An Easy And Trendy Thing To Make Yourself | Patches Shirt DIY

Whenever I enter a store, I see bomber jackets, shirts, sweaters and jeans covered in patches. This trend reminds me of when I was young. If there was a hole in my jeans, my mom would cover it with a patch. Anyways, since these shirts and sweaters are mostly pretty expensive, I thought I should try to create my own shirt with different patches. Since it was pretty hard to find patches I liked, I kind of put this DIY on hold. But when I discovered Etsy, I finally got the chance to finish this DIY and share it with you! ✂️


These are the things you’ll need for this DIY: different kind of patches of your choice, clothing items you want to put the patches on (shirt, sweater or jean jacket for example), an iron or a sewing machine (colored thread that match the patches).

As you just read from the first part of this post, I found it very hard to find patches that I liked and that were sold for a ‘normal’ price. I started searching the internet and that’s when I ended up on Etsy. Of course I had heard about this website but I had never bought anything from there. After looking through some very nice shops (that made me want to shop so bad but I didn’t), I found PatchNation. They sell lots of different patches. That’s where I bought the lips, chocolate chip cookie, ghost, star and ice scream ones (which you can also see in the photos above). Besides these ones, I also wanted a Comme Des Garçons heart patch to put on a shirt. There were lots of different sellers but I got mine from here.


The first thing you want to decide is which patch(es) you want to place on your shirt or sweater. As you can see, I got a grey, white and striped shirt. With that I also bought a black sweater to put one of the patches on. When I bought these I already had somewhat of an idea where I wanted to place or how I wanted to place the patches on the shirts. But you can always play around a little and try different spots to see which one you like the best.

I decided to place the Comme Des Garcons patches on two of the items I bought. One on the black sweater and one on the striped shirt. Since I didn’t want to place them in the same spot, I put one on the striped shirt at the bottom and one above at the left of the sweater. For the other patches it was definitely a lot more difficult. In the end I put the ice screams together and the lips, cookie and ghost together.


When I decided on where I wanted to place all of the other ones, I pinned them to the shirt or sweater (like you can see in the photos above). I chose to sew my patches on the shirts. This way they will stay on forever. If you don’t have a mom with a sewing machine, ironing on the patches is the best idea. It’s easy and you’ll be finished in a couple of seconds. Do keep in mind the patches may let loose after you’ve washed them a couple of times. If you do want to sew them on but you don’t have a sewing machine? Just use the simplest stitch, which I talk about in this blog post.


And above you can see how all of my creations turned out! Since I tried this DIY, I’ve definitely worn these shirts a couple of times and even got some complements on them (which I wasn’t expecting but that’s always nice). I actually also want to try this DIY with a vintage jean jacket and maybe even a pair of shorts for summer! What do you think of this trend? Are you going to try this DIY?  ?




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  1. March 30, 2016 / 5:28 pm

    Dit is zo’n tof idee!! Je hebt ook van die leuke, schattige padges!

  2. March 30, 2016 / 5:55 pm

    Heel tof idee! Ik denk dat ik dit ook ga doen met wat oude shirts die ik nog heb liggen!

  3. March 30, 2016 / 8:12 pm

    I’ve been so obsessed with fabric painting with wooden blocks – this is a nice alternative! Definitely will be trying this out 🙂

    -Clarissa @ The View From Here

  4. artisticstateofmind
    March 30, 2016 / 9:29 pm

    This is soooo cute

  5. March 31, 2016 / 7:06 am

    This DIY is so amazing i love it. Very unique.

  6. March 31, 2016 / 7:46 am

    Tof idee, ziet er wel gaaf uit!

  7. Mariska
    March 31, 2016 / 5:23 pm

    Ah zo gaaf! Vind vooral dat ijsje zoo leuk!

  8. April 1, 2016 / 6:39 pm

    omg they’re so cute! i love that cookie one!!!

  9. cydneyhelsdown
    April 2, 2016 / 11:33 am

    I actually LOVE this, it’s such a cute way to personalise plain t-shirts. I also have a denim jacket (which was my mums) that this would suite perfectly! Thanks for sharing.
    – Cydney x

  10. April 2, 2016 / 11:37 pm

    Super leuk idee! Ik ga morgen op de stoffenmarkt zeker even kijken of ik leuke patches kan vinden!

  11. April 3, 2016 / 12:33 pm

    OMG hoe leuk is dit!
    dat koekje.. echt geweldig.
    Het is de eerste keer dat ik je blog voorbij zie komen en moet even zeggen: hele leuke blog en een top design ;)!

    ik blijf hem zeker volgen ..;)

    XOXO Faye van Quarter Life

  12. Arabella
    April 3, 2016 / 2:46 pm

    This is such a cute and simple way to jazz pieces up for summer, love it!


  13. April 5, 2016 / 12:18 pm

    Gave post! Leuke diy indd! Ben het al veel in winkels tegengekomen!

  14. April 6, 2016 / 3:56 am

    I love styling up my basic clothes with patches!
    xx Elle

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  15. April 6, 2016 / 1:05 pm

    This is such a cute idea!! Love the outcome :))

  16. April 6, 2016 / 1:20 pm

    I think that this is such a fun and adorable way to personalize any piece of clothing! I’ve been meaning to do this for a while but I can’t find patches anywhere!


  17. April 7, 2016 / 5:26 pm

    Wat een leuk artikel en die patches zijn superleuk! Ga gelijk even een kijkje nemen in die Etsy shop. Thanks for sharing :).

  18. April 12, 2016 / 11:10 am

    Erg leuk gedaan! Vroeger gebruikte mijn moeder deze patches weleens om versleten kleding te fixen =)

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