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How To Apply Patchwork Pieces


I have curated an embroidery kit to encourage people to explore their creativity by embroidering their unloved or worn out clothing. Refresh your wardrobe with a DIY embroidery patch kit, kits include an embroidery hoop, threads, needles and everything else you'll need to get started. Each kit has its own unique embroidery patch (a portrait/face in white thread on up-cyled denim) that can be applied to a variety of fabrics.  By reinventing a pair of jeans or an old top for example, you can add to your wardrobe without guilt. Embroidery Kit/DIY Patches are available at my online shop.

Step-by-step application of embroidered patch:

  1. If you want to customised your patch with beading or more hand embroidery techniques, you should do this before cutting the patch from the fabric (embroidery tutorials on 'Embroidery' page).

  2. Cut out embroidered patchwork face, leaving 1.5cm seam allowance around the embroidered area.

  3. Pin patch to the area of garment you would like to apply it to. I recommend trying your garment on with the patch to find the best placement.

  4. On my example below, I have used a whipstitch with machine thread to sew on my patch. If you are new to sewing I would recommend using the embroidery thread to apply your patch piece because it will create a strong seam, but feel free to experiment!


Thrifted green joggers, with up-cycled denim embroidery patches. I used machine thread to appliqué these patches, with a whipstitch.

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would love to see your finished patches and embroidery creations, so tag me in your posts! Feel free to message me over Instagram or send me an email if you would like some advice.

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Cut out & placement

Pin patch in place

Sew patch on

Bottom left patch is sewn using a whipstitch and embroidery thread, bottom right patch is sewn using whipstitch and machine thread, top right patch is sewn with a backstitch using embroidery thread.

To get a clean cut, use fabric scissors or a sharp pair of standard scissors to cut out patches.

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