For a long time, enamel lapel pins have seemed to ruled the desires of many a consumer (I even have my own). But recently embroidered patches seem to challenging the hold that pins seem to have on everyone. So I thought I'd have a little look to find some of the best examples of embroidered patches created by small, independent makers.
helloDODO create a large range of amazingly cute and vibrant accessories, including a large selection of awesome patches. Their most recent patches have been inspired by their new pup, the adorable Hero.
2. Punky Pins
Already masters at the pin game, Punky Pins also sell quirky embroidered patches, from cactus, gem and macaron-themed patches to those that celebrate feminism.
I've always had a thing for hot air balloons, so I really adore this patch by Hannah Rosengren. All of her patches (and her whole catalogue) is inspired by the nature world.
Anyone else absolutely love Stranger Things? Just about everyone, then. Hand Over Your Fairy Cakes design a number of fan culture inspired patches, such as Star Wars and Firefly, along with other playful designs.
5. Tender Ghost
Tender Ghost's patches are adorable. From dog and floral themes, to patches with ghosts and aliens, their designs come with a lot of lovely lettering.
7. Bel's Art
Bel's Art whimsical and imaginative designs are really a joy to behold. Just look at her adorable characters! And she produces the largest patches I've found so far, at around 20cm!
A listing of wonderful embroidered patches wouldn't be complete without a mention of the always amazing Stay Home Club. Not only do they produce there own gorgeous examples, but they also work with artists and illustrators to produce incredibly original patches, such as this adorable corgi one designed by Julia Bereciartu.