Collecting patches and ironing them to jackets or backpacks or purses are still a thing, however; teens are limited by what manufacturers make, until today. Making patches is easy and fun and teens can make whatever patch they want.
Budget: $30 for lots of teens-30+ (Depends on what you already own)
- Heat bond
- White or tan canvas
- Fabric blue
- Water based Sharpies or regular Sharpies
- Black Sharpie
- iPad (Optional)
- Pre-printed images (Optional)
- Trace pad (Optional)
- For your non-artistic teens, pre-print popular clipart. I used emojis and teens can take artistic license. For your artsy teens, they can begin drawing on the fabric using the black Sharpie.
- For teens who want to trace, you can place the clipart on the trace pad and have teens trace the image on the fabric. Or if you have iPads, find a picture on Google images; save the pic to the iPad; open the image and trace. Or you can have teens do the preceding sentence on their phones.
- Using Sharpies, paint the image and outline again with the black Sharpie.
- Water based Sharpies are more vibrant than regular ones. Water based Sharpies do bleed into each other; that’s why I used a regular black Sharpie to outline.
- Cut out the image as close as possible.
- Clean up the cut edges with the Sharpie and apply fabric glue on the edges to prevent fraying. I used a heat gun to expedite the drying of the glue but you can have teens put it aside to make another patch. It dries fairly quickly.
- Follow the instructions on the Heatbond.
- I cut the Heatbond to the shape of the patch.
- Tell teens to keep the paper on the back until they are ready to iron on their clothes/bag.