There are many ways to make DIY patches. This method explains how to make punk patches with basic materials, and is good for one-off patches. Bulk run patches usually involve screen printing; I’ll write about that method later.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Simple 1-color design (too detailed and it will be hard to cut out/paint over)
- Sharp accurate knife
- Denim or other heavy fabric
- Fabric ink
*DISCLAIMER* Knives are dangerous. Be careful and ask an adult for help. Complete these instructions at your own risk.
Task 1: Print/Cut Stencil
Print out your design in plain black, and carefully cut it out with your knife.
Alternatively, you could cut your design freehand out of vinyl. Vinyl is tougher to cut, but it is sturdier, which means you can make more patches than with a paper stencil.
Task 2: Gather/Iron Fabric
Gather your fabric, which can be cut up jeans or denim/other heavy fabric from a store.
Iron the fabric with no steam (dry heat only) to get out any creases or wrinkles.
Task 3: Cut Stencil to Size/Paint
Cut out the paper or vinyl stencil into a rectangle with at least 1/2″ on all sides of your design.
Tape your stencil onto the fabric to hold it down. Paint over the stencil, being careful around the edges. Be sure to apply a thick, even coat. When you’re finished, remove the stencil.
Task 4: Cut Out the Patch
Cut out your patch with scissors, leaving about 1/2″ of blank fabric around the design.
*OPTIONAL* Use a trimmer (pictured) to cut the edges perfectly straight.
Task 5: Iron Again
After the paint has dried to the touch, iron over your design with no steam (dry heat only) for about 30 seconds. This will heat-set the ink to make it last longer.
Task 6: Finished
If the patch is still wrinkled, lay it on a flat surface and put something heavy and flat on top of it, like a book. Let it sit for 30 minutes and you’re done! Stitch/pin/stud to your heart’s content. 2nd patch (on the left above) doesn’t come out clearly with this method, because printer paper is thin and can shift or rip when saturated with ink.
*BONUS CONTENT* If you’re an adult into skateboarding or punk, check out my (NSFW, not kid-friendly) site, snappeddecks.com.
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