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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Sewing Patches

A few weeks into first grade, Gray’s school sent home paperwork announcing Cub Scout sign ups. He was all over it. Matt took him and so began the daily reminders of needing a uniform. The following week I purchased the basics, which included 5 patches that needed to be sewn on. Yikes.

I’ve admitted numerous times that I have an aversion to sewing. So the idea of sewing on 5 patches (and having to sew them on regularly once he started earning them) left me feeling quite displeased. But Gray was so excited – night after night he would lay everything out on the dining room rug. He would carry his handbook and paperwork to his room every night and put it by the door so he would remember to get it first thing the next morning. I had to get up the gumption to get over myself.

I got everything out and was just going to place them where they needed to go and then stitch them on. But then I thought about what a big deal scouting was to him. And I also remembered once that he questioned my ability to sew a button on a shirt. I decided I’d better make sure I did a good job. I went to everyone’s best friend, Google, and searched “How to sew a patch on a uniform.” Good thing because I was about to mess up. Wikihow.com was incredibly helpful, outlining the process step by step and even showing pictures. Here’s the link to their 12 step plan, but below are my big takeaways:

• Wash and press a new uniform before sewing on patches
• Position and pin in place before starting. I even measured to make sure they were straight. I didn’t have straight pins, so I used safety pins.
• This was the really big one for me -- Stitch the patch to the uniform by sewing all the way around the edge of the patch using the same color thread that is on the part where you will be stitching – see their steps #10 & 11. What they recommended was not how I had planned on doing it. Big save.
• Don’t double the thread. When I doubled the thread, the slight difference in color between the thread and the patch was really noticeable. So I ripped it out and did it again.
• The end of the ironing board is very handy, especially as you try to get the patches positioned on the sleeve.



I’m pleased with the results. Gray is especially pleased with the results. Most of all, I learned how to properly sew on a patch.

BTW -- They also list tips at the bottom of their page. I especially liked this one: “Teach child to sew his or her own patches when they’re old enough.” Done!


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