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Just like the recent Patch Cape I made, here's another easy solution for too many patches. We're showing this on a Daisy vest, but this solution can be done for any level.
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First cut a length of craft (or any kind, really - but I like the grosgrain texture on this one) ribbon about two inches longer than the length of the vest. Here, I'm going to place this ribbon right in the middle of the vest so that is where I measured. Load the top of your machine with clear thread [Don't let your machine go exorcist on you - read my clear thread tips] and use thread that matches your ribbon in the bobbin. Set the vest aside; we will attach the ribbon to the vest last.
Start at the bottom of the ribbon with whichever patch you want to be the lowest. I'm using this Earth Day wedge patch. About a half inch or so from the bottom of the ribbon, attach the patch using a few back and forth stitches like this:
Then without cutting any threads turn, align the next patch, sew from the first patch to the second, turn again, and run another few back-and-forths to attach the second patch to the ribbon.
Now you can cut the thread [I love the auto-cutter on my Baby Lock!]. You just attached the first (bottom) patch, and the next one (sort of, it's still loose at its top). From the back --
Now you repeat this process as many times as you want until most of the ribbon is used up or until you run out of patches. Sew the top of one patch and the bottom of the next patch, then cut the thread and go to the next one. Keep working your way up the ribbon. Trim all the dangly threads as you go.
After you attach the last patch to the top of the ribbon, you need at least a half inch of ribbon remaining to finish it off. Tuck the edge under the top of the last (top-most) patch and stitch it down. Run over these stitches a few times for extra strength! Because now we're working upside-down from before, I switched to a red bobbin thread to match the border on my last patch, but a few stitches in another color won't be very noticeable.
Almost done! Line up that little tab of ribbon with the neckline of the vest. I used a pencil to mark where I wanted it to go.
Use a strong back-and-forth reinforced stitch to attach that bit of ribbon to the neckline.
All done! You could do as many ribbons across as you could fit in - even open up the shoulder seams and add some in!
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