Custom tie patches make a great gift for many occasions! Sew one on the back of a tie for a fun Father’s Day gift. Surprise a father of the bride with a sweet sentiment on the back of his tie. Or even add a sassy saying to the back of your boyfriend or husband’s tie for a unexpected Valentine’s Day gift. Here is a patch I sewed onto my husband’s tie that he wears every Valentine’s Day. It was extra fun, because I didn’t tell him I had done this, so he saw it as he was getting ready that morning. Such a fun memory!
Here is another patch I made for a customer who wanted this saying on a patch for her dad’s tie for her upcoming wedding. It is Swedish for “Always your little girl.” So sweet!
These patches are perfect for the entire wedding party as well. Here is a set I made for a friend’s wedding.
In this tutorial, I am going to take you through the steps of how to make these patches. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be making these quick little patches for all sorts of occasions! Make sure you share a photo of your finished patches in our Facebook group and tag me @goldilocks_designs if you post on Instagram !
Be sure to read all instructions before beginning
- Heavy Washaway Stabilizer (see note below)
- Tearaway stabilizer
- Durable Fabric – I typically use duck cloth for patches. However, for smaller patches, I prefer a basic cotton fabric. You can see the difference in the two fabric types in this photo:
This is the stabilizer I use and recommend for making patches.
A note about thread colors: Though the design file may have multiple unusual colors, you may use any thread colors that you’d like to match your project. The variety of thread colors is used to separate out design steps only.
STEP 1: Hoop Heavy Duty Washaway Stabilizer. Sew the first color on the stabilizer only. This step shows you where to place your patch fabric. It is an optional step that you may choose to skip.
STEP 2: Place a piece of fabric right side up over the stitching and tape or pin it to keep it from shifting. Turn the hoop to the back side and tape or pin 2-3 pieces of scrap tearaway stabilizer. This will help make your patch more firm, and also make your design sew more cleanly.
Stitch the second color to tack down the fabric and secure the stabilizer.
Expert Tip: It can be helpful to add a piece of scrap washaway stabilizer over the top of your fabric. This gives the stitches something extra to grab on to, and you can always rinse away the excess when your design finishes stitching.
STEP 3: Sew all of the design elements but do not sew the last two colors.
Remove the hoop from the machine. Turn your hoop to the back and tear away all the excess stabilizer from around the edges.
Turn your hoop back to the front. Carefully trim the excess fabric from around the edges of the patch, making sure you do not cut the heavy washaway stabilizer.
Be sure your bobbin color is what you want to show on the back of your patch. For this patch I want black thread, but if my outline were white, I’d want white bobbin thread.
Expert Tip: Before putting your hoop back on the machine, push the “start” button, so your machine will adjust to the position it will need to be in BEFORE sewing the final satin stitch outline. Remember to push the button again right before it is actually ready to begin sewing so you can replace your hoop on the machine. This tip is helpful as it minimizes the chance of any fabric shifting before sewing the final color.
** For those machines that require the hoop to be attached before allowing the start button to be activated, I recommend you do this step right after finishing sewing the design elements and before trimming the patch fabric.
STEP 4: Sew the second to last color, which is the satin outline around the entire design.
STEP 5: (OPTIONAL) Sew the final triple bean stitch. In the left photo, the step is skipped. In the right photo, you can see what it looks like with the final triple bean stitched.
Remove design from hoop, and remove excess stabilizer. If there are small pieces of stabilizer remaining, you may use a wet Q-tip to dissolve those.
Your patch is all done! Let’s sew it on to a tie!
Center your patch and pin it in place. Using a needle and thread, attach the patch. Remember to make sure you only catch the back layer of the tie in your stitching so you don’t have any stitches showing on the front of the tie.
Here is an excellent tutorial (made by someone else) showing how to hand sew a patch.
See how simple that was? Would you like to make even more unique tie patches?
Would you like a copy of this tutorial in PDF form?