Follow our step-by-step guide below to make your own sew-on patch using your finished cross stitching. Then, give your favourite accessory or clothing a stitchy update! Or surprise a friend with a patch made just for them.


Step 1

Mark your desired shape onto the back of your stitched piece. We’ve made ours circular but you can do any shape you want as long as you leave a 0.5cm border of fabric around your stitching.

Step 2

Back your stitching with medium-weight iron-on interfacing following the instructions on the packet. This will protect the back of your stitching and gives stability to the finished patch.

Step 3

Cut out, along your marked line – the more smooth you can make this line the better. If you are making a patch with a more complex shape, make sure your corners are nicely rounded.

Step 4

Pin your stitched piece onto a generously sized piece of tear-away cotton stabilizer (this will help you manoeuvre your stitched piece as you feed it through your sewing machine to achieve a smooth outline).

How to make a sew-on patch step 4

Step 5

Set your machine to zig-zag stitch setting with a stitch height of 5 and stitch width of 0.2. Sew around the outer edge, coating the raw edge of your stitched piece and creating a sewn border around your design.


Step 6

Finish by removing the tear-away cotton stabilizer from around the edge. Your patch is now ready to stitch onto a bag, apron or anything you want to adorn with a stitched motif.


Heather NugentTechnical Editor on Love Embroidery

Heather is a designer and technical expert with over eight years of experience in craft publishing, and is the Technical Editor for Love Embroidery magazine. She first started sewing with her mum when she was five years old and has been hooked on all things stitched ever since. She's designed projects for Your Home, Today’s Quilter, Craftseller, Your Handmade Home, RSPB wild explorer,, Cross Stitch Crazy, The World of Cross Stitching and Lakeside needlecraft cross stitch books. Find her on instagram @heathers.handmade.hub

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