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Trend of the Month: “Posh Patches”


Patches aren’t just for cool kids, street style stars, rap artists, and the like. They are joyously democratic. They recognize neither age nor gender. They are for everyone. Want to say something witty or metaphorical? Make a social or political comment? Decorate a favorite jacket? Patches will do all this in a way that is uniquely and exclusively about you.

Like so many great ideas, patches have their roots in the past: think World War 2 aviator jackets, Sixties hippy denim, Girl Scouts’ uniforms—they would end up covered in little scraps of embroidered fabric, each one a badge of honor proudly telling a story of achievement or accomplishment. Now consider embroidery, the exquisitely refined stitching technique developed by the Ancient Chinese as an ingenious and decorative way to mend garments. Such was the artistry of the embroiderer’s repair work that the outcome was often vastly superior to the way the garment looked before it was damaged!

We’ve recently seen this same phenomenon in the opulent statement patches adorning designs by Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs, Alessandro Michele, and Raf Simons. But why not make your own without the luxury price tag? This month we’ve brought these two decorative forms—patches and embroidery—together: cut out your own from interesting fabrics, then embroider and embellish them; or for super-speedy results, get the look with iron-on motifs, and then sew on crystals, pearls, and other trims as you please. Try your hand at making vibrant earrings or transforming a clutch, denim jacket, or cushion cover, and this way, turn everyday items into customized looks that are exclusively about you (or the lucky recipient of your creative efforts).


Make sure the garment is freshly laundered—even if it’s new.
Set your iron to “COTTON” (400ºF/200ºC) for five minutes.
Thoroughly iron the area in which the patch is going to be positioned.
Place the patch on it with the embroidered side facing up.
Now place a cloth over the patch and, using slow circular movements, press firmly for 30 seconds.
Turn the garment inside out and iron the back of it for another 30 seconds.
Let it cool for a minute. If you can still lift an edge of the patch, then turn the garment inside out again and iron the back for another 30 seconds.

For this project, we created patches using iron-on crystal motifs and added sew-on crystals. But we also used textile patches as a starting point, then embellished them using traditional embroidery stitching.


Check out our board on Pinterest to get into the mood for this month’s special trend.


The Create Your Style Trend & Design team created the designs inspired by this month’s “Posh Patches” theme. As usual, they come with easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions. Each week we’ll come up with a new design, so stay tuned.

  • Pillow Cosmic Patches

  • Clutch Fruity Patches

  • Earrings Patches

  • Denim Jacket Embroider...

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