DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape
DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers
Additional Craft Information:
Embroidered patches are a great marketing and identification tool for many companies, groups and organizations. Your patch can tell the world you're a member of a Scouting group, motorcycle club or public service organization. With such wide exposure to the world, finding the right company to supply your embroidered patches is crucial. Anyone can run a Web search that will turn up dozens of producers of embroidered patches. How do you choose the right one?
You know you want a company that's been around. You need someone with experience in the industry. If you're ordering more than a small handful of patches, you want a larger company, not a “mom-and-pop” shop. The smaller companies are great for small quantities, but for 50 patches or more, you need a company that can produce your patches in a timely fashion, using state-of-the-art computerized embroidery machines.
DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife
DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint
With that said, consider low minimum orders. If you only need 50 patches, there's no reason to order from a company that requires a minimum of 200.
Look for a company that will work with you to design your embroidered patch, or to update your existing design. You want a patch supplier who won't charge you for artwork and revisions.
Don't limit yourself. Seek a patch producer that offers multiple twill and thread colors, and options such as neon or metallic threads. Ask about backing options and which is right for your particular application. Don't be afraid to ask questions. A reputable provider of embroidered patches won't hesitate to answer them.
In the end, you want an embroidered patch company that works with you, as a partner. Find a company that believes your satisfaction is the key to an embroidered patch design that's right for you.