How to Get My Biker Patches Made for Cheap

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How to Get My Biker Patches Made for Cheap
Design your custom biker patches to match your bike's colour. (Thinkstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images)

Biker patches add personality to a vest or jacket and show the rider's likes and interests. Often, groups of bikers like to wear the same patch on their clothing. While many biker patches are mass produced and can be bought in large quantities, they don't always look or say what the group of bikers wants them to. By making or ordering their own custom patches, bikers can be sure the patches are uniquely suited to their tastes. There are a few easy ways to create custom patches for cheap.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Photo editing software and printer
  • Computer paper
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Thin mesh fabric (nylon stockings, sheer fabric)
  • Tape
  • Pencil
  • Paint brush
  • Mod Podge/waterproof glue
  • Patch fabric
  • Fabric ink/paint
  • Cardboard
  • Iron
  • Printable iron-on transfers

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Instructions

    Screenprinting

  1. 1

    Decide what you want the patch to look like and how big you want it to be. Keep the design as simple as possible. Use photo editing software to make the design the exact size you want, and print it on plain white paper.

  2. 2

    Separate the embroidery hoop's inner hoop from the outer hoop and stretch your mesh fabric over the inner hoop. Old stockings or sheer material works well for this. The inner hoop should be the size you want your patch to be. Embroidery hoops can often be found in craft stores for a few dollars.

  3. 3

    Pull the fabric tight, and put the outer hoop over the inner hoop and fabric. Tighten the outer hoop's screws to keep it in place. This will be your screen.

  4. 4

    Lay the screen with the fabric facing down over your image. Tape the image securely to the screen.

  5. 5

    Trace the outline of the image onto the screen fabric with a pencil. Flip the screen over and use a paintbrush to put Mod Podge or water-resistant glue in the image's negative space, or the space you don't want printed on the patch. Let it dry.

  6. 6

    Lay your patch fabric onto your workspace. Use old T-shirts, curtains or table cloths to save money. Place the screen with the fabric facing down on top of the patch where you want the design to be.

  7. 7

    Place some fabric ink onto the top of the screen, and spread it down over the design with a piece of cardboard. You may have to drag the ink up and down a few times to cover everything. Fabric ink can be found in craft stores for as little as £3.

  8. 8

    Slowly pull the screen away from the patch. Let the ink dry completely, and set it following the directions on the package; cut the patch fabric down to size, if needed.

  9. 9

    You can use your screen over and over to create several copies of the same patch.

    Iron-on Transfers

  1. 1

    Create and size your patch design in your photo editing software and print it onto printable iron-on fabric transfer sheets. These can range from about £3 to £19 at your local craft store. You can choose from clear sheets, white sheets and dark sheets to match your patch fabric.

  2. 2

    Follow the ironing instructions on the packaging. Cut the patch fabric down to size, if needed.

  3. 3

    Repeat on as many patches as you want.

    Custom Ordered Patches

  1. 1

    If you'd rather not make your own patches, you can always order custom-made patches.

  2. 2

    Search "custom patches" online in a search engine and find a site that suits your needs. Search for customer reviews elsewhere online for safety and quality assurance.

  3. 3

    Call or stop by your local T-shirt printing company and ask if they print patches.

  4. 4

    Ask the online company or the local T-shirt business if they have a group or bulk discount to get your group's patches for a cheaper price.

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