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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?

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.

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

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).


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.

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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