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The smart way to add style and flair to your favorite denim jacket is with chenille patches. It is possible to create any design embroidered patches and personalize them.
This guide will show you how to make chenille patches. You can choose the pattern that you prefer depending on how big your patches will be. Although there is no set rule, smaller designs such as those in the fruit pattern work well.
Tip: Use a chainstitch machine
If you have a sewing machine with chain stitching ability, it would make it easier to create different types of patterns on cloth. However, you can search your community for an embroidery machine that you can use digital designs. For the middle of the road option, there are embroidery sewing machines that will also help you do basic embroidery designs.
There are multiple ways to make a chenille patch, and you can use any of these. For example, you can make a chenille patch using adhesive or a pin with different edges stitching. These DIY methods on how to make chenille patches are fun to experiment with.
How To Make Chenille Patches
Method 1: Iron-On Chenille Patches
It is quick and straightforward to make chenille patches, which is always a plus point of it. These patches can also be given as gifts.
1. You will need two pieces of fabric and a pattern to iron on the patches.
2. Now, mark a pattern by marking it using the best transfer method for the fabric. You can use a chainstitching machine.
3. You can leave space around the edges and stitch the design.
4. Cut the second piece of fabric to the same size as the first. Also, two parts of the fusible web with paper backing should be cut.
5. One piece of the fusible web should be ironed into one piece of non-embroidered fabric. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Make sure you iron the paper side.
6. Place the fusible web on the back of your embroidered fabric by removing the paper.
7. To fuse the layers, iron the piece that is not embroidered. This will give your patch more stability and prevent fraying at the edges.
8. The second piece of the fusible web should be ironed to the back of the fused patch. Once the paper is removed, you can remove it.
9. Follow the lines of the motif to cut around the embroidered shape. Leave some space around the embroidery.
10. You can add additional protection against fraying by stitching a running stitch along the edge. Whipstitch is a great way to make your patch look like a professionally made one. See the tutorial below. For extra security, it is best to attach this to an item that has been washed frequently.
11. Once you are ready to attach your iron-on patch, place it in place. Then iron the patch from behind the item to which it is attached. You need to ensure that your iron heats at a sufficient level to reach the layers.
Method 2: Chenille Sew-On Patches
This patch style doesn’t require any edge finishing because the chenille isn’t fragile like other fabrics. You can be sure that your stitches won’t move when it’s sewn in situ.
1 Place the paper onto the fabric. Make sure you leave enough space for trimming the patch around the embroidery.
2. You can make a chenille patch pattern in any way you want. Embroidery stitching works well on small areas, but it is also possible to stick to all outlines. You can also use an embroidery machine where it turns your digital design into embroidery.
3. Once the embroidery is complete, take out the markings. If you used the tracing method, tear the paper away. You can use the water-soluble stabilizer method to soak the finished stitching. Once the material has disintegrated, let the patch dry.
5. You can finish the patch by removing the embroidery. You have two options: follow the pattern as shown, or make a regular shape like a hexagon or circle.
6. However, it would be best if you did not cut or trim the chenille too close to the stitching that it causes the stitches to fall out.
7. Pin or hold the chenille patch where you want it to attach.
8. Use regular embroidery floss to stitch around the edges. As with applique, you can also use a blanket stitch or whip stitches.
9. Chenille patches should not be washed often. If they must be cleaned, you can use the gentle cycle.
Method 3: Self-Adhesive Chenille Patches
Do you want a permanent sticker that you can stick to your vehicle? This is the best method. For self-adhesive patch making, you’ll need the fabric you are sewing on, a piece heavy stabilizer, and permanent peel and stick fabric adhesive.
1. Transfer the pattern to the fabric. The design should be placed on the bias to prevent any fraying later.
2. As you place the fabric in your embroidery machine hoop, cut a piece of stiff, thick stabilizer. You will stitch the pattern through both layers. Stitches through the stabilizer can be tedious, so use a long needle.
3. Trim the edges of the embroidered shapes, but leave enough space to stitch the edges. It is best to use more geometric shapes for this type of patch-making.
4. You can stitch around the edges with whip stitches or a blanket stain.
5. Set permanent peel-and-stick fabric adhesive on the back. The material can be purchased in sheets or rolls, as shown. You can cut one or more pieces to fit the patch between the edges.
6. You can attach the chenille patch by peeling off the adhesive backing. It is important to remember that permanent adhesives can be tough to remove.
Method 4: Removable Pin Chenille Patches
You can make a pin look like a badge for those occasions when you don’t want to wear a patch. This is a great way to give gifts. You will need an embroidery fabric, some chenille, and a pinback bar style to make pin patches.
1. Transfer the embroidery design to fabric and sew it. This example shows that the material is used to provide some fill color for embroidery.
2. You can trim the edges of the stitching by cutting around it. Cut a chenille that is the same shape as the embroidered piece.
3. Sew a pinback bar style on the back of your cloth piece. Make sure you are stitching on the right side of the chenille to ensure that the details match up when they face each other.
4. Pin the layers together. Then whip stitch around the edge using three strands of embroidery floss. The starting knot should be hidden between the layers.
5. Turn your work from the front to the rear, ensuring that the stitches are very close together. These should look like satin stitches.
6. Tie the thread with a knot near the chenille when you run out. Next, thread the needle through several stitches on the back and then trim the line. You can continue to make new threads precisely as you did before.
How is chenille different from traditional embroidery?
It is not necessary to be an embroiderer to offer chenille. Although chenille is very different from traditional embroidery, it can be used in many combinations of both.
Chenille is created by using a particular machine that threads yarns through the bottom of the fabric to create a raised, textured surface similar to carpet. Although it is called Chenille embroidery, the process of sewing has very few similarities to embroidery. For example, Chenille machines don’t use a bobbin.
Chenille is different from traditional embroidery in that the majority of the work is done on the garment. First, the design is applied to a background fabric called scrim felt. This fabric is then cut and sewn to your attire like a patch.
Besides the uniqueness of the chenille designs, it is also more durable to use high-stitch count designs. You can follow any of the ideas above on how to make chenille patches and enjoy your denim with new colors this season.