Custom Patch Designs?

Discussion in 'Costuming and Props' started by Sarge, Jul 20, 2013.

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  1. Sarge Chosen One

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    Oct 4, 1998
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    I'd like to get a couple of patches made up to Velcro onto my Air Force issue flight suit. Does anybody know a source for getting patches made in small batches (like, two)?

    I have two ideas right now. One is a drawing of a Corellian banshee bird with the motto "Razorwing Squadron." The other is an A-wing that says "MAY THE THRUST BE WITH YOU."

    If I have to order a bigger batch, would anyone be interested in buying those?
  2. Sarge Chosen One

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  3. Commander-DWH Shiny Costuming & Props Manager

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    I don't know of anyone who will make just two patches, to be honest- if that's all you want, then you're best off finding a friend with an embroidery machine and digitizing software who will make them for you.

    You'll also want to reduce the detail on the patches. Shading is tricky, and fine details often won't even show up on an embroidered patch. The more stylized you can make it, the better.

    In my two-minute google search mission, I saw that custompatches.net will make small quantities, but you can't order fewer than six of each, and the prices for custom patches at that quantity is quite high. The more patches you order, the cheaper they'll be. But in all seriousness, I think finding an embroidery machine is your best bet.
    Last edited by Commander-DWH, Jul 23, 2013
  4. Sarge Chosen One

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    I think you're right, DWH, it probably would cost an arm and a leg. I got spoiled by some of the shops at overseas bases where they'd make custom military patches dirt cheap. And I know what level of detail and shading shows up in patches; those pics are more for concepts than exact depictions of the final product.
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