New Caledonian door - …
New Caledonian door - …
Hello and welcome! Or welcome back! 😁
My first post of one of my favourite creatures that live in my brain. And first craft post!
It is a handmade Bakugo Katsuki earring.
I smudged it a little, but I still like it.
Honestly, what do you guys think? 👀
Patches are a great way to fix up holes and to add a bit of personality to your clothes. You can easily make them from scrap fabric. Let's take a look at some I made recently.
My nephew rips through the knees of his pants like there's no tomorrow, so my sister asked me to fix a few holes and to turn some of his pants into shorts. My nephew also recently gained a special interest in Pokémon, so I decided to have some fun with my mends.
As you all know I don't like wasting resources, so I made my patches out of the spare legs of the pants my sister wanted me to turn into shorts. I kept the rest of the leftovers for future projects.
How to make patches:
You can make a patch out of any fabric and in any shape you want. Your best bet would be to pick a fabric that has a similar weight as your original item.
If you want to do a particular shape, you first need a template. You can freehand one on some scrap paper, print one out, or do as I usually do and use a window or a computer screen as a lightbox to trace the shape you want. I do this with a pencil and a very light hand to ensure I don't damage my screen.
Keep your templates somewhere safe in case you want to use them again some day.
Make your life a little easier and iron both your spare fabric and the garment you want to mod. Then carefully cut out your template, trace it onto your spare fabric, then cut out your traced fabric. You now have a custom patch.
If you want to use your patch to cover a hole, then fix the hole first. Use a whipstitch or blanket stitch to stop the edges of the hole from unravelling. If you want it to be extra strong, you can weave new fabric over it or sew a second patch inside the garment..
Decide on the placement of your patch, and pin it down.
You've got a few options now. You can either use a running stitch, whipstitch, backstitch, or blanket stitch to secure the edges of your patch in place. You can also combine these techniques, or sew it into place sachiko-style with running stitches. I chose to do both a backstitch and a blanket stitch.
If you're sewing by machine, the backstitch (which is your machine's standard stitch) and the zig-zag stitch are good options for this project.
I started with a blanket stitch for my Pikachu and finished it off with a backstitch, but decided to do the opposite for my Oddish as it was more convenient.
Now, sewing anything onto a small cylinder by hand, or anything else with little space to move without risking sewing layers together that aren't meant to be stuck together, is a bit bothersome. There are a few ways to make things easier on yourself.
You can put a hard surface in-between your layers, or use an embroidery ring. I ended up using a glass bottle of syrup as my hard backing because the rounded shape fit the leg better. Use whatever you've got handy.
Go around the entire patch with your chosen stitches, and you're done! You can choose to add some extra decoration with appliqué, embroidery, beads, sequins, fabric marker,... I kept mine plain.
I'm afraid I don't have pictures of the finished Pikachu as I made it before I started this blog, but here's Oddish. It's not my cleanest work, but it'll hold.
Making patches is an easy way to cover up holes or to spruce up your garments and can be used to recycle your spare fabric. You can customise them however you want. Have fun with it!
One important note to make: if you're going to use copyrighted shapes like I did, only use them for personal projects and never sell them. The moment you make money off them, you can get sued. This might sound silly, but companies like Disney and Nintendo have done similar things in the past.
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