So, another trend that has my heart at the moment is the patch trend.
Patches are so fun and add a playful pop to an otherwise basic outfit.
Why Buy It, When You Can DIY It
There’s a whole range of clothing, bags & slippers with attached patches in store now (see our TGC Bomber Jacket with Patches – R499), but why not personalise your existing clothes with patches you’ve picked out yourself? Make an otherwise ordinary outfit interesting with The Glam Closet’s selection of Patches & Pins.
You will need:
- A household iron
- A pressing cloth (a thin piece of fabric or a lightweight cotton towel works well).
- A firm piece of cardboard covered in aluminum foil.
1. Set iron to “dry” not steam setting.
2. Pre-heat to cotton setting (or if unsure of your fabric, one or two settings lower).
3. Position your patch as desired and cover with the pressing cloth.
4. Place the backing underneath between your garment and the iron board. The backing board helps reflect heat back to the patch and garment rather than drawing heat into the ironing board cover speeding up the process and ensuring a flat, secure bond.
5. From the front of the patch, press the iron flat in an up and down, vertical motion (do not move back/forth/around) for 25 to 40 seconds to tack the patch in place using the center part of your iron.
6. Turn inside out or upside down (if possible) and still using the pressing cloth, repeat from reverse side for 30 to 45 seconds.
7. ALLOW the patch and your item to cool, completely. Test an edge of the patch to ensure it is secure.
If not, repeat increasing the amount of time 10% – 20% each time taking care to ensure the patch and fabric are protected.
Warning: Do not remove the patch if you fail on your first attempt or you will damage the adhesive. Just repeat the steps with additional time. Some household irons just don’t get hot enough as they do not have temperature gauges. The goal is to melt the glue into the fiber without scorching or burning the fabric or the patch.
Remember, you can always revert to a bit of hand sewing to keep your patch secure.
If you arent ready to make this sort of long-term commitment as yet (LOL), take a look at our Sets of Pins. Pin it on when you’re in the mood!
Or Mix & Match pins and patches together, for a fuller effect.