Embroidery is back in full force this fall and I’ve got to say I’m pretty excited about it, but I often find myself wishing the designs or placement were just slightly different. I was bummed about it for awhile until the solution hit me-iron on patches. Remember those?
I’m a total 90’s kid, so it’s not surprising my childhood fashion most definitely consisted of iron on patches and the occasional bout of bedazzling. I wore a jean jacket for years that was covered in patches of brightly colored flowers complete with my name bedazzled in pink jewels on the back, and much to my surprise that style has come back.
Sadly I couldn’t find a pic of that jacket, but never fear, you can admire some of my best 90’s fashion choices here:
Though today I’m not quite ready to fully dive back into all of my 90’s glory, when I found these cactus patches I immediately decided to create an updated and more tame version of my beloved jean jacket, and I LOVE it! I’ve got the embroidered trend with a slightly different take on the norm with cacti instead of flowers, and I was able to place them exactly where I wanted.
I used patches from this cactus set by Kikkerland. They have a number of fun sets that range in style and they’re pretty inexpensive. You can also find all sorts of patches Etsy and on Amazon. They should come with their own instructions, but the application is generally super easy-just placing a hot iron on the patch for a few minutes.
So grab a jean jacket, shorts, jeans, or whatever else you’re feeling, and make the embroidery trend work for you!