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Se7en Discover Double Sided Applique Paper and Patches…

January 8th, 2010 · 9 Comments

My kids love badges and patches and any kind of clothing embellishment!!! Otherwise they are pretty relaxed about their appearance and whatever they find in their drawers they will wear… Most of them!!! But there is always one… who will not have the slightest hole in any item. Here I speak for myself, most of us don’t notice if we even have holes. Unless, they are huge holes in which case they are usually in jeans and I just chop them off to make shorts. So this is what you are aiming for:


I have been looking for a quick no-sew solution for ages and found it. Ask at your local haberdashery for double sided applique paper and you are good to go…

So here in se7en steps are your patches:

  1. To begin with you need some clothes with holes. Or not! I noticed some hole-free clothes arriving for patches as soon as we started this project!!!
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  3. You will also need some patch size bits of fabric and fabric markers…
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  5. Get your artists arting…
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  7. Before you blink you will have a collection of potential patches. Trim them down to shape and size.
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  9. Place your patch onto a piece of the double sided Applique paper, the “wrong” side of the patch against the rough side of the paper. Trim the paper to the exact size of the patch.
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  11. Iron your fabric with a hot iron (not a steam iron)… the paper will stick to your fabric.
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  13. Turn your patches over and gently peel off the smooth paper. Place your patches wherever you want them to go on the clothes and iron again with a hot (not steam) iron.
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And you are done – well I thought I was but some one wanted a bit more embellishing and did some stitching as well.


And I should mention that if you do make patches with felt – then you might want to lay a piece of fabric like a pillow case over the felt before you iron – lest your felt stick to the iron and you have a slight problem!!! Nothing that couldn’t be cleaned up… but you should be warned. So, if you don’t remember to cover your felt patches you will have a very melted effect!!!


That’s it – easy as pie, a non-sewing, sewing project.

And if you are asking where on earth to get the double sided applique paper then ask your local haberdashery and if you are in Cape Town I got mine here:


A shop I was so thrilled to discover full of lots of hidden treasures and fabulous prices… I got my little seamstress a heap of sewing goodies for nearly nothing the other day… Both of us were thrilled and I can see it becoming a great pocket money haunt!!!

P.S. I am not paid to say nice things about “The Cross-Stich Cottage” I say them because I have found them to be true!!!

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9 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Stina // Jan 8, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    How fun! My girls got adorable sweaters from their Auntie and Uncle at Christmastime and, not knowing what was inside, I used scissors to cut open the package and my youngest has a hole in hers. Good one, Mom! 🙂

    Anyway, great idea! Thanks for the tutorial. And is that Wall-E? Your kids are so cute.

  • 2 se7en // Jan 9, 2010 at 6:54 am

    OOOPS, S!!! Oh dear oh dear… I so hope this is a solution for you… that’s just terrible!!! Have Good Weekend Anyway!!!

  • 3 Susan@improvamama // Jan 9, 2010 at 7:32 am

    Brilliant! I have a feeling once I get that paper, no piece of clothing will be safe!

  • 4 se7en // Jan 9, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    Hi S, I think you are right!!! We could start a whole new fashion trend together!!! Have a lovely weekend!!!

  • 5 Carmen // Jan 10, 2010 at 1:59 am

    I have never thought of giving them markers to decorate their patches, I am always scavenging good bits of worn clothes to use to patch worn bits of other good clothes!

  • 6 se7en // Jan 10, 2010 at 7:48 am

    Hi C, Funny thing… even the guys that think patches are soooo uncool wanted patches with their own artwork on them!!! Have a lovely weekend…

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