Hey lovelies! So lately I have become so obsessed with patches and how cool they look when sewn onto things like jackets and bags (I blame tumblr okay) and today I thought I'd write a whole post about my lil' love for them! Whether you're into bands // quotes // or you're just weird and love cacti like me, there are all sorts of unique patch designs out there that look amazing on denim or to customise you wardrobe with. Seriously, the amount of time I've spent scrolling through all of them on the internet is ridiculous hehe! Recently I've been buying loads of them online and in this post I'm going to show you a few of my favourite websites, how to sew them on, and ideas and inspiration for how to wear them! Hope you all enjoy, and let me know in the comments which patch out of my little haul is your favourite.
My Favourite Websites:
While I love the idea of picking up patches as you go from the places you visit, there are so many great websites on the internet to buy them and so here are the links to the places where I got mine. Typically the patches cost anything from £1 to £6 but it honestly just depends where you buy from. If you want to know where a specific patch in this post is from by the way, just drop me a comment and I'll be sure to send you the page
Depop - https://www.depop.com/
World of Stickers - https://worldofstickers.co.uk/collections/all
Klicnow - http://www.klicnow.com/patches
The lovely people at Klicnow also sent me a selection of patches * and I've found them to be amazing quality. Some of my favourites are the 'Capricorn' patch (my star sign hehe!) and the gorgeous bird patches which I plan to sew onto the collar of my jacket. They have a great range of patches on their website and I would definitely recommend having a scroll through.
How to Sew/Iron on the patches:
Depending whether you but the adhesive iron-on patches or the sew-on kind, you may skip certain steps but here is the method I followed to attach my patches to things like my denim jacket and bag.
1) Place your patch in the desired position and put a pressing cloth such as a hankerchief or fabric on top (to stop you ending up with scorched patches!)
2) Set your hand iron to the hottest temperature - no steam- and then place firmly over it for 30-45 seconds without rubbing backwards or forwards.
3) Turn the garment inside out and repeat the steps on the other side, then leave to cool.
4) Even after ironing on I would recommend sewing too just to make sure the patch is secure, using your good old needle and thread and then you're good to go!
And now for a little Inspo:
Patches are so versatile (I mean you could literally sew them anywhere!) but personally, I love how they look on bags and denim. Take this school backpack for example, I started off with a simple black bag and then from there customised it with these cactus, text, and pac-man patches. I still have plenty more I want to add like the ones above and other band patches but you can see already how they can change the entire look of a bag. Also, remember my oversized denim jacket from my Love List? Well that's all 'patched-up' too now and I am in looooove!
QOTD: WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE PATCH?
As you probably would of guessed mine is the cactus one haha!