Step 4: Create a Backing

This step is optional as well, but gives a nice finished look to your patch.
Cut a rectangle of your backing fabric with about a 3/8" border seam allowance all around your patch. Press in a 1/4" fold on all sides. Trim the corners at a 45 degree angle passing through the intersection of the two ironed creases. Iron in another 1/4" fold, turning under the first fold you made. Press in the corners so that the edge of the crease intersects the new corner intersecting folds, then press in the sides again. You should end up with nice mitered corners. Place the patch inside this frame and topstitch around all edges for a nice complete patch.
What fabric did you stitch onto? I could have missed it in the instructable.
<p>looks like dyed or already black jeans</p>
Great instructable, you've given me some good ideas. To add to what rusty said, if you have Photoshop elements, there is no "create path" command. Instead you would use Edit/Stroke after using the magic selector tool. You could also create a stamp of an image first, using the tools Filter / Sketch / Stamp -- although it would not be as smooth. But this method would permit creating images from photos of faces, for example, which could be quite interesting. Yeeks, too bad I need to get back to work!
I've always wanted to learn how to make patches. This Instructable not only explains this specific technique, but includes enough extra links to pick up the basics. Lots of reading material here. Thank you for this content! :)
If you are looking for a way to trace from an image that is mostly solid colors, you could use the magic select in The GIMP or Photoshop, then use the function 'create path from selection, which will create a 'path' that follows the border of what you selected. Now create a new layer with a solid white background, then use the function 'stroke path' use a 2 or 4 pixel wide black pencil, to 'draw' the path onto this layer. Print the layer. Then you can use a light table for white/translucent fabrics, or the chalk / crayon (or even correction tape paper) technique to transfer onto other fabrics. Looks good by the way. As an observation, you could use a technique like this to embroider in several colors, The original image includes a drop shadow which you could emulate by adding a quarter to half an inch of a different shade along the right and lower edge of everything you did embroider. Just thoughts.
Awesome, thanks for the tips!
Another tool one might use to transfer the design to the fabric is a glass cutter. It need not be sharp and does a good job especially on long, sweeping curves. Keep up the good work.
Beautifully done! You have made embroidery so modern!
I like to make very tiny "x"'s when stitching computer graphics. I think it is called a crossstitch. Heres some pics of a hackaday one that i started, but never quite finished. What do you think?
Excellent! Looks fantastic. Cross stitch is another technique that translates very well from the computer to needlework. You can use pixel fonts to design text layouts, and photoshop to reduce the resolution of an image to make it cross-stitchable.
It's not as low budget, but you could probably use the pre-chalked paper that is used to transfer sewing patterns to fabric instead of rolling your own. This would be less messy, since the pre-chalked stuff doesn't come off as easily.
nice instructable. i gotta order some embroidery hoops.
You should try looking at Goodwill before you order any. Thrift stores almost always have a ton of embroidery hoops, and they're really cheap.
my local one has a rubber,maid container full of them.
Great job, I've been wanting to see an Instructable quite like this for some time, great job! +1 rating. +1 vote.
Nice technique! and very well explained. I had honestly never thought of making my own patches but as I'm making a new backpack now I'll have a place to put patches so I may just use this.

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