How to Sew a Patch on a Backpack

Whether you just got a new backpack and want to give it that personal touch or you are tired of your plain old black or gray backpack and want to make it exciting, you can easily apply a patch to it. So how to Sew a Patch on a Backpack

Sewing a patch on a backpack is a great way to personalize your bag. By adding this patch, you will be giving your backpack its own personality. Although sewing a patch on a backpack is not hard, it is tedious and time-consuming.

How to Sew a Patch on a Backpack

To help you out, this article will provide you with several tips to sew on your patches onto your backpacks, leather jackets, jeans, or anything that requires a patch.

Preparing the Right Supplies for Sewing Patches

The process of sewing a patch on a backpack is relatively easy if you have all the right materials to apply. You need to gather all the essentials such as glue, thread, needle, scissor, and fabric swatch before attempting to begin the process of sewing a patch on a backpack.

  • Patch – You’ll need the patch itself, as well as a needle and some thread.
  • Thread – Try to get a thread that matches the color of the backpack or the patch itself.
  • Glue – You should also get some fabric glue or iron-on adhesive. This will help keep the patch in place while you sew it.
  • Thimble – If you don’t already have one, get a thimble. This will help you push the needle through the fabric without hurting your fingers.
  • Seam ripper – You may also want to use some sort of seam ripper if you make a mistake.
  • Scissors – Fabric scissors or any other type of sharp scissors.
  • Sewing machine – If you’re not going to use the hand-sew method.
  • Fabric pins – For holding the patch in position.

How to Sew a Patch on a Backpack

Sewing patches onto fabric can be tricky, but with some help, you can do it yourself. Here are the instructions on how to sew a patch by hand and by sewing machine.

Hand Sewing a Patch on a Backpack

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Cleaning the Bag

Before placing your patches, clean the bag and let it dry completely. It should be free of dirt and dust before you start.

Choose the desired thread

Pick a color that matches the patch or the bag. It depends on what effect you want to achieve. If you want to sew a patch on a backpack in a way that is noticeable, choose contrasting colors, otherwise, pick matching ones.

Choose the location

Decide where you’re going to place your patches. Keep in mind that the patch will be there permanently unless you decide to remove it later. Feel free to choose more than one location. You might want a patch on either side of the bag or one on both the front and back of the bag.

Pin the patch

Once you know where you want each patch, pin them in place with fabric pins. These won’t leave holes in your bag as regular pins do, but they will keep your patches in place while you sew them so that they don’t move out of position as you work.

Thread your needle

Thread your needle with a thread color that matches the patch or backpack material. Hold the thread near the end with one hand and pull about 1 in (2.5 cm) of thread through the eye of the needle.

Begin Sewing the Patch

Once your needle is threaded, tie a knot in one end of your thread. Now you’re ready to start sewing. Use a running stitch to sew your patch on.

Poke your threaded needle through one side of the patch, then push it back through about ¼-inch away from where you started. Pull your thread tight so that a small loop forms in between your stitches.

For best results, keep your stitches small and even all around your patch. You can use a ruler or measuring tape if you need help keeping everything straight.

Make sure to go through both layers of fabric when stitching, otherwise, your patch will not be secure when finished.

When you’re done stitching all around, tie off your thread and snip away any excess thread hanging off your needle.

How to Sew a Patch on a Backpack With a Sewing Machine

Sewing your patch on by sewing machine is a lot faster than doing it by hand, but you will need to take some extra steps to make sure that the patch does not fall off during the wash.

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Thread the machine

Fit your bobbin with thread that matches your backpack and insert it into your sewing machine. Then, fit your sewing machine’s needle with a thread that matches your backpack. 

Thread your sewing machine’s upper thread and pull it through to form a knot at the end of the tail of the thread. Choose a thread that is heavy-duty so it will hold up to lots of wear and tear.

Turn on the machine

Turn on your sewing machine and set it to a straight stitch. If you’re using a different type of sewing machine, make sure it’s set to sew straight stitches rather than zigzag or backstitch stitches.

Place the patch

Place the patch on your backpack where you want it to go, flat against the surface. Pin it in place with straight pins or fabric glue so it won’t move around while you’re sewing it on. If you don’t want to use pins or glue, some patches will stick by themselves if they have an adhesive backing.

Start sewing

First, sew around the edges of your patch with a straight stitch on your sewing machine, just as you would if you were sewing a hem or a cuff. Backstitch at the beginning and end of each line so that they do not unravel. Sewing around the edges will make sure that your patch stays in place.

Final Words

So there you have it: a patch on a backpack. It doesn’t seem to be too big of a deal, does it? But if you’re a little more daring and you decide to sew multiple patches on your bag, why not? It will be your own creation that represents you and your interests.

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