6 Steps to Sew on A Patch

The reason for sewing on a patch to clothing can be for decorative purposes or for merely patching a hole. Whatever the reason it may be for, the same rules would apply for sewing on a patch with a sewing machine. This walk-through will take you on a step by step basis on how to complete the task of patching up your favorite jacket or the quilt that your grandmother personally made for you.

The most important thing is that you have all the essentials for carrying out the labor before you do the actual work.

The Things That You Would Need Are:

1. A patch of cloth which resembles or matches the fabric that you are going to patch.

2. A pair of scissors.

3. The right colored thread.

4. A good sewing machine.

Now after that is done, let’s get on with the chore with a gradual progression of steps.


A patch can be purchased from the store especially if you want to sew it for decorative purposes. If not, you could always find a patch to sew on from old fabrics. It is important to remember that you get a patch that does not stand out if the purpose of your sewing on a patch is for covering a hole. The idea is to camouflage it so that the new fabric can blend into the fabric. Do make sure that the size of the patch is not the same as the size of the hole in the material. Make sure that the patch is slightly larger so that the stitches are set in the fabric as well as the patch thoroughly.


The next step involves in prepping the damaged area. If it is a hole that you are sewing the patch on, then it is essential that you nick any frayed edges. These edges will come in the way during the process of sewing on the patch and often, this avoids getting the proper stitches in the borders of the patch. Also, do try to even out the edges of the hole to make the transition of patching the fabric as smooth as possible.


This is a no-brainer, but this is also one of the steps where most beginners fail. Before you start sewing on the patch, it is imperative that you turn the cloth inside-out always. This hides the patch and stating the obvious, fixes the damage as well.


After turning the fabric inside out, one can use pins to secure the patch over the hole. It is quite risky to start sewing on it immediately as the patch may not cover the hole completely. So make sure that the edges of the patch are covering the hole and that there is an ample amount of border for proper stitches. Since the fabric is inside out, the patch should be facing down as well. Some people prefer using fabric glue or a double-sided tape instead of pins to lock in the patch.


If you cannot find the right thread for the patch, you can opt for the invisible thread instead. It is the safest bet as the wrong colored thread can make the patchwork obnoxious and visible. After the business of choosing the thread, the next step is to thread the sewing machine. The type of thread will depend on the kind of cloth that you are sewing on, so make sure that you increase the thickness of yarn while threading the sewing machine.


The patch should be sewed on using straight stitches. To make your work easier, always get a patch that is either a square in shape or rectangular irrespective of the size of the hole. While sewing, get the stitches within a half inch from the edge of the patch to make sure that you are securing the stitches in the fabric as well. Sew the sides of the patch cloth at least two to three times to make the stitches stronger. Also, do remove the pins while you are in the process of sewing the patch. After the stitches are secured, you can snip the additional thread and trim the edges of the patch as well.

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