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Embroidered patches for many people can be a declaration of faith. From religious beliefs to patriotic credos to allegiance to a lifestyle, embroidered patches often make a clear statement.

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

For men and women of religious faith, an embroidered patch in the shape of a cross or a Star of David clearly symbolizes their belief in God. But embroidered patches also can demonstrate faith in other things as well.

Military units, for example, use embroidered patches for identification, as do Scouting troops, sports teams and school groups. To onlookers, these patches all represent not just a specific organization, but also the values those organizations represent.

DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).


Motorcycle riders' groups and clubs have their own recognizable embroidered patches. The embroidered patch represents a specific club and what it stands for. In some cases, that will be a group of law enforcement officers, while others represent those who consider themselves so-called “outlaw” bikers. Family riding groups and manufacturer sponsored clubs will have their own patches as well.

One example of an embroidered patch that clearly shows what a group stands for is the patch of the Patriot Guard Riders. The PGR, a group of motorcyclists and supporters from throughout the nation come together at the funerals of fallen American soldiers to support the soldiers' families. The group's embroidered patch shows a triangle-folded American flag (the way a flag from a soldier's coffin is presented to his or her next of kin), the name of the organization and the words “riding with respect.”

Regardless of what one believes in, if it's important to show that faith, it's possible to do so on an embroidered patch. A good embroidered patch supplier will work with you to ensure your patch makes exactly the statement you want it to make.

DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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