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Embroidered Patches

Embroidered patches have been on my radar for the past few years, but I’ve never been able to find a jacket or bag that was patched to my taste. I started collecting patches back in 2015 when I found some at the Ed Sheeran concert in Seoul. Originally, I was planning to sew them onto a utility jacket, but I didn’t like how the bright green color looked against my olive colored utility jacket. Fast forward to this year: I saw an image of a backpack covered in patches by Marc Jacobs and decided to do a bit of D.I.Y! I added the patches from the Ed Sheeran concert as well as some patches related to London.

The thing I love most about this D.I.Y. project is that it represents in it’s entirety the things I like or simply designs that take my fancy. It’ll probably take a long time for me to fill up my “blank canvas” backpack, but I think in the end it will be well worth it.

I spent some time experimenting with the layout of the patches, before ironing them on to my bag. So far I think I like keeping patches with similar colors in similar areas. One thing I had liked about the Marc Jacobs version was that it had an overarching theme of “paradise.” I also liked the big, bold, and colorful patches that really grabbed the eye. Unfortunately, I haven’t found any patches like that so far. All the ones that I’ve been able to get so far have been rather small. I still really like the ones that I’ve collected so far though. They’re all very playful and add so much color to my backpack.

Some people might think it’s rather odd that I’ve placed a chicken on top of the double decker, but it symbolizes so many things for me. For one, it reminds me of the Blue Rooster that I saw the first time I visited London. The chicken is also special for me because both of my parents were born during the year of the rooster. There are a few other stories, but they’re mostly insider jokes so I’ll leave it at that!

Your Turn ♥ What are your thoughts on the patch trend? What kind of patches would you choose to customize your clothes or bags?

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  • It looks great! I feel like the patch trend is the badge trend 2.0. Seeing as I’m barely over patches, I totally like this new fashion. Well, new-old. I think they’re so cool, because you can really show your personality through them. Levi’s sells some, which I think are pretty cute, but probably not any bigger than the ones you have already.

    • Kim

      Ooh, I didn’t know that Levi’s had patches! I’ll have to take a look next time I’m at the mall :D It’s always so cool seeing what kind of patches or badges people get, because everyone is so different! Sometimes I ask if they have a story to go with the patch, and it’s always fun to hear about their different experiences!

  • Aaaah, that little guard is the cutestttt. I’ve always loved patches but I don’t really know if I’ll still like it in a few years. I guess I treat it like a tattoo haha!

    I think the patches from thesearethings.com are the cutest! They have sticker patches of a cute lil baby angel and devil and I’ve been contemplating on sticking them onto the straps of my backpack so it can be like a devil on one side and angel on the other. I think I’ll do that, actually! It’s been like a year since I wanted to ^^

    Becky @ star violet

    • Kim

      OMG they have a tabasco patch!! xD #iheartspicyfood
      I totally feel you on treating patches like tattoos. I got the green patches from the Ed Sheeran concert years ago, but it wasn’t until this year that I finally decided to pull the trigger! A devil & angel on each strap sounds soooo cute!! Send me a pic when you add them :D