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Hand Embriodery: Make your own Patch

teacher avatar Julia B, Teacher: Embroidery & Macrame

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Lessons in This Class

8 Lessons (53m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Tools and Getting Started

    • 3. Sketch and Transfer Your Design

    • 4. How to: Outline Stitches

    • 5. How to: Filler Stitches

    • 6. Project: Let's Make a Patch

    • 7. Finishing

    • 8. Final Thoughts

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About This Class

Hi and welcome to my class. I am excited to teach you how to hand embroider a patch designed by you! My love of patches probably stems from being in the girl scouts, but today patches are everywhere. In this class I hope you build your confidence and give you the itch to stitch. 

In this class we will go over

  • What tools are needed for embroidery
    • Needle
    • Embroidery Floss
    • Fabric
    • Embroidery Hoop
    • Scissors
    • Fabric glue
    • Transfer paper
    • Tracing paper
    • Drawing Utensils
  • Embroidery floss tips and tricks
  • Sketching and transferring your design
  • Outline stitches
    • Chain stitch
    • Back stitch
    • Stem stitch
  • Filler stitches
    • Weave stitch
    • Satin stitch
    • Burden stitch
  • Incorporating all of these skills to hand make a patch
  • Finishing touches
  • Attaching iron on backing 

I can't wait to see what you make!

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Julia B

Teacher: Embroidery & Macrame


Hi and welcome to my page!

My name is Julia and I love everything crafting and arts. I studied Visual Communication and Design for my minor in college. I have years of experience crafting on my own and as a camp counselor.  My day job is working in Footwear Development, where I get to be creative with the shoes of tomorrow.

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1. Intro: Hey, guys, my name is Julia. And welcome to my skill share class How to make a handmade embroidered patch. We're gonna go through different techniques from drawing and starting your design. Next, Teoh transferring that design onto fabric, followed by then stitching it, going over different sticks techniques from outlines, stitches to filler stitches. And then, by the end of this class, you're gonna have a fully finished and completed patch just like this one right here with awesome iron on sticky back. So it's nice and easy to attach to hat to sure, to a backpack, whatever you want is gonna be a patch made by you. 2. Tools and Getting Started: join me in this next segment, we're going to go over the tools needed and how to begin to start your project for embroidery willing in a few tools. Let's start off with this simple A needle embroidery, floss, scissors, fabric, fabric transfer paper, iron on backing embroidery, glue an embroidery hoop. Uh, those are the main tools that we're going to need for this activity. There will be also some sketching and drawing. So paper pens, pencils, erasers. What you need for that will be helpful. Also, tracing paper can go a long way, and I don't use them for my project. But, um, thimbles air a really great tool to have. These are silicone ones, and it stops you from grabbing the needle with your teeth, which is not a good thing. So before we begin our actual embroider work, we need to thread are needle. And for that we need a sewing needle and then also, um, embroidery flaws. Here I have on a ring just a few different rainbow colors. So I was gonna grab one of these colors. Feeling purple right now is a really easy to store the Reuter reef loss on these little plastic guys you can make him out of cardboard to I just five in big packs. Um, but it just makes organizing everything really easy. And then you don't have it getting all tied up into knots. Just not fun, because that so something to keep in mind. Um, is this threat here is actually multiple strands. Here are six of, um and so you can pull them apart, and, um, different amounts will make a different thickness in your design. Um, I tend to use, like, to for outlining. And then I have two more times I can use to. I use four for thick. Um, generally, I don't go all six. I find a tough time getting it through my needle. Um, and then one would be like, really, really flat work. Ah, the benefit to going a little bit thicker at times is it makes the patch itself a little bit thicker. So it's It's not as flimsy feeling, but going with less. It just gives it more fine detail work. So we're just going to just for this line work, gonna pull to cool views apart. You may feel like it's gonna like tying to and not, but it won't. And then you have for more on reserve that you can use for later. Do you want to make sure that it's not super fuzzy at the tip? I just I use my mouth, get the ends a little bit. What, And pull that through? And you're when I make a not a be in I just ah, wrap it around my finger making X Ana spin and roll it off my finger and then pull. Sometimes it knots and sometimes it doesn't about another try. And there we go little not right there. So that's how we're going to threat her needle. And that will be what we do through the rest of the patch again. You can use different numbers of thread from the embroider flaws to get different thicknesses. Um, right now, we're just doing, too, and we're going to use this to go over outline stitches 3. Sketch and Transfer Your Design: join me in this next segment, we're gonna go over sketching and how to transfer that design onto fabric. Next, we're gonna grab our paper and start doing a design. Ah, with this one, I just did a simple circle design with obviously a peace sign with some rainbow in the background. I find it really helpful to use outlines like this, these stencils to get a good circle. But when it comes to a passion design, you know, just think of cool, simple things, maybe take inspiration from emojis, you know, draw. Oh, alien had Dude some words. You know, just just thinking of things that you want to dio um, honestly for myself. Um, I'm gonna do a circle patch would be this one, actually, a fairly decent size. So two and 1/4 that's how big my patch is gonna be. - So that's actually what I'm drawing here is, uh, symbol from my summer camp, and I've always wanted as a patch, so gonna go for it. So here you can also think a little bit about color. What are you gonna do? What it's gonna look like. So I'm gonna do green in here yellow and some blues for the water. So we're gonna transfer this using, ah, sketch paper, cause then it's easier to then transfer onto the fabric itself. Yeah, that's how we're gonna do next. All right, Now we're just going to trace the design. He's a marker for this, - and then we go, It is traced. Next, we're going to transfer our design onto our fabric, take a piece of fabric and then transfer paper on our design. Gonna take a marker top so I can push really hard and really transfer. Because this stuff is not easy to Dio. - You can see we have it transferred right onto their Now it's time to stitch it. 4. How to: Outline Stitches: join me in this section where you're gonna learn how to do outline, stitches, three different stitches that you will use in your final project. Next center project is doing the outlines. Here we have our embroider hoop with the fabric in it, and I have three different outline stitches. We have our chain stitch are back stitch and the stem stitch, which is kind of hard to see with the red. But it's ah, really cool, rope like pattern. And each of these could be used to outline the designs of your patch. They can also be used as filler, if you want just kind of go back and forth with it. Um, mainly, we're gonna be using him as outlined stitches, and so I'm gonna show you how to do him. So we have our thread already through our needle for the chain stitch. Come up from behind, pull it through, and then right next to where you started, you're going to go down, and then basically, as long as you want Luke to be, you're gonna create a ah and down stitch. You see, as you pull that down. Basically, it creates that cool little loop. So here. I could have stuck a little closer to it. So what? I'm gonna show you again. Sorry for the light right next to where we started. About as far down as you want the loop to be. And you want to make sure that the, um, tale of the string is underneath your needle because that's what catches it to make that cool loop or that chain. And so here you can see to a lot closer. I don't have a little gap that I have up there. We're gonna just keep that going on the ISS, a chain stitch. You're gonna poke it back through there. Sure. And so with this weekend, either tie it off or we can actually just keep going to our next ditch, Which is kind of what I did right over here. Just carried or it over on to the next ditch. And we saw some threads. So I'm going to carry on to the next stitch. All right, So our next such is going to be the back stitch. We're just gonna bake when such forward and then we're gonna come out How long we want the stitch to be. This is great for doing, like, really long straight ones. And then you want to go back through connecting the stitches. I want to keep it a straight as you can. A little wonky here. Um, transferring patterns onto the fabric really helps with keeping your lines nice and straight. But, hey, we're just working on technique. I'm practicing the stitches. - There is a back such So we have our chain stitch are back stitch, and now we're gonna go onto the stem stitch. So I switched to four strands here for the, um, stem sits. Just because it comes out a little bit better that way, pull through, and basically, the needle is gonna go the opposite direction of where the line will end up going. Bring it out. And then you want to make sure that this line here is always down. You'll see what I mean. Come up way. Same thing right where the last one ended and you'll start to see like, that rope pattern. - That's the stem stitch back stitch and the chain stitch. And to finish it off, you know? Well, this down in, you know, in the back here and take her needle, you go underneath one of the stitches hair and there Just pull that stitch. You could do that again if you'd like. Um, whenever you're stitching, you can always carry this piece over to another area you're working on Germany access pieces and those are your outline. Stitches. Next, we'll come back in and we will do our fill our stitches. 5. How to: Filler Stitches: join me in this next segment, we're gonna go over filler Sitges three different filler stitches that you're gonna use to fill in your patch. All right, so we just finished doing our outlines dishes. And now here I have examples of our filler stitch. So we have right here the we've stitch, it's actually woven in and out. We have the satin stitch and actually have it in two different ways. This is one way here, in a different way here, which you can see on the back. The top doesn't use as much thread, whereas the bottom you're bringing the thread all the way around. So it uses it a little bit more, but it creates a little bit of a cleaner look to it. And then this one, which is called the Burden Stitch. And it's kind of like the we've, but it's a little bit cleaner, in my opinion. Um, se up. We're just gonna go through each of these and I'll show you have it done. Alright, so I've picked a green thread for this one. Hopefully it'll show up nice and easy for you. I'm gonna make this actually a little bit wider than when I did, for the example. So you can make sense of what shape we're creating, and I actually have a little bit of a longer thread as well. So I didn't have to keep building it back. So right now we're just making dishes going across like a ladder. When we do this in the patch will have a pattern drawing. So these will be it walked cleaner than what I am viewing right now. Free hand, That's for sure. You want to keep them fairly close together? It just helps eliminate, um, any spaces in between. And again, You can always do more strings. I have three in this one. You could definitely put 45 or you have a needle that allows it go for all six. It makes it go faster. If you do that, go one more. All right. So this is when the weaving begins. I'm gonna start. I was going over. I'm gonna go over this one under this one. I went under, I'm gonna go over under, and I will actually puncturing through the fabric right now. I'm actually just weaving through these pieces and then we end with over in this one I'm actually going to puncture through. That's gonna keep it nice and tight. All right, so we went over, so that's what we're gonna do under I was gonna bring my needle up right underneath. We went under, so we're gonna go over 100. You're gonna keep doing that just the opposite of what you did on the previous line. - So that is the we've stitch early. Quick way two ads and filler. Next, we're gonna go into the satin stitch, which is just switching back in court and first on the show. What saves more thread where you just start on the side that you just put in. So from the satin stitch where it saves threat, we're gonna do it where just keeps wrapping around. And this is also the technique that you use to finish the edge of your patch as well. When you go around the border, the satin stitch like this is how you do it. And I just help stiffen up patch as well. So I'm always coming up and going down in the same spot around the same sides. And when you do, um, the satin stitch, generally you have an outline what you're feeling. And, um, you're coming up just on the outside of the outline and coming down just on the outside of the outline. So the outline actually fills right in here, and that takes care of a lot of the awkward spacing and also helps it look really solid in the design. So as you can see in the back, it comes all the way through and not just uses a little bit more of the, um of the threat if you do that. So next we're gonna do the burden stitch, which is this one right here. And that's actually the stitch that I use is the filler for my peace sign patch. Um, it uses a law thread, but it's a really She's a great stitch. It looks really good. So again, just kind of like the other ones. We're gonna make a ladder, so we're going to start the first such right on the bottom corner, and then you bring it up to the line above it, and then you're gonna go next to it with a little bit of space in between them, cause you're gonna have a filler stitch from the next line I was gonna keep doing that. The closer you have these together, that better they look to. All right. And now we're gonna go to the next lines. Was starting just above that bottom rung stitch. Pull it up and we're gonna come in just below the next one. So bridges over the second room. When you come up, we're going in between in between each of these stitches. Then we go up to the next room. So just above the room, a lawyer to the final room on there you have the burden Stitch burden satin all the way through satin the lazy style and the we've stitch delicious finish. Well, hospital bliss. And there we go. We have our outlines, and we have our filler stitches. Now, sand, just put those together and we'll have ourselves a patch 6. Project: Let's Make a Patch: for me in this next segment where we're gonna put everything together and make a final project a patch design made by and stitched by you. We're gonna take the design and put it on to the hoop. You want to make sure the fabric is really, really tight when you do this and not to the designs. Not too close to the edges of the who You wanna make sure you don't distort the picture as you tighten it way , have it in the hoop and trimming the edges and will begin to outline and then fill it up. I'm gonna use this dark blue in a when outline the start Blue is also going Jenna filling in my, uh, watercolor and trade the rest of the colors swimming do for my sky community yellow for the sun in the green for the grass. And then we'll do this dark blue as the room around the entire piece. I was gonna back stitch all the way around. This is not a stitch that I'm going to see. Doesn't really matter. I'm gonna have stitches going over it and I'm going to back sit around all of us. Each of their colors and we're just going to back stitch her way, Herbie, around the entire circle. I'm going to keep doing this and outlying each of the sections in the colors that they will be filled with. So there we have the outline of the patch and I'm just gonna continue doing outlines. So next I'm going to outline the sun, and then I'm gonna actually do a satin stitch for the sun. So I've just been using the back stitch on my outlining stitch. I find that the, um, stem stitch is really nice for outlining letters you do let her work on your patch. And the chain stitch is just really cool for texture if you want to show your outline but the back stitches really nice if it's gonna be underneath a lot of filler. So the sun is at line, and now I'm just going to satin stitch. - Next , I'm going to do a urgent stitch here for the blue. So I almost completed the wrongs for my burden Stitch. I knew it start situ right over here. I think in straight up. So we've completed the satyr statue in the science and the burden stitch on the water and I think gonna carry over honestly, the burden stitch in the grass. So I've got my lines in place for my burden such and we can actually see a little bit. It looks like in the back it's nice and neat and clean. They'll make it easy for when we put, um, our iron on back. I was gonna keep on with the burden stitch. The room was there, all right? Just finishing. Ah, the lost little bits. Rome match. And there it iss, uh, stitched up. You see it out the back. And now we're just gonna put some fabric glue that that try and cut it out and put our all right and I'm back. 7. Finishing: join me in this next segment, we're gonna finish up our patch from trimming it out to putting an iron on back onto it. All right, so for finishing the back of it, we're gonna use Ah, this fabric glue. I just glued down the edges and it just make sure as well that Ah, it doesn't afraid when we cut it out. So I just do it around, and it's totally fine if you get it on the fabric as well. Sometimes I go over some of the loose pieces over but the other side as well. - It was gonna with the strike. Now that the flu is Dr, we're gonna take it out of the hoop and trim the edges. - I tend to believe just a little bit of fabric around the edges. Even though we put the fabric glue on it, I think it just gives it a nice, finished look to. There you go. You and me patch Ari. So we have our patch, and now we're just going to put a backing on it. You're just gonna put a backing on it, just like I have And this other one I have done, So this is iron on backing and all we're gonna dio is I'm going to cut out a piece the size of this. We're going to iron and on with a medium heat says for about two seconds. Honestly, I tend to go a little bit longer than that. You'll see it as it starts cystic. So we're gonna go ahead and do that. - Next . We're gonna take the part with the glue. Put that face down over the patch and we want to make sure that it's on to the backing of the patch, not the front of it. You wanna be careful when you do this because you don't want to get the glue from the edges onto your ironing board? That's not a good thing. So I tend to use the tip. Just make sure I'm getting in all those nooks and crannies around the edge. Be careful because it will be hot. Now, we're just gonna look that cool off. Then we'll trim the injured edges and peel off the back. Once it's trim in nice and cool, gonna slowly peel off the back. There you go. You're finished. Patch project. Stay tuned for the final thoughts and ah, thanks for joining 8. Final Thoughts: And there you have it. You've completed the class. Thanks for joining me on how to make a hand embroider patch. I really hope you enjoyed the challenge of drawing out your patch design, transferring its and fully stitching it through and finishing up like this one right here, or this one right here. I hope you really enjoy the challenge. I'm really excited to see what it is that you guys made from your designs to your final patch on where you put it. So show me in the projects where you put your patch and what he did with it. Thanks again.