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This is a badge bit (BB) that is part of the PEP curriculum.  Completing this BB is part of getting the sand badge in textiles.

In this project, you will sew a patch onto one of the following:
  - an elbow of a shirt
  - the knee of pants
  - a quilt
  - tote bag
  - other woven fabric

To complete this Badge Bit, you must:
  -  Post a picture of your holey fabric, patch, thread, and needle or sewing machine
  -  Post a picture of your patch being sewn onto the fabric
  -  Post a picture of your completed patched fabric
  -  It doesn't have to be pretty but it does have to be functional.  Finish the edges of the patch so it doesn't fray.

how to sew a patch

different ways to sew a patch

sewing a patch, messy but quick


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Here's my patch. Just above the old patch is the new tear.
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The tear
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Mend in progress on sewing machine
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Completed mend - inside of pants
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Outside of pants - mend completed
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One of my favorite shirt got some small holes. This is one of my nice shirts, so I wanted to do a good job darning it so I could still wear it out and about without people noticing the mending.

I used three different colors of thread that were the closest I could match to the shirt, and some wool felt for the patch/backing.
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The holes
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The backing and almost-matching burgandy thread
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sewing the burgandy
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and now the white (I did black after this, but forgot to take a picture)
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Here's the inside
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And the outside! It should be invisible unless someone is sitting next to me and staring at my elbow
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Patched the kiddo's jeans with part of a worn-out sock.
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Oooo! I like the circle stitching! It looks really cool, and I think I'll try it next time!

Some things I learned from patching my son's pants: woven patches hold up much better than knit or felt ones. The knit ones tend to wear through fast on their knees, though seem to hold up well if they just ripped a tiny hole on the side of the pant. I also discovered that I should tie knots every so often in the running embroidery stiches. My son thought it was fun to pull on the thread, and pulled a 3 inch loop out, which I then had to work back into the patch. Lesson learned for next time!
 
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Nicole Alderman wrote:Oooo! I like the circle stitching! It looks really cool, and I think I'll try it next time!

Some things I learned from patching my son's pants: woven patches hold up much better than knit or felt ones. The knit ones tend to wear through fast on their knees, though seem to hold up well if they just ripped a tiny hole on the side of the pant. I also discovered that I should tie knots every so often in the running embroidery stiches. My son thought it was fun to pull on the thread, and pulled a 3 inch loop out, which I then had to work back into the patch. Lesson learned for next time!



Yeah, this mend is now about 3 months old, and he’s already about picked out some of the stitching! Good tips, thanks.

I really like the sashiko/boro mending methods, as the tools are simple, the process quiet, it can be done during meetings, and it turns the wound into an aesthetic feature.

cheers!
 
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This 2019 PEP1 class wore my pants out.  Or, more accurately, my wore out pants couldn't handle doing the splits up a berm while placing rocks for a retaining wall.  I wasn't planning on getting a BB in textiles, but here was my chance.  A big thank you to Baylee Hawkins for taking the time to patiently teach me how to sew.  
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My Carhartt overalls had a pretty large hole. It was a little more complicated to fix because the hole went through the knee outer layer, inner layer, and the quilt layer. I used a sewing machine. I sewed a patch on the inside so that my toes wouldn't catch in the hole. Then I sewed a patch on the outside. That patch was a piece of old overall shoulder straps.
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Nicole Alderman wrote: I also discovered that I should tie knots every so often in the running embroidery stiches. My son thought it was fun to pull on the thread, and pulled a 3 inch loop out, which I then had to work back into the patch. Lesson learned for next time!



Beau Davidson wrote:Yeah, this mend is now about 3 months old, and he’s already about picked out some of the stitching!



Instead of little knots, you could do a running back stitch:  when starting to load up stitches on the needle, take the first stitch as a back stitch and then carry on with the running stitch until the needle's full.  I do this when hand sewing garments as well as mending, and it means the thread is anchored every 3-5 stitches and much harder to pick out.
 
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The problem with wire fences is that they reach out and grab you.  

This is from my farm coat - a coat that I acquired from my father as I remember him wearing it as one of my early memories.  
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