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Yet another quick and easy way to solve the too-many-patches-and-not-enough-space problem!
Here are some of my other answers to this problem:
1. The patch cape - can be done for any vest or tunic
2. Patch ribbons - a quick and easy way to display more
3. Add extra patches to a hat or a backpack
How to Make It:
This very active brownie came home from her end-of-year ceremony with a pile of new patches!
And the back of her vest is already pretty full -
Yep, there's a row of space across the bottom. She's saving that space for when she fills the front with Try-It badges - 100% authentic, official, front-wearable Brownie badges not found in the binder!
This scout didn't want the cape as it covers up everything in the first layer. So she and I worked together to create this back half-sash solution.
First, we cut a brownie sash in half - choose the length that works for your size vest - and then lay the two halves over the back of your vest. Here you can see that the ends of the sash go extend beyond the edges of the vest. This is good - we'll need that extra room for sewing a finished look. This project only goes through adding one half back sash. Repeat this whole process to get both halves.
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Leave the shoulder for now, we'll start with the bottom. On the bottom corner, I folded and tucked under the end of the sash to make it square with the edges of the vest. I did the bottom first, and then the side.
This takes a little fiddling - keep playing with it until you like it. It doesn't have to be neat or perfect underneath, it only needs to align with the edges of the back of the vest. It helps to do this with the vest laid out front like this:
Because this is how we have to put it in the machine.
Sew the side:
Use a simple straight stitch with reinforced ends. I used regular polyester thread in both the top and bottom, and a regular standard needle.
Start at the point where the top edge of the sash meets the side seam, and then sew straight down from there to the hem:
And then turn and sew along the bottom hem until the point where the sash curves away, or however far you want it to be attached.
Sew the Shoulder:
For the shoulder, the procedure is the same - fold/tuck, sew. For this vest, I chose to extend the stitching a couple of inches down both sides of the sash for a more secure snug fit. You can choose to sew this as loose or as tight as you like.
All those loose patches? I sew onBadge Fairy style like always. Remember how we used the arm on that backpack project? We use it again here to attach patches to the sash without also sewing through the vest. Get that clear thread and make your sewing easy, fast, and mess free! Does your machine tangle with clear thread? It's not you and it's NOT your tension! I have tips for that too.
Iron over the top for extra security, and to melt the iron-on around the stitches. Eagle-eyed readers will notice my new iron, thanks to Target! It has a super-smooth teflon-type surface so it glides easily and gets plenty hot for patches!!
See - I told you it was easy!
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