How to Properly Sew on Brownie Badges

Updated March 23, 2017

In the Girl Scouts of America, insignia, or emblem, awards and participation patches, are traditionally sewn onto the sash of the scout's uniform. In the Brownies, insignia should be securely attached with upholstery strength thread that matches the insignia's border colour. Insignia should also be attached in a certain order, arranged from the bottom of the sash, worn under the arm, to the top of the sash (over the shoulder.) For the most flexibility in placement, hand-sewing is recommended.

Lay the sash onto a flat surface, with the front of the sash facing up.

Arrange the insignia onto the sash, in the Girl Scout approved order, moving from the bottom of the sash to the top (your scout may not have earned all of the following insignia): Brownie Try-It patches, then Brownie Journey Award Patch Set, Cookie Sale Activity Pins, Bridge to Brownie Girl Scouts Award, Safety Award Pin, the Membership Star, Disc for Membership Star (blue, then green), Troop Numbers, Brownie Council Identification Set, and finally, at the shoulder, the Wavy American Flag Patch.

Arrange the insignia so it is evenly placed.

Pin the patch insignia in place using the straight pins, and clip on the brooch insignia (be careful not to piece through both layers of sash.)

Clip a length of thread twice the length of your arm. Thread through the sewing needle, pull the ends so they are even, and then tie an overhand knot.

Sew on an insignia using small running stitches, sewing through the border and following the border around the whole perimeter of the patch.

Tie a knot and clip excess thread.

Repeat Steps 5 through 7 for each patch.


You can secure each knot by dabbing a small drop of clear nail polish onto the thread knots on the back of the sash.

Things You'll Need

  • Brownie sash
  • Insignia
  • Straight pins
  • Upholstery thread in colours to match insignia borders
  • Sewing needle
  • Scissors
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