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How do you sew on a patch?

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Quick Answer

Before sewing on a patch, cut the hole into a neat square or rectangular, and then pin on a piece of fabric that is slightly larger than a hole. A patch is easily sewn by hand with a thread and needle and does not require a sewing machine.

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  1. Trim the hole

    Cut a square or rectangle around the hole that needs to be patched. At the four corners of the square or rectangle, make a 1/4 inch cut at a 45 degree angle. Turn the garment inside out, and fold down and iron the 1/4 inch sides of the hole.

  2. Cut the patch

    Measure and cut a piece of fabric that is 1/2 inch larger than each side of the hole.

  3. Position the patch

    Place the patch on the underside of the hole, and align the grain if needed. Turn the garment right side out, and pin around the hole.

  4. Sew on the patch

    With a slip baste stitch, sew around the hole, and remove the pins. Turn the garment inside out. Fold back the patch's excess fabric. Stitch diagonally through the fold of the patch and the folded edge around the hole. Once you have sewn around the hole, remove the basting thread. Trim off the tips of the patch's corners, and fold under the edges of the patch 1/4 inch. Using a criss-cross stitch, sew around the outside edges of the patch. When finished sewing, iron the patch.

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