How to sew a cub scout patch on a uniform

Updated February 21, 2017

Wearing a Cub Scout uniform with patches in place is a proud moment for any boy, but the parent behind the sewing may be even more proud of the accomplishment. If sewing isn't your cup of tea, there's no need to panic. No fancy stiches are needed to sew a cub scout patch on a uniform.

Use your Cub Scout's handbook to find the proper place to sew each badge on the uniform. Find a uniform diagram at the Cub Scout website.

Cut any frayed edges off patches before sewing them to the uniform. Staple each badge or patch to the uniform in the proper location before beginning to sew. A strong packing tape can also be placed on top the patch. Be careful not to sew through the tape.

Turn the shirt inside out and feel the raised embroidered edge of the patch you are attaching.

Use a thread that matches the uniform for the patches. Knot the end of your thread and push the needle through the back side of the shirt material into the raised edge near the inside of the badge edge.

Use even stitches about 1/4 inch apart, and sew all around the patch just catching the inner part of the embroidered patch edge.


If you're not the sewing type, there are products that don't require sewing that can adhere badges and patches to the uniform. You may want to use less stitches if you know the patch is temporary, just remember that it is more likely to fall off with normal wash and wear this way.


You might have to bunch the fabric up to get your stapler in the proper place to stable the badges on first. Be careful not to staple extra material from other areas of the shirt into the patch.

Things You'll Need

  • Patches
  • Stapler
  • Needle
  • Thread
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