scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Re: Sewing on patches
Daniel Hammond (danhammondsr@YAHOO.COM
Thu May 25 2000 - 13:06:12 CDT
Lots of interesting discussion on this topic.
As for rank (which I had as a youth) and temporary activity patches
on pockets, I use a slightly different method than sewing. I make a
leather backing the size and shape of the patch, attach a loop of
shoestring, or similar cord at the top, and glue the patch to the
The cord makes a loop such as you have at the top of the Philmont
Arrowhead, and you just slip it over the button.
This method works particularly well for those of us that have
multiple shirts for any number of reasons. It also keep you from
having to sew through the pocket or go through the agony of sewing a
patch to just the outside portion of the pocket.
I know some folks that attach a velcro patch (loop) where the patches
go and then use the other side (hook) to attach to the back of the
patch so as to allow moving patches from one shirt to another.
I do something similar with my OA flap patch, but I use pins and
clasps instead of the loop. Push the pins through the leather then
glue the patch in place.
Naturally the position patches and council strips and unit numerals
and all that get sewn on, and for that I tape them in place, sew
through the tape (or ask my wondeful wife to sew them with her 'too
valuable for me to touch' machine) and then remove the tape.
The leather backing method is just another option and your mileage
Daniel D. Hammond, Sr.
CM Pack 225 District Committee, Army Major, Olympia, WA
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