Tools and Materials
A lot of Italian patches were made from wool or used wool material in them. To replicate this I used readily available
craft felt, starch and ironed flat. Some felt required several tries at starching some came out pretty nice on the first
try. What this did was make the felt much flatter and easier to work with as it became almost as stiff as cardboard
and easily cut with simple scissors.
Other materials widely used in Italian patches were metallic threads, but I didn't need any for these projects.
Some simple tools I used. Surgical scissors, hemostats and fabric glue. I really like using this glue for
fabrics. It bonds fairly quickly, Rarely leaves any residue and is very similar to white glue so it isn't toxic nor
will it glue your fingers together. I actually prefer this type of glue over Fabric Tac.
Some more materials I used for these projects. This is embroidery thread. It comes in many colors, shades
and even in metallic thread. Very cheap and easy to find one roll with go a long, long way. The stars are military
ribbon devices. These little metal stars come in three colors, silver, bronze and gold. The Italians used a lot
of stars on their uniforms and these fit perfectly. The going price for these is $.75 cents a piece.
First I cut a pattern out of paper to get the right look and angles. This can be surprisingly difficult but making
mistakes with paper is much more painless than using up prepared materials. Next I cut out the base material and chevrons.
I used the hemostats to handle the tiny pieces and glue them together with the fabric glue.