How to make an embroidered badge

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What you'll need

What is a badge typically made of? The answer is; not much!

To create your badge, you'll need:

  • An embroidery design
  • A stable backing fabric, eg: Heavy woven drill, denim, Echidna shaping felt
  • A non-woven washaway stabilizer, eg: Echidna Washaway
  • A satin border design (you can create your own with a digitizing software or there is a variety available in the Lindee Goodall Badges and Frames design set

Step one - size, shape, design

Decide on the general size and shape of your badge and choose or design the embroidery that you wish to feature on the badge. If you are using one of our free satin border designs, you will need to work within the size of the border you have chosen.

Step two - print a template

Print a badge size template. We have provided this as a PDF file with the free badge border designs. If you have created your own border you will need to print the placement stitch as a template. This can be easily achieved with Embrilliance Essentials. Note: The placement stitch is the very first colour change of the badge border design and you will use this template to draw and precut your badge fabric. We recommend you cut a template using heavy card or even a thin but firm plastic as you can use this template over and over again. You could even cut a template with the Brother ScanNCut.

Step three - mark and cut

Use the template you have just created to mark and cut as many badges as you wish to embroider.

Step four - merge

We recommend that you merge the border design with your chosen embroidery and save it as one file. Make sure that the border design is first in the stitching order. Some machines will allow you to add or merge designs on screen. Or of course you can merge designs easily on your computer using your customizing or editing software. Embrilliance Software by Brian Bailie is also perfect for merging designs.

Step five - hoop and stitch

Now with your embroidery design, including the border loaded on your machine and using the smallest hoop suitable for the job at hand, hoop one layer of Echidna Non-Woven Washaway Stabiliser or equivalent and stitch the first colour only - this is the fabric placement stitch. If you are using a multi needle machine, be sure to stop the machine after the first colour.

Step six - position shaping felt

Take the precut Shaping Felt and apply a VERY LIGHT coat of 505 adhesive spay or equivalent. Tip: Always use adhesives sparingly as overuse can harm your machine and never spray in close proximity to valuable machinery or equipment. We recommend 505 Spray. Now position (stick) the precut Shaping Felt precisely in alignment with the placement stitches. You may find it easier to remove the hoop from the machine to do this.

Step seven - complete stitching

Proceed to stitch the rest of the design. If you have cut and aligned everything correctly, the satin border stitch will wrap beautifully around the edge of the Shaping Felt and because of the way we have digitized the border, it will provide a neat and stable badge edge. Once stitching is complete, cut away the excess washaway and soak the badge in warm water for a minute or two and allow it to dry.

Attaching the badge to an item

Now that you have made a badge, you may want to apply it to a garment or other item such as a sports bag. We use and recommend Echidna Hot Melt Film. It’s easy and very permanent. Naturally you could also stitch the badge to the intended item.

First - apply the hot melt film

This is a two part process as you must first apply the film to the badge.

Step one

Precut a piece of Hot Melt Film to suit the size of the badge. Place the finished badge face down on the backing paper side of the hot melt film and trace the shape using a pencil. Cut out the required shape.

Step two

Place the badge face down on a pressing mat and position the Hot Melt Film on the badge with the backing paper facing up and press with a hot iron (No Steam) for approximately 10 seconds.

Step three

Allow the badge to cool and remove the backing paper.

Step four

Now it is time to attach the badge to the fabric. It is important to press the fabric to the badge and not the badge to the fabric. Simply place the badge face down on a pressing mat and position the fabric on top of the badge. Press with a hot iron for approximately 10 seconds. This time will vary depending on the thickness of the fabric. For example heavy denim may require 15 to 20 seconds

Alternatively, you can sew your badge onto your fabric. 

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