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Today, we're talking about how to remove patches from vests. This is one of many projects that discuss uniform repair and reuse. We're all about using resources wisely!
This poor Brownie that I'm calling Chocolate Muffin had an incident with a handsy toddler, and another run-in with some grape juice. Mom's busy enough; The Badge Fairy to the rescue!
First, this vest needed a bath - badly! Between the grape juice and the glue residue from the ripped patches, a good washing made a big difference. So I pulled off the peeling patches and washed the vest in a zip-up garment bag. I do NOT ever recommend putting a uniform with attached pieces in a dryer. The glue may melt and get all over, and then you have an even bigger mess.
With the mystery stain gone, it's ready for the magic!
We have the patches we pulled off, plus some badges that mom sent us to add on. She asked only that we start the fun patches at the top and the badges at the bottom, and get everything else on where it belongs. Remember, a girl scout vest is like a mullet --
So, first I did the business, complete with perma-patch and perma-pins too! Clean and perfect. I added on some of the other pieces she needed from my stock - the tab, membership pins, safety pin, and two cookie pins that she's earned so far. Perfect!
Then to work on the back: I tried out a couple variations on the fun patches. Ultimately, I decided on the one that will give her the most room to add on more later.
Here's a good trick - a clear plastic quilting ruler and lab tape to help get everything aligned straight and cleanly.
Thanks to Chocolate Muffin and her mom for the opportunity to bring the magic!