When we were pre-teens, we used to watch teen movies from the 1980s and admire the heck out of the fashion we saw in the films. Besides the big hair, one of our very favourite trends were the awesomely distressed and customized denim jackets we saw. We loved the styles and the creative ways people found to add colour, but we mostly loved the way that distressed denim jackets featuring things like patches were worn by both guys and girls. No matter who you were, you could show your support for the people, bands, politics, or things you supported and liked by sewing or ironing patches onto your favourite jacket! We’ve gone on loving the idea of patches ever since those years of weekend movies, so imagine our excitement this season when distressed and customized jackets started coming backn into style! That’s how we found ourselves looking up different ways to make homemade patches. Sure, we could buy them in stores (particularly since they’re so in style right now), but we’ve always found making things ourselves a little more gratifying. Besides, making your own means you can create any picture or design you please!
Just in case you’d like to try your hand at making DIY patches in the custom designs you’d like most as well, check out these 15 designs, ideas, guides, and tutorials that will help you make it happen.
1. DIY embroidered patches
There are plenty of ways to make patches happen, even if you’re working towards a design that’s completely custom and not already pre-existing so that it can be traced or copied. If you’d like to keep your patches as close to the authentic, old fashioned kind you loved seeing in those old movies, however, then we’d suggest making yours by doing a little bit of hand embroidery! Larissa D’Sa guides you through the whole process in a way that’s so easy you’ll be able to recreate the process even if you’re a beginner at needlework based crafts.
2. Embroidered gemstone patches
Perhaps you’re actually already familiar with the techniques involved in hand embroidering and you’re not intimidated by the idea if making it from scratch at all but you could use some help when it comes to design suggestions? Well, jewel tones have been trendy recently in the world of colour in fashion, so we were pretty obsessed with Brooklyn Craft Company‘s idea for harnessing those shades in the shape of actual gemstone patches. Check out their tutorial to see how they created differently shaped gems!
3. DIY Tumblr inspired patches
We’ll fully admit that we’re not exactly the most “with it” or “in the know” when it comes to all things social media, but we do love a good shaped sticker and emoji, so we were absolutely enthusiastic when we stumbled upon this fantastic tutorial by JENeration DIY for creating all kinds of simple graphic Tumblr inspired patches! They show you how to base your designs off the cute little gifs and stickers you find on your computer and make them for yourself so you can affix them as a patch to whatever you please.
4. Funky DIY patch dress
Perhaps you’ve actually already got a collection of patches but now you can’t help feeling like you could use some guidance when it comes to where you should put them or what to do with them? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how The ArtGorgeous arranged their patches all over a cute denim dress that they already knew they liked the fit and style of, customizing things in a way that adds a whole lot of colour and personality.