How to Make Machine Embroidered Patches without an Embroidery Machine

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Ever wanted to make an embroidered patch? Don't have an embroidery machine? No problem! In this instructable, I will show you how to make basic patches with my 10 year-old sewing machine.

In case you were curious as to what these were for, I am making a BLU Sniper costume from Team Fortress 2.

This is my first instructable, so any concrit you have would be appreciated =]
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Step 1: Supplies

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To make patches, you will need the following:

-a sewing machine that can do satin stitch
-a base fabric
-fusible interfacing
-a pencil
-a light box of some kind
-if you have one, an embroidery hoop (I didn't have one, but you might need one if you are doing wider stitching)

Step 2: Prepare Your Base Fabric, part 1

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If you chose a lighter-weight fabric for your base fabric, you are going to need to interface it in order for it to keep its body and shape.


Heat up your iron to the setting that is appropriate for the fabric you are using. In this case, wool, I set my iron to 5.


Fabric always looks better when it's not wrinkly. (In case you couldn't tell, this is a pet peeve of mine ;) )

Step 3: Prepare Your Base Fabric, part 2

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Okay, now you lay your fabric on top of the fusible interfacing and go over it with the iron in a couple of strokes.

Then flip it over and do another pass with the iron. If you have excess interfacing sticking out, it will probably stick to your ironing board, but that's not a big deal. Just peel it off.

Step 4: Setup to Trace Your Design

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Take your design and put it under your interfaced fabric. Tape it to a light box of some description or a window with light coming through it.

Step 5: Trace Your Design

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Trace your design with a pencil or other washable marking device. I used a compass because my design is mostly circles.
viccro2 years ago
How do you keep the patches from furling? I sewed two layers of canvas together, following your directions, but it came out a tad wonky. I'm not sure if the tension was off (it looks fine?) and it stretched a bit, or...something else? Have you had that problem?
Icetigris (author)  viccro2 years ago
You may need to use a hoop to keep your tension even throughout your design. It could also be that your second layer of canvas moved while you were sewing and that messed up your tension. If you aren't using a hoop, you need to make sure your interfacing or stabilizer is stuck to the back of your fabric so it doesn't move around.
Nelyan3 years ago
Or, if you are afraid of ruining your screen, measure the rings (in this case) and draw them based on the measurements.
Or draw most of the outlines VERY lightly with a soft pencil.
(I almost made a permanent my little pony in my 20" screen ^^''')
Jollyshi4 years ago
Is this all there is to hear about using a non embroidery machine for embroidery? : (
Icetigris (author)  Jollyshi4 years ago
What do you mean?
Jollyshi4 years ago
A note might want to be added about compasses: Don't poke a hole if you're using a soft (ish) laptop computer screen. Muffed up screens can be disastrous. Just a note of caution.
red-king5 years ago
good job on the sniper patches!
Spycrab6 years ago
Nice tutorial man! Being the Portal geek that I am, I would say "This was a triumph", but I'm going as Soldier this year, so I say, "You deserve a medal" =)