Blog – American Patch https://www.americanpatch.com Any Patch for Any Purpose Tue, 25 Jul 2017 18:55:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.1 100835102 4 Ways to Wear Your Embroidered Patches https://www.americanpatch.com/blog/general-information/4-ways-wear-embroidered-patches/ Tue, 25 Jul 2017 18:55:54 +0000 https://www.americanpatch.com/?p=2715 Embroidered patches are making a big comeback and fashion-forward individuals are coming up with new and creative ways to wear theirs. Here, our embroidered patch company shares some great ideas for sprucing up your clothing or accessories.

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Embroidered patches are making a big comeback and fashion-forward individuals are coming up with new and creative ways to wear theirs. Here, our embroidered patch company shares some great ideas for sprucing up your clothing or accessories: 

In a Unique Location

Patches are usually attached to large, blank areas like the back of a jacket, the knees on a pair of jeans, the front of a baseball hat, or on a backpack. Try something different and sew or iron your patch onto a unique location – some of our favorites are sleeves, elbows, hemlines, collars, bag straps, and the back of hats. You’ll give your clothing or accessory an unexpected focal point. 

On an Unconventional Material

Most people attach their patches to the denim in their jeans or jacket or the canvas on their backpack or tote bag. While this is a great idea, why not incorporate a patch onto a material that’s not as common? Spruce up your pleather bomber jacket, add some pizzaz to your sneakers, sew a few onto your cotton skirt, or even personalize your purse to add some creativity to your wardrobe.

In Groups

While one large patch is a great focal point, don’t be afraid to go a little overboard and use lots of patches to create a statement. Group similar patches together (like a variety of flowers or flags) or mix and match different patches for an even bolder look. This is an especially great idea if the garment you’re decorating is old, worn, or in need of repair – lots of patches can bring it back to life.

Paired with the Right Garment

There are many different material textures that you can use as the base for your patches, so don’t discount the texture that the patches bring to it as well. For example, a distressed patch or a patch with muted colors can add a worn look to your garment while a felt patch can add vintage flair. On the other end, detailed dye sublimated patches can create a modern look.

Join in the trend of embroidered patches! Create your own unique look today by filling out our Free Quote form!

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20 Easy Summer DIY Projects https://www.americanpatch.com/blog/diy/20-easy-summer-diy-projects/ Fri, 30 Jun 2017 23:38:03 +0000 https://www.americanpatch.com/?p=2676 Summertime means parties, vacations, and best of all - fun summer crafts! Here, our embroidered patch experts share some of their favorite and (easy) DIY projects to do this season.

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Get Creative This Season

Summertime means parties, vacations, and best of all – fun summer crafts! Here, our embroidered patch experts share some of their favorite and (easy) DIY projects to do this season:

Twine Lanterns

Blow up some balloons to your desired lantern size and cover each one with petroleum jelly. Coat your twine in a mixture of white glue (4 ounces), cornstarch (1/2 cup), and warm water (1/4 cup) and wrap around each balloon. Let dry, then pop the balloon to reveal your lantern.

Hose Rug

Repurpose an old or broken hose and turn it into an outdoor rug. Just get yourself a bag of zip ties and as you coil the hose around, use the ties to secure two rows together every six inches or so.

Pillow Beach Towel

Add a pillow to your favorite beach towel! Simply sew a small towel into a pillow case and stuff with fabric stuffing. Sew it closed, then attach it to your favorite beach towel with a sewing machine or needle and thread. Roll the towel up around the pillow and you’re ready for the beach.

Bandana Banner

Jazz up your outdoor party with a homemade banner. Simply gather up some colorful bandanas, fold each one in half, and cut a triangle out. Glue the ends of the triangle together and string twine through the folded end to create a banner.

Dresser Sachets

If you have some leftover fabric scraps, you can create your own lavender-filled sachets to keep your dresser drawers fresh. Simply place the lavender in the middle of the fabric, gather up the ends, and put a few stitches in them to secure. Cover the stitches with a button to finish.

Photo Lantern Centerpiece

Grab a couple metal lanterns from a craft or thrift store and paint the metal material your favorite color. Then, measure the glass panels and print out fun photos of the same size. Attach the photos to the glass and use a battery-operated candle to illuminate them.

Paper Umbrella Lamp

To make this, simply buy a large paper lantern and a few dozen paper drink umbrellas. Spray the entire lantern surface with adhesive and poke your umbrellas through the paper until they sit flush on the surface. Cover the entire lantern for a fun look.

Marquee Letter

For a touch of vintage decor, grab a large paper mache letter from the craft store and cut off the front. Paint the whole letter your favorite color, then glue 1-inch gold or silver Christmas ornaments along the inside to mimic old light bulbs.

Drinking Straw Coasters

Cut out some squares of cardboard (your coaster template) and flatten out several colors of drinking straws. Cut them to the size of the cardboard and tape them down side-by-side. Use a different color straw to weave through the ones that are taped down, then finish the coasters by lining the edges with duct tape in a coordinating color.

Nautical Candles

Spruce up some plain glass pillar candle holders by wrapping twine around the bottom half. Glue to secure, then add a bow, seashell, or other decoration as a finishing touch. Place a candle inside and light.

Personalized Straw Mat

Grab a plain colored straw mat, some outdoor paint, and a sponge or paint brush. Paint a quote, design, or pattern onto the mat and let dry. Finish with clear, waterproof spray paint.

Mini Herb Garden

Turn old aluminum food cans into your own countertop herb garden. Simply remove the labels and drill several holes in the bottom of each can for drainage. Then, plant fresh herbs in each can and assemble them on a large terra-cotta plate.

Pool Noodle Luminaries

All you’ll need for some fun luminaries is a few narrow pool noodles, some scissors, and some battery-operated candles. Simply cut the noodle into 1 1/2-inch pieces and insert a candle into each one. Then, set up along a wall or deck.

Fabric Planters

Turn your favorite pot into a work of art. Cut strips of colorful fabric and use waterproof glue to attach them to your pot. You can line them up vertically or horizontally or criss-cross them for a fun effect.

Clothespin Wreath

Grab a wire wreath frame, several dozen clothespins, and some paint. Paint the clothespins whatever colors you desire and let dry. Then, clip them onto the wire frame for a simple and fun summer wreath.

Mason Jar Utensil Holders

For your next barbecue, grab some Mason jars and some paint and create some colorful utensil holders. You can either paint the inside of the jar or the outside, depending on the look you want.

Watercolor Pillowcases

Grab some plain white pillowcases and turn them into watercolor works of art by coloring in areas of the fabric with colorful Sharpie markers. Fill a spray bottle with rubbing alcohol and spray the fabric until it’s saturated. Once dry, iron them to set the color.

Rope Trivets

For easy kitchen trivets, gather up some natural rope, round wooden plaques, and heat-resistant adhesive. Spread the glue onto the wooden plaque and starting in the center, coil the rope around until you reach the outside. Let dry.

Chalkboard Sign

Create your own chalkboard sign with chalkboard paint and a piece of wood in your choice of shape and size. Simply give the sign a coat of paint and let dry. Then attach ribbon or strings and hang!

Pom Pom Bookmarks

Add some fun to summer reading. Wrap your favorite colored yarn around two of your fingers about 90 times, then remove and string a piece of yarn through the center. Tie it, then leave a yarn tail of about 12 inches. Cut the looped ends to create your pom pom.

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The World of Bullion Crests… https://www.americanpatch.com/blog/general-information/world-bullion-crests/ Wed, 24 May 2017 23:12:27 +0000 https://www.americanpatch.com/?p=2639 If you've never heard of a bullion crest, you've probably at least seen one. These patches are essentially gold, silver, or gold and silver emblems that feature crests, vines, leaves, birds, or other decorative images to create a polished look. They can be used by a wide variety of clubs and organizations and at American Patch, we can create beautiful bullion crests for any reason.

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What They Are, How They’re Made, and More

If you’ve never heard of a bullion crest, you’ve probably at least seen one. These patches are essentially gold, silver, or gold and silver emblems that feature crests, vines, leaves, birds, or other decorative images to create a polished look. They can be used by a wide variety of clubs and organizations and at American Patch, we can create beautiful bullion crests for any reason.

How They’re Made

They’re created using a combination of gold and silver bullion wire that’s hand-stitched onto a (typically dark) fabric substrate. This gives them a definitively different look than regular embroidered patches. Instead of plain yarn or thread, their gold and silver wire creates an elegance to the patch and provides a regal way to express one’s affiliation with their organization.

Who Uses Them

Bullion crests can be used by anyone, however, some of the most common organizations to use them include:

  • Military Branches (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, National Guard)
  • Sports Clubs
  • Security Organizations (Police, Fire Services, Building Security, etc.)
  • Ancestry Clubs
  • Volunteer Organizations
  • Private Clubs
  • Fraternal Organizations
  • And more.

Where They’re Placed

Bullion crests are traditionally worn on a blazer jacket; the jacket along with the crest serves as a “members only” garment and can help define those in special clubs and organizations from those who aren’t part of the group. For a different (or more modern) look, these crests can also be worn on hats. No matter where a bullion crest is worn, it will show exclusivity and give the wearer an heir of

If you’re interested in your very own bullion crests, don’t hesitate to contact us today. We’ll get you started so you have your very own stately patch to show off.

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15 Organization Ideas for Your Craft Room https://www.americanpatch.com/blog/diy/25-organization-ideas-craft-room/ Tue, 25 Apr 2017 13:30:33 +0000 https://www.americanpatch.com/?p=2591 A Few Simple Tips for De-Cluttering At American Patch, we know how fun crafts can be, but we also know how easy it is to stock up on craft supplies and have nowhere to put them. With these 15 organization …

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A Few Simple Tips for De-Cluttering

At American Patch, we know how fun crafts can be, but we also know how easy it is to stock up on craft supplies and have nowhere to put them. With these 15 organization tips, you’ll be able to find all of your materials in a jiffy:

  1. Use leftover pieces of scrap fabric to create a fabric wall organizer. Start with a large
    square or rectangular piece and sew on fabric “pockets” to store things like paintbrushes, pencils, rulers, and more.
  2. Transform thick PVC piping into craft paint organizers. Simply cut the pipe to the height of the paints and turn it on its side. Stack the pipes and use glue to create a “storage unit”.
  3. Upcycle old tin cans by painting them or wrapping them in patterned paper to create tin can containers. Use them to store your pens, pencils, glue sticks, scissors, and more.
  4. Transform an old filing cabinet into a fabric storage cabinet. Instead of sliding files between the dividers, slide different types of fabric. Or drape the fabric right over the dividers.
  5. Use tic-tac boxes to organize your rolls of ribbon. Simply take the lid off, place your rolled-up ribbon inside, and feed the end through the dispenser opening before placing the lid back on the box.
  6. Store all of your loose craft items in different sized Mason jars. This includes things like buttons, bobbins, quilting squares, sequins, glitter paints, and more.
  7. Invest in a large pegboard and turn it into a pegboard tool holder. Attach some hooks and hangers and store things like needle-nose pliers, hammers, paintbrushes, and more.
  8. If you have a lot of glitter paints, create a glitter paint board by attaching velcro squares to a piece of wood or a picture frame and velcro squares onto your paints. Then, just press them to the board for storage.
  9. Turn an old ladder into a fabric organizer. Simply place it up against the wall and drape your various fabrics over the rungs so you know where everything is.
  10. Create your own teacup pin cushion: Cut a piece of circular scrap fabric, place some stuffing in the middle, then gather up the ends and tie them up. Then, simply place the pin cushion in an old teacup.
  11. Instead of stacking your scrapbook paper and leafing through it when you need a certain kind, create a scrapbook paper organizer using a simple tabletop file organizer.
  12. Turn an unused spice rack into a craft paint caddy. The openings for the spices are around the same size as the paints, so they’ll fit perfectly and you’ll know where each color is.
  13. Cut empty cereal boxes into several different sizes and use them as drawer organizers. You can even paint them to make them more fun.
  14. If you have a variety of wrapping paper rolls, grab a plastic suit bag and stack the rolls side-by-side in the bottom. Then, zip up the bag, insert a hanger, and hang the whole thing up in your closet.
  15. Use an over-the-door shoe organizer to hold things like mod podge, glue, ribbon, markers, and other craft supplies.

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Spruce Up Your Spring Wardrobe with Embroidery https://www.americanpatch.com/blog/for-fun/spruce-spring-wardrobe-embroidery/ Fri, 24 Mar 2017 13:26:18 +0000 https://www.americanpatch.com/?p=2542 Spring is officially here and with it comes light jackets, capri pants, lightweight shirts, and more. Since embroidery is one of the hottest new fashion trends, why not spruce up your spring wardrobe by incorporating some of it into your clothing? Here are some ideas for you to try this season.

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Spring is officially here and with it comes light jackets, capri pants, lightweight shirts, and more. Since embroidery is one of the hottest new fashion trends, why not spruce up your spring wardrobe by incorporating some of it into your clothing? Here are some ideas for you to try this season:

Flowers

Nothing says “spring” like flowers, so why not add a floral design to your jeans, shirt, or jacket? Try roses by themselves or with stems, clusters of lavender, a sprinkling of blue bells, or another favorite flower to incorporate some colors of nature.

Leaves

Like flowers, leaves can add a pretty pop of nature to your outfit – especially if you like green. Leaves can be created in a wide variety of sizes and shapes, from scalloped to serrated to tripartited and more, and in many different shades of green to add a soft or bold look.

Seasonal Elements

To really get into the spring spirit, try embroidering things like birds, bees, butterflies, raindrops, trees, grass, and more. Here, you can get creative and create entire scenes, use the objects in a pattern, or keep it simple by adding an element to a pocket or collar.

Patterns

One of the most popular types of embroidery is Native American-influenced embroidery. These patterns include triangles, crosses, diamonds, stripes, chevrons, feathers, and more and typically feature colors like turquoise, blue, tan, brown, red, and orange. Try a Native American patterns look great on a jean material for the best look.

Patches

Instead of traditional embroidery, why not try embroidered patches? Our experts can help you turn any image or artwork into a patch that you can iron or sew onto your jeans, hat, jacket, shirt, tote bag, and more. We offer a wide variety of thread colors and patch types to fit your needs.

*Photos courtesy of:
ringsandtings.com
modesens.com
dhgate.com
eukicks.com
etsy.com

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8 St. Patrick’s Day Crafts to Try This Year https://www.americanpatch.com/blog/diy/15-st-patricks-day-crafts-try-year/ Thu, 23 Feb 2017 18:00:22 +0000 https://www.americanpatch.com/?p=2492 St. Patrick's Day is only a few weeks away and if you're planning on throwing a celebratory party, you're going to need some festive decor. Whether you make the crafts yourself or turn your St. Paddy's party into a craft party, our clothing patch company has some great craft ideas for you to try this year.

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St. Patrick’s Day is only a few weeks away and if you’re planning on throwing a celebratory party, you’re going to need some festive decor. Whether you make the crafts yourself or turn your St. Paddy’s party into a craft party, our clothing patch company has some great craft ideas for you to try this year:

“Lucky” Yarn Sign

Create your very own rustic Irish sign with a piece of bead board, a piece of plywood, some paints, some yarn, and some hot glue. Start by painting your plywood green and your bead board white. Once both elements are dry, glue your bead board onto your plywood to give it a framed look. After that, use your glue gun to outline the first heart shape of your shamrock and line the glue with your yarn. Continue outlining the heart until it’s filled in, then do the same for the other two. Add a stem and the word “lucky” and voila!

Shamrock Ponytail Holders

Whether they’re for yourself, friends, or kids, shamrock ponytail holders are super easy to make. Simply cut two shamrock shapes out of a piece of felt, then use a needle and thread to sew green sequins onto the shape. When you’re done, use fabric glue to glue the second shamrock onto the back of the first. Sew an elastic hair tie onto the back and you’re ready for festive hair.

Simple Wreath

Wreaths aren’t just for the holidays – you can make wreaths to celebrate any occasion! For this wreath, start by wrapping burlap fabric around a foam wreath form. Then, to create the flowers, cut out 9 peanut-shaped strips of fabric, pinch the center of each, and glue. Layer three shapes on top of each other to create a flower and secure. Finish each flower by gluing a festive button to the middle and a metal clip onto the back. Once they’re dry, clip them onto your burlap wreath an you’re done.

Bottle Vase Arrangement

Turn old glass bottles into a beautiful vase display with this craft idea. Rinse out old glass bottles of various sizes and let dry. Then, using a different color green acrylic paint for each, squirt some paint into the bottle and turn to coat. Once the whole bottle is coated, turn it upside down to drain out any excess. Let them sit upside down overnight to drain and dry fully. Make your own tags with craft paper, string, and sticker letters (you can make them say whatever you want!) and drape one over each bottle. Then, fill with festive flowers.

Paper Shamrocks

Make these easy table decorations with green paper and a glue gun. You’ll need six strips of paper of various inch lengths: two 8 1/2, two 6 1/2, one 7 1/2, and one 5 1/2. Fold each strip in half and glue the fold together. Then, form each strip into a heart. Place the 6 1/2-inch hearts inside the 8 1/2-inch hearts and glue together. Do the same for the remaining smaller strips and place the last smaller heart in between the larger hearts. Bend the ends of the larger hearts to make a “stem” and wrap the stem in a small strip of paper to complete.

Fun & Festive Garland

Create one or several of these to hang on your mantel, staircase, bathroom mirror, and more. Start with cardboard cutouts that include three heart shapes and a “stem”. Cut green strips of fabric and glue them around the cutouts, then glue the cutouts together to create your shamrock. After that, create your paper discs from festive scrapbook paper and finish them with small shamrock accents. Once you have all of your elements done, glue them to a green piece of ribbon and hang.

Wooden Leprechaun Hat

If you have some extra wood and green paint lying around, you can easily make a leprechaun hat for your front stoop. Cut a 2×4 into one 6″ piece and two 4″ pieces. Then, paint each piece green and let dry. Stack the two smaller pieces on top of the larger piece and glue them all together. After that, you can attach strips of fabric to the front of the hat or paint it with a lighter green paint. Attach a piece of ribbon and a shamrock and put it on display!

Felt Shamrock Pillow

Turn a simple pillow into a festive one with a burlap pillowcase, pillow insert, green felt, hook and loop tape, and some glue. Cut a large shamrock out of a piece of dark green felt and a smaller circle out of a piece of lime green felt. Place a dot of glue in the middle of the circle and fold in half. Then fold the sides in and glue together to form a flower and glue the flower to the shamrock. Attach a strip of hook and loop tape to the pillowcase and another to the back of the shamrock. Then, simply attach the shamrock and display on your couch or chair.

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Merit Badge Patches for Every Occasion https://www.americanpatch.com/blog/general-information/merit-badge-patches-every-occasion/ Thu, 26 Jan 2017 15:00:10 +0000 https://www.americanpatch.com/?p=2409 At American Patch, we're happy to announce that we now offer merit badge patches! While merit badges are mainly used in Boy Scouts, they can actually be used by anyone and for nearly any occasion.

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At American Patch, we’re happy to announce that we now offer merit badge patches! While merit badges are mainly used in Boy Scouts, they can actually be used by anyone and for nearly any occasion.

With embroidered patches coming back into fashion, merit badges are a great way to express your interests, hobbies, achievements, and more. Simply attach them to your jacket, hat, pants, tote bag, backpack, or even your shoes and you’ll have a simple way to add personality to your clothing.

 

Merit badges also make great gifts for any personality. For example, if your friend can’t go a day without coffee, you can make her a “coffee addict” merit badge. Or if your husband is “king of the grill”, you can create a merit badge just for him. They can also be used to show off an achievement or as a unique way to celebrate or commemorate an event.

We can create your perfect merit badge with a sew-on or iron-on backing to make application easy. And because we use the best materials in the industry, you can be sure your patches will be bold, beautiful, and display a rich, three-dimensional quality.

Whether you already have you own design idea or need some help, we’re here for you! Get started on your very own personal merit badge patches today!

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25 Design & Material Ideas for Your Next Embroidery Project https://www.americanpatch.com/blog/for-fun/25-design-material-ideas-next-embroidery-project/ Fri, 30 Dec 2016 15:13:04 +0000 https://www.americanpatch.com/?p=2399 A new year is fast approaching and each year, we all make resolutions to make ourselves better, try new things, give up old habits, and more. Whether you've been embroidering for years or you just took up the hobby, there's always room for experimentation.

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A new year is fast approaching and each year, we all make resolutions to make ourselves better, try new things, give up old habits, and more. Whether you’ve been embroidering for years or you just took up the hobby, there’s always room for experimentation.

At our embroidered patch company, we always love discovering new designs to embroider and materials to embroider them on. If you’e up for something new this year, try out a few of our embroidery ideas:

Designs

  • Flowers
  • Letters
  • Symbols
  • Fruits/Vegetables
  • Leaves/Trees
  • Names
  • Animals
  • Feathers
  • Flags
  • Quotes
  • Characters
  • Birds
  • Patterns
  • Logos

Materials

  • Denim Jeans
  • Leather Jackets
  • Canvas Bags
  • Shoes
  • Bath Towels
  • Silk Sheets
  • Potholders
  • Burlap Table Runner
  • Faux Fur Blanket
  • Pillowcases
  • Freestanding Lace

Don’t forget – if you’re interested in embroidered patches, we use the best materials in the industry. No matter what shape, size, or design you’re looking for, we can help make your idea come to life. Call us today to get started.

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Quilting 101 https://www.americanpatch.com/blog/general-information/quilting-101/ Wed, 23 Nov 2016 15:29:48 +0000 http://www.americanpatch.com/?p=2370 If you're interested in quilting and have never tried it before, there are some things to know before you begin. Here, our embroidered patch company shares some beginner tips for quilting.

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If you’re interested in quilting and have never tried it before, there are some things to know before you begin. Here, our embroidered patch company shares some beginner tips for quilting:

Tools

Perhaps the three most essential tools for your quilting process are fabric, needles, and thread. If you’re making your quilt by hand, you’ll also need a quilting hoop. If you’re making your quilt by machine, you’ll need a sewing machine or quilting machine – both of which come in a variety of sizes and with a variety of features. Other tools that are helpful for quilting are fabric markers, pins, scissors (or rotary cutters), and thimbles.

Styles

If you’re not sure what kind of quilt you want to make, consider the many styles that are available, such as:

  • Pieced Quilts: Pieced or patchwork quilts are perhaps the most popular style of quilt and are great for beginners. They involve fitting together squares, rectangles, and other shapes.
  • Jelly Roll Quilts: Much like pieced quilts, these quilts are made up of various strips of fabric and are finished with a border.
  • Applique Quilts: These quilts give you the opportunity to create any type of fabric design and then sew the design onto your quilt as an applique.
  • Art Quilts: Unlike traditional fabric quilts that are created for warmth, art quilts can use anything from paint to metal to make a decorative statement.
  • Paper Pieced Quilts: For an even easier beginner quilt, many turn to paper piecing, which uses a paper foundation to guide the quilt pieces.

Colors

Quilts are known for their variety of colors, so choosing which ones you want to incorporate into your design is an important part of the process. First take into account where the quilt will be stored or displayed – if it will be on a bed or hung on a wall, try to choose colors that complement the surrounding decor. If it’s for a special occasion, like a wedding or a baby shower, consider choosing colors that are associated with that occasion.

Whatever colors you choose, be sure to lay them out first to get an idea of how your quilt will look. You can even ask the opinions of others to see what they think about your color scheme.

Method

Making a quilt is fairly simple, but it can be time-consuming, so set aside enough time to complete your uilt. Before you begin your quilt, wash and dry your fabric pieces to avoid the colors running together after the quilt is finished. After that, lay your quilt design out so you can see what it will look like when it’s finished. Then, choose the best method for you (whether it’s quilting by hand or machine) and remember – practice makes perfect!

Care

Once your quilt is finished, it’s important to take good care of it so that it will last you for years to come.

If your quilt is used on a daily basis, it will need washing. Since most quilts are made from cotton, you’ll want to wash your quilt on a delicate cycle and with warm water. To ensure that no detergent remains on the quilt, run it through a second rinse cycle and then either dry it on a low setting or let it hang dry.

If you plan on storing your quilt, take some precautions to keep it from fading or being damaged:

  • Keep it dry
  • Avoid extreme temperatures
  • Wrap it in a cotton sheet to allow breathability
  • Store it away from the threat of bugs or mice
  • Fold it as little as possible (if needed, roll it)
  • Keep it away from unfinished wood

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Embroidered vs. Woven vs. Dye Sublimated Patches https://www.americanpatch.com/blog/general-information/embroidered-vs-woven-vs-dye-sublimated-patches/ Thu, 27 Oct 2016 17:45:52 +0000 http://www.americanpatch.com/?p=28 For years, the most common type of clothing or decorative patch was the embroidered patch. Over time, however, society has gotten more creative with crafting processes and has introduced newer ways to create patches. At American Patch, we offer traditional embroidered patches, but we also offer woven patches and dye sublimated patches. Here are the differences.

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For years, the most common type of clothing or decorative patch was the embroidered patch. Over time, however, society has gotten more creative with crafting processes and has introduced newer ways to create patches. At American Patch, we offer traditional embroidered patches, but we also offer woven patches and dye sublimated patches. Here are the differences:

Creation

Both embroidered patches and woven patches are created by stitching threads onto a backing material to create a design. When it comes to dye sublimated patches, however, small sections of the patch material is dyed with a special ink to create a design.

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Woven Patch

Threads

Patches have always been stitched using thread, and with both embroidered and woven patches, thread is used to create the image, symbol, or lettering. The difference between the two styles is the thickness of the thread. Embroidered patches use a thicker thread to create a traditional “raised” look while woven patches (like the one above) use a thinner thread to make a flatter patch.

Colors

Any type of patch can be colorful, but some have the capability more than others. Threads come in a wide variety of colors, but since woven patches use thinner thread than embroidered, you may be able to incorporate more colors on woven patches. Dye sublimated patches, however, give you the widest range of colors, since each molecule of the patch is dyed, virtually any color can be created.

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Dye Sublimated Patch

Detail Capability

If you’re looking for a patch with a lot of detail, choose a dye sublimated patch. Because each molecule is dyed, a great amount of detail can be achieved in a design. For patches with some detail, choose woven, and for basic patches, choose embroidered.

No matter which patch type you’re interested in, American Patch can help you create your perfect patch for any occasion.

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