I am a lover of do-it-yourself projects and crafting. I have always been a creative person. My mom got me started with crochet. Her mom had taught her, and she taught me. From there, I branched out to cake decorating, scrap booking, and journals. Since my daughter was born, I haven’t had a lot of time to feed the urge to craft. I decided to get some crafting in by trying out a current fashion trend. One big trend you may have noticed are embroidered jeans. Instead of going and spending a lot of money on something I am not sure about, I tried it myself. The plan was to get an iron patch that looked like something embroidered and attach it to an old pair of jeans. Unfortunately my local craft store did not have a good selection of iron on’s to chose from.
Recently I found a cute denim vest for my daughter. Instead of doing the patches on a pair of my jeans, I got some patches for her. I had originally wanted something floral. Like I said, my craft store didn’t have a good selection. So I decided to go with a boho look for vest. I found a couple of flower patchwork iron on’s and a hippy looking VW Bus. Once I got home I realized that the bus wasn’t iron on. It had to either be sewn on or glued on. I was afraid the glue wouldn’t hold up and this was suppose to be something easy to do and didn’t want to attempt to sew the patch on. I ended up keeping the little flowers and returning the bus.
Supplies And Process
For this crafting project you will need your patches, the clothing item you want to adhere the patches to, a larger towel, a smaller towel and the iron. Lay your larger towel on top of your surface to protect it from the heat of the iron. I set my iron to the cotton setting. If you want you can set it on a cooler setting to begin with.
Play around with your patch or patches until you find the placement you want. You can also take a couple sewing push pins and pin the patch to your clothing item so that you can try on the item first. This way you can see just how it will look on the item.
Once you find the right placement, it’s time to turn up the heat. The directions on the back of my patches said to place a towel over top of the patch and then apply the heat for 20-25 seconds. I did this…multiple times. I’m not sure if the towel was too think or what, but after multiple attempts the patch wasn’t sticking.
I removed the towel and placed the iron directly on top the patch. This is why you may want to start at a lower heat setting so you don’t burn the patch. Once I quickly moved the iron across the patch a few times, I turned the garment to the inside and gave it another few paces.