With three boys, the constant flow of Cub Scout patches and Merit Badges earned are ever needing to be sewn onto shirts and sashes. Seriously, I haven't been able to keep up. Or haven't wanted to (while there are so many other fun projects to be working on!!). So my boys go to their activities, campouts, Pack Meetings, and even Court of Honors, shabbily clad in half-patched uniforms. It's pathetic. Especially when these boys have a sewing-fanatic mother...
I have a large jar dedicated to housing every pin, patch, and award collected at the meetings. It was overflowing, and the boys and I decided to do something about it last weekend.
I've tried hand-sewing and machine-sewing, invisible thread and regular thread, and even some horrible stick-on stuff from the Scout Shop. And I usually have the boys sew on one patch themselves, every time I sit down to attach patches to shirts. This way, they learn basic hand-sewing skills, and contribute to keeping their uniforms nice and updated. However, this method can hardly be effective if I never sit down to attach patches, now can it?
We decided on another method this time (ahem...since we had about 20 badges to attach). I had some Pellon fusible web hanging around, and thought this might be the best way to make the process quick and painless. And it worked so great I thought I'd share it with you!
1. Trace patch shapes onto the Pellon.
2. Cut out shapes, cutting slightly inside the tracing lines. (The pellon has layers that may pull apart while you cut. Just lay them flat, with layers lined up, on a flat surface for now. Or just cut in a different spot on the Pellon that isn't peeling.)
3. Lay patch, face down, on ironing board. Lay coordinating pellon piece (or layers, if seperated) on top of patch, with rough, adhesive side down, against patch, and paper side on top. Iron on paper side on high for about 10 seconds. Make sure Pellon has completely adhered to patch.
4. Peel off paper from the Pellon on patch.
5. Place patch in correct position on uniform or sash, and iron right side of patch, pressing down, for 10-20 seconds (I use the steam setting), lifting every 5 seconds so patch does not get too hot. Then turn over, and iron back of uniform fabric, to make sure patch is firmly adhered.
6. ***Make sure your scouts help trace/cut out patch shapes. They'll appreciate so much more the work you put into keeping their uniforms nice! And it will save you some time, if you let the patches pile up like we did...
So, while your handsome boys are slaving away on merit badges, or morphing from Wolf into Bear, you needn't slave away on the rewards of their labor. Pellon is the answer!!
Have any other fast, easy ways of dealing with scout badges? Do share!