To continue with the DIY Basics series I've constructed a simple tutorial on sewing a patch over a stain, unwanted decoration, tear etc. These same steps can be used on clothes, home decor items, furniture...pretty much anything you can sew on.
So, this is definitely a basic skill everyone should learn and know. For my example I'm using a wool army blanket that Ryan's mom found at a yard sale for us. You may remember this blanket from our Parkway Picnic, and I'm excited to show you how I transformed this utilitarian blanket into something a little more feminine and fun.
First things first, you'll need to gather your supplies. For this project I chose to use a more muted floral scrap from my fabric bin, mainly because Ryan wasn't happy I was adding florals to yet another item for the house. I also chose embroidery floss as my thread because I like that it's both functional and decoartive and wanted to add that element to the project. I also found a scrap of paper to create my template with; templates are key when you're trying to cover a specific area with a patch.
Cardstock for template
Thread or Embroidery Floss
Fabric piece (large enough to cover wanted area)
First things first- measure out the size of your patchwork location and draw out your template on cardstock. I chose a heart because I liked the shape and it covered up my trouble area perfectly. Using normal scissors cut out your template and double check that it covers your trouble area before moving forward.
Next, trace your template on the BACK of your fabric. Make sure you trace on the back in case your fingers slip and you mess up the drawing. Using the pinking shear cut out your shape.
You'll need to pin your patch over the trouble area so it is secured in place as you sew. Thread your needle and lifting up the corner of your patch push the needle through, this will allow a perfect seam without the nubby knot showing. Sew around the patch knot and cut your thread and you're done.
I think you'll see just how easy DIY projects can be and how little touches can add a lot to your decor. Let me know if you have any questions. big kiss, bekuh