If your child has come home with a Scout badge and you’re looking for the best way to attach it, we’ve got you covered! With our handy video, infographic and transcript, we’ll guide you through the equipment you’ll need, where to put your badge and 5 ‘super simple’ steps to attach it.
In addition to your child’s beaver, cub or scout jumper, you’ll need a badge, pin, needle, cotton and scissors.
Also, to make your life even easier you might want a needle threader and thimble.
Where to Put Your Badge?
Before you start, make sure you know where the badge should be on the uniform as different badge types should be attached to different areas. Click on the diagrams above to zoom in!
Scout badge placement is key, with your infographic below showing where to place your awards.
After, when you know your scout badge position, it’s time to sew your patch onto your uniform.
Pin Your Badge in Place
Your first step is to pin your badge in place, put your badge where you want it and use two pins, usually top and bottom, to keep it still.
Match Your Thread to the Badge
Let’s find the right thread to use, making sure you match your thread colour to the edge of the badge.
Thread Your Needle and Tie a Knot
Next, you want to tie a knot so your thread sticks in place (here’s where using a needle threader is really handy).
Start by sewing your garment from the inside out (you don’t need to sew into the badge at this stage). Now, insert the needle into the edge of the patch, catching a couple of threads.
Next, insert the needle into the jumper fabric alongside the edge of the badge and pull the needle back out again.
Repeat this until you’ve sewn around the edge.
Also, try to keep your stitches apart the same distance to keep them neat. This is called a slip stitch.
Tie a Knot and Cut the Thread
Last up is to tie a knot in your thread that you’ve sewn around the badge.
So, cut the thread right below the needle and knot the two halves together. If you have lots of thread left over, leave two or three inches to make tying the knot easier. Now, tie down to the fabric and cut any excess thread away.
Your Scout Badge is Attached!
And there’s 5 ‘super simple’ steps to attach a scout badge quickly and easily.
Now, you should have a correctly positioned, fully hand sewn badge on your cubs, beavers or scout’s jumper to show off at your next meet.