How To Hand Sew Patches

How to Hand Sew Patches

Do you have a favorite jacket or bag that needs a little sprucing up? Adding patches is a fun and easy way to personalize your items. If you’re not sure how to hand sew patches, don’t worry! It’s a simple process that anyone can do. In this article, we’ll walk you through the steps to get you started.

Gather Your Materials

Before you begin, you’ll need a few supplies:

  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Patches
  • Item to sew patches onto
  • Scissors

Preparing Your Item

Before you start sewing, you’ll need to prepare the item you’re adding patches to. Make sure it’s clean and dry, and that any loose threads or fabric have been trimmed. If you’re adding multiple patches, it’s a good idea to lay them out on the item and decide on their placement before you start sewing.

Thread Your Needle

Next, you’ll need to thread your needle. Cut a length of thread about two times the length of your arm, then thread one end through the eye of the needle. Tie a knot at the other end of the thread.

Start Sewing

Now it’s time to start sewing! Begin by inserting the needle from the back of the item to the front, where you want to place the patch. Pull the thread through until the knot catches on the inside of the item.

Securing the Patch

Hold the patch in place over the hole or tear that you are covering. Insert the needle through the patch and the item, starting from the front and pulling the thread through to the back.

Continue Sewing

Repeat the previous step, sewing around the edge of the patch until it is securely attached. Make sure your stitches are tight and close together for a neat finish. When you’re finished, tie off the thread with a knot on the back of the item and trim any excess thread.


Do I need a special needle for sewing patches?

No, you can use a regular sewing needle for hand-sewing patches.

What kind of thread should I use?

Use a sturdy thread, such as cotton or polyester, to ensure your patches stay in place.

Can I sew patches onto leather?

Yes, but you’ll need a special needle designed for leather and a strong, thick thread.

What if my patch is too big?

You can trim the edges of the patch to make it fit better, or sew it on in sections.


Now that you know how to hand sew patches, you can add a personal touch to all your favorite items. Remember to take your time and sew carefully for the best results. Happy sewing!