Embroidered patches are a part of our daily life. Everyone would say that they have at least seen one in their life. Everyone might also say that they have worn at least one fabric patch in their lifetime.
Patches are traditionally part of one’s uniform, or something that identifies you as part of a group. However, these can also be creative, and customization is something that a lot of people are already doing, be it for personal use or for a humanity campaign, among many other reasons.
Interested in making these on your own? Here are a few tips:
• Keep it simple
Words to live by: “simplicity is beauty”. This goes for a lot of things, and that includes patch designs. Keep it simple, but not boring. Being simple doesn’t mean you can’t be interesting.
• Why make it?
Thinking what the patch is for can also be part of the design process. Knowing the “why” makes the prospect of an end product more meaningful, and aids in the visualization of the design. Your design would be different if you’re thinking of using it as a giveaway for your 18th birthday versus if you’re going to use it for your campaign against drugs.
• Pick an appropriate size
How large would you want it to be? The bigger the size, the easier to catch people’s attention, but size also depends on how you want your patch to stand out. Maybe you opt for a more discreet design, thus deciding on a smaller one. Knowing the size also aids in deciding what elements you would want to include in your patch.
• What shape would you like it to be?
Apart from the size, you should also think about the shape. If you want your patch to be small, but interesting, maybe you can decide on a less convenient shape, compared to the usual squares and circles. This is also something to consider for you to decide the elements to put in your design. And so…
• What elements are going to be in it?
Thinking again about the “why” can help you to choose the elements for your design. You would want this to be appropriate for the occasion or message, or whatever it is you are going to use your patch for. Is it going to be an image only patch? Or would you like to include a statement? If you do decide to include words.
• Check word length
If you have opted to put words in your design, take note how the words fit – if it is hard to read, or if it threatens fill up the whole of your designated space, maybe you need to revise it. Also consider if your statement makes sense. Cutting it up to fit doesn’t mean cutting up the meaning you want to convey as well.
• Use a pleasant color combination
Your customized patch may contain more than one color. It is important to take note that these colors don’t clash with one another, or that these colors facilitate the visibility of your design. It would help to have a great background color when your statement cannot be read.
• How would you wear it?
Yes, this can also be a helpful tip. A smaller patch would probably be better for when you want to put it on your shirt compared to using it on your bag. It’s always good to picture the end product.
• Be unique
In the end, you get to decide how your patch would actually look like. What we listed here are just tips to guide you in your design journey. There are no actual rules. Be true to yourself and make a statement – because really, patches are for making your statement, may it be as simple as “best friends since birth” or as heavy as “respect one another”.
Your statement is important to you, and we feel that way too. We at Patches4Less can help you in your endeavor! Let’s make patches!
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