabric itself, causing them to unravel quickly in the wash later on down the road.

Step 6: Fully Sealing Your Patch Edges

You can seal your patch edges in a number of ways, depending on the tools you have at your disposal. If you are lucky enough to own a heat gun or clothes steamer, then you can use those for this step. If not, there are still other options available to you:

Using a hot iron will work just fine as well! A sewing machine is another option if you don’t want to spend money on a heat gun or steamer.

And if you really don’t want to buy any additional items for this project (but we wouldn’t blame you), then consider using an old thread spool and wrapping tape around it until it’s stuck together tightly enough that it won’t come undone when heated up from underneath by pressing firmly against both sides with your fingers (or holding down one side with something else heavy).

Step 7: Finishing Up The Patch Edge

You can use a sewing machine or by hand to finish the edge of your patch. Make sure you are using thick enough thread for your machine and that the needles are sharp. If you are sewing by hand, I suggest using a sturdy needle and some embroidery floss in two strands.

Once your edges have been sewn down, take another look at how it’s going to be attached to your hoodie before cutting off excess fabric from around the edges so that when you’re ready to sew it on there won’t be any extra bulkiness underneath where it isn’t needed! Ideally, you want all four sides of the patch to be even with one another so they lay flat when attached properly (as shown above).


Finally – get started on those stitches! Use whatever kind makes sense to you: if you know how many people will be wearing this hoodie then think about how much wear they’ll get out of their designs; if not then just go as big as possible because who knows what could happen? Well, there you have it. We hope that you’ve learned how to make your own custom hoodie and patch!

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