Monday, April 18, 2011

merit badge frenzy and a tutorial




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!

6 comments:

Missy said...

Thank you! I have been hanging on to my boys merit badges dreading the hand sewing of these because it pricks my fingers, so. Now, this will be a breeze.

PS Loving the table cloth...so fresh for spring!

Julianne said...

Hello - I hope you don't mind "strangers" hopping on and looking into your life, but I found you through MADE and now I'm hooked! I am a recently converted homeschool mom and I'm just trying to stay afloat with my new life change. This blog is an inspiration! Maybe, maybe someday I will get it together! I'd love to pick your brain...

lynne said...

Oh my word!! I have a bunch of these to do that I have been totally procrastinating sewing on... this is SO MUCH BETTER!!!! And you are right, I should make my scout help!

alison said...

I just became an even bigger fan of you & your blog!! This sounds SOO much easier than hand or machine sewing, and more effective than hot gluing (which I have tried when desperately trying to get them on before a pack meeting...mistake!).

Peggy Clyde. said...

I had three scouting boys also, so I glued them on with the hot glue gun. Worked for us. Thanks for your great ideas.

Carrie said...

You are a genius! I just have a cubber going to arrow of light Thursday and have to do a whole new set of patches. I didn't have Pellon, but I did have Stitch Witch, which I'm guessing is very similar. This works wonderfully! Never again will I sew another patch!