How To Sew Patches On Leather

Sewing patches on leather can be a rewarding and practical way to personalize your leather garments or accessories. Whether you want to add a decorative touch or cover up a worn area, sewing patches on leather requires careful attention to detail to achieve a professional-looking result. In this article, we’ll discuss the tools and techniques you’ll need to sew patches on leather successfully.

1. Choose the Right Patch

Before you start sewing, choose a patch that is suitable for leather. Look for patches made from durable materials, such as denim or twill, that can withstand the rigors of sewing and wear. Measure to make sure that the patch is large enough to cover the area you want to repair or decorate.

2. Prepare the Leather

Before sewing the patch, prepare the leather surface by cleaning it with a damp cloth or a good leather cleaner like Skidmore’s or Meguiars to remove any dirt or debris. Allow the leather to dry completely before proceeding.

3. Position the Patch

Place the patch on the leather in the desired position, making sure it is centered and aligned correctly. Use pins to secure the patch in place, taking care not to pin through the front of the patch.

4. Needle and Thread

Choose a strong, heavy-duty thread that matches the patch’s color and a sharp needle suitable for leatherwork. According to Superior Threads, a bonded nylon thread in a heavy weight is the best thread for sewing leather. Thread the needle and tie a knot at the end of the thread.

5. Sewing Technique

Begin sewing the patch to the leather by inserting the needle from the back of the leather to the front of the patch, about 1/8 inch from the edge of the patch. Pull the thread through until the knot is snug against the leather.

6. Stitching

Using a simple running stitch or a saddle stitch, sew along the edge of the patch, making sure to sew through the patch and the leather. Space your stitches evenly and pull the thread tight to ensure a secure hold. Continue stitching around the entire edge of the patch until it is securely attached to the leather. For a demonstration of attaching a patch with a running stitch, look at my video where I attach a butterfly patch to a t-shirt.

7. Finishing

Once you have sewn around the entire edge of the patch, tie off the thread on the back side of the leather and trim any excess thread. If desired, apply a small amount of leather glue to the back of the patch to provide additional security.

8. Care and Maintenance

To keep your leather patches looking their best, avoid exposing them to excessive heat or moisture. If the leather becomes dirty, gently clean it with a damp cloth and allow it to dry naturally. Avoid using harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners, as these can damage the leather.

Final Thoughts

Sewing patches on leather is a straightforward process that can be accomplished with the right tools and techniques. By following these steps, you can personalize your leather garments and accessories with stylish patches that add a unique touch to your wardrobe.

Anne James

Anne James has a wealth of experience in a wide array of interests and is an expert in quilting, cooking, gardening, camping, mixing drinks (bartending), and making jelly. Anne has a professional canning business, has been featured in the local newspaper as well as on the Hershey website, and has been her family canner for decades. Anyone growing up in the South knows that there is always a person in the family who has knowledge of the “old ways,” and this is exactly what Anne is. With over 55 years of experience in these endeavors, she brings a level of hands-on knowledge that is hard to surpass. Amazingly, she doesn’t need to reference many resources due to her vast wealth of experience. She IS the source. Anne wants nothing more than to pass on her extensive knowledge to the next generations, whether that be family or anyone visiting her website, her YouTube channel, or

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