How to sew on a Scout badge. In 7 years or less.

March 15th, 2011

After seven years of my boys walking around with badges that look like they were sewn on by Dr. Frankenstein, I finally figured out how to do the job quickly and tidily. This is not a D-I-Y blog, but this kind of domestic breakthrough needs to be shared with all the other home ec dunces of the world.

Clockwise from the top left:

  1. Match thread to the color of the uniform. Or not (see Step 3). Pin badge securely in position.
  2. Turn the area to be sewn inside out. If it’s a pocket, pull it out, so you don’t sew it shut.
  3. Sew along the ridge formed by the edge of the badge with whatever kind of stitch you call this. The needle is only piercing the underside of the embroidered border through the fabric, so not only does it glide through smoothly, the thread doesn’t show on the front of the badge at all. As long as your stitches don’t stray outside the badge rim, it doesn’t ¬†matter how ugly the stitches are or what color you use.
  4. Cut and knot the thread. Turn uniform right side out and behold your expert handiwork. Sing that line from “Tiny Dancer.” ¬†You’re a seamstress for the baa-and…

5 Responses to “How to sew on a Scout badge. In 7 years or less.”

  1. Michelle says:

    Thank you so much! Those darn badges are so hard to sew through. My fingers and my sewing machine both appreciate this information.

  2. Lennie says:

    Nice tip! I might even sew on his patch before next fall…

  3. Scott says:

    I have struggled for 13 years sewing these badges on and never improving! Finally went to embroidery glue for most. What a mess!
    My Son is now an Eagle and no more badges! I will now most likely add badge to my leader’s shirt to see how easy it could have been!
    This is a great tip that will be passed on to our Troop.

  4. Richard Bright says:

    Having made a right mess of my son’s few badges, I am so glad I found this. Hopefully your tip will help me transform his shirt from something that looks like I hurled the needle and thread at the badges from 10 paces.

  5. kirsten Smith says:

    I think I love you! ;o)

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