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How to Sew Badges to a Rainbow Uniform

The rainbow uniform is a part of the Junior Girl Scout Uniform. The Sign of the Rainbow unit is one of the first large projects that Junior Girl Scouts complete. The Rainbow badge has a prominent place in the middle of the Junior Girl Scout uniform. Sewing patches onto Girl Scout uniforms can be a challenge, but with the right techniques and tips, the process becomes much less complicated. The best way to sew on patches is with a sewing machine, but you can also sew the patches by hand using similar techniques.

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  1. Determine the placement of the badges. Each badge has a specific placement on each uniform. Some girls have badges sewn to a vest and others wear badge sashes. The rainbow badge typically is sewn to the middle of the sash or the middle of the right side on the vest.

  2. Tape half of the badge to the appropriate area of the uniform using masking tape.

  3. Choose a colour of thread that matches the badge colour. Red will often work with rainbow patches because there are so many colours and red is one of the outside edge colours.

  4. Sew the un-taped side of the patch to the uniform using a ¼-inch seam allowance. Remove the tape from the other side and sew it down as well. Use small stitches and work slowly.

  5. Stop sewing when you reach the end of one side of the patch. Remove the uniform, turn the uniform and patch by hand and then sew the other side of the patch. This will prevent the needle from catching on the sides of the patch as it turns.

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Things You'll Need

  • Masking tape
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread

About the Author

Brenda Priddy has more than 10 years of crafting and design experience, as well as more than six years of professional writing experience. Her work appears in online publications such as Donna Rae at Home, Five Minutes for Going Green and Daily Mayo. Priddy also writes for Archstone Business Solutions and holds an Associate of Arts in English from McLennan Community College.

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