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Custom patches?

Discussion in 'Puppet News' started by mrhogg, Mar 30, 2009.

  1. mrhogg

    mrhogg Well-Known Member

    Hey everybody,

    I was curious to know if anyone knows of a way to get custom embroidered patches (like this:http://battlestar.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/ebl252.jpg), or a good way to simulate it.

    I was thinking that short of ordering a run of custom patches (when I'll need somewhere between 4 or 6), I could get some foam/fabric, and use some fabric paint to simulate the depth.

    What do you think?
  2. Klarkkent

    Klarkkent Member

    You might be able to create it with an iron-on version of that photo. The quality might not be what you're looking for though. Nothing beats the real thing, but iron-ons would be cheaper and quicker.
  3. mrhogg

    mrhogg Well-Known Member

    That could work. Or maybe a combination of the two, where I thickly paint over a printout with fabric paint.
  4. TheCreatureWork

    TheCreatureWork Well-Known Member

  5. mrhogg

    mrhogg Well-Known Member

    I hadn't, no, thanks for the link. I'm thinking that they should be smaller, as they're for the puppets, which are 1/4 scale, or something like that. The reduction in size will also allow for me to simplify the design somewhat.
  6. TheCreatureWork

    TheCreatureWork Well-Known Member

  7. Toasty

    Toasty Well-Known Member

    I haven't tried them personally, but CafePress started offering embroidery for designers selling items on their site.

    Here's a sample...

    The items available for embroidery are limited, but as a "shopkeeper" (which is free to setup) you can probably buy that type of hat with your custom patch on it for about $17. With the small puppet-size scale that you need, you might be able to squeeze 2 patches side-by-side (in 1 design) and cut them apart after.

    Then just trim the whole thing off the hat and attach to the puppet.

    It's still costly, but could be an option for a truly custom outcome.
  8. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    I was going to suggest checking out Cafepress too, or similar sites like Zazzle. Any time I've needed custom embroidered patches I've had them professionally made and it is expensive.

    You can actually hand embroider your own patches with a needle and embroidery floss. If you browse some of the DIY sites like Craft you might find a good method or tutorial. There may even be low-cost embroidery machines on the market now (they used to cost upwards of $1000).
  9. MuppetCaper

    MuppetCaper Well-Known Member

    Try Ebay sometimes you might find one there.
  10. mrhogg

    mrhogg Well-Known Member

    There are BSG patches on eBay -- there're a bunch, actually -- but I was looking to get something smaller. I think I'm going to go the fabric-painting-a-circle-of-fabric route, as that seems by far the cheapest (and probably even the quickest).

    Thanks for the help, everybody. It's really appreciated!
  11. staceyrebecca

    staceyrebecca Well-Known Member

    You can request customized items on Etsy...People who do machine embroidery are usually fairly interested in doing custom work there. Be realistic when you pitch your ideal price. They'll let you know what their work is worth, though.

    I've worked with a few people on Etsy for embroidery before..if you want, I can give you their names directly. Their only concern would be copyright infringement. Some people care about it more than others.
  12. Mary84

    Mary84 New Member

    I know...topic is old, but i'm looking for muppets embroidered patches in canada. I need just 3 pieces - not more. But every company which i have wrote to, says that i must order minimum 10 pieces or more :/
    Do You have any propositions?
  13. Buck-Beaver

    Buck-Beaver Well-Known Member

    I think the advice above is still valid...if you want small quantities and don't want to make a minimum order of around 10 you need to find someone who can do custom work via a site like Etsy.

    It is a lot of work to make a one-off custom embroidered patch...for most people it is not worth the time and effort for just one unfortunately.
  14. crazy chris

    crazy chris Well-Known Member

    Mustve missed this post the first time around... We had a bunch of patches embroidered by a local embroidery shop and YES it is a bit expensive... but well worth it for authentic looking high quality costuming! Everytime i look at a character wearing one of the patches im super proud of it! lol
    Buck-Beaver likes this.

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