How To Weave Your Own Patches

August 22, 2015

I’m sure you’ve all seen the pretty, woven wall hanging tutorials all over Pinterest. I wanted to do a different spin on the trend by making clothing patches. These are great for covering up a hole or even to add some color/texture to a plain sweater.
Embroidery floss
Large needle
Iron on interfacing

[Use the ruler and pen to draw a grid on the cardboard]
[Cut notches in the ends of both shorter sides]
[Take a piece of embroidery floss and thread it up an down through the notches]
[Repeat until the whole piece is covered]
[Cut a length of floss and thread it through the needle. Bring the needle to the center of the floss. This will create a double strand of thread. Weave your thread in a “under over” formation]
[When you get to the end, turn around and weave the opposite way (ie, under over)]
[When you get to the end this time, go back to the original under over method]
[Continue working like this, making sure to push the threads up as you go. They’re shouldn’t be any gaps between rows]
[To add a new color, cut the end of the old thread (end at a side- not in the middle of the weaving) and re-thread using the new color]
[Work until you reach the bottom]
[Cut the patch free from the back of the cardboard]
[Iron on the interfacing to the back side]
[Cut away the stray strands and sew your patch on]
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  • Natasha Lengua
    August 23, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    Wonderful idea and it makes a simple statement on a plain sweater. I'm inspired to give weaving a try 😉
    xo Natasha

  • Cristina
    August 24, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    I love ideas about creative mending. Many thanks for sharing.

  • patricia defrees
    August 26, 2015 at 5:21 am

    After you iron the interfacing to the back is it possible to cut the weaving before you iron it onto the garment? Like into a heart shape? Or do you think it would all fall apart after washing? I love it like it is but it would look cool in different shapes also!

    • Gina Michele
      August 29, 2015 at 11:25 pm

      Yes, after you iron on the interfacing you can cut the patch into different shapes. As long as you stitch all around it shouldn't fall apart in the wash. Hope this helps!

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