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Custom embroidered patches are used in many aspects of society worldwide, ranging from police and firefighters to motorcycle clubs and schools. The versatility of the embroidered patch enables it to be used for many purposes.

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.

Embroidered patches were originally a military concept, used to identify members of specific troops. Today, they're still used for that purpose, as well as to identify rank and specific unit members and missions. Police departments, sheriff's offices and other law enforcement agencies at all levels also use embroidered patches to identify their members and rank.

Motorcycle clubs also use custom embroidered patches as a major part of their identification. The large patches displayed on the back of members' jackets are typically hard to achieve and are worn for a lifetime. Smaller embroidered patches also can commemorate particular rides, memorialize fallen riders and identify other aspects of biker culture.

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).

Athletic teams also depend on embroidered patches to identify their teams and mascots. Patches can be applied to just about any article of clothing, including caps, jerseys, jackets and uniforms.

For businesses, embroidered patches serve a double purpose. They promote the business with a visible logo, and can serve as identification for the business employees when they are dealing with members of the public.

The key to a successful patch is to make it distinctive. A company logo or name, a school mascot or even a unique phrase can be incorporated into a custom design created by computer graphic artists to be as unique as your organization. The one of a kind embroidered patch design will make your message stand out.

Scouting groups depend on patches to showcase achievement and accomplishment of Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and Brownies. Embroidered patches are available in a broad range of categories including outdoor events, science and crafts.

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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