If you want to decorate an outfit, accessory, luggage piece or perhaps hats you can actually sew on badges to achieve the new look easily. Badges or patches when placed strategically can immediately alter the look of a garment or accessory and take it from boring to spunky in just a few minutes. When you've got children and they keep earning badges of merit you would want to sew them on. However, as intimidating as it might sound, sewing on badges is quite easy once you know how to do it.
To do this approach to sewing on a badge, start with placing the badge over the place that you want it. Now secure the badge well with some pins so it stays into position and doesn't shift when you're sewing it on. Now if you're putting the patch over a garment, you must fix the patch after which try the garment on to ensure that the patch or the badge looks most suitable in the place. If your patch requires a little readjustment it can be done at this time easily.
Now thread the needle making sure that the thread that you are using isn't very long. Keep the thread at a length of approximately 18inches for simple maneuvering. If your thread is simply too long then you might get bothered by knots. When you have the thread ready create a knot at the end of the thread. You can thread a needle manually by holding the non knotted end between your forefinger and thumb and then passing it via the eye of your needle. You could also get the aid of a needle threader if you find threading a needle like this difficult.
Pass the needle through the badge and also the fabric being sure that the knot is on the wrong side of the patch. Leave a space of 1/8th of an inch from where you began stitching keeping this distance from the last stitch all the time. Continue stitching around the entire perimeter of the badge till you have completely finished stitching it all the way through. Now knot the thread on the underside of the patch by looping your thread by way of a single stitch. Pull the thread securely to secure the knot after which you can cut off any excess thread that is left. Lastly remove the extra safety pins that you were using to secure the patch into position.
You can also sew on badges with the help of a sewing machine if you don't want to do the same yourself. Select a thread that matched the colour of the patch and then tread your machine. You can also pick a contrasting color with regards to the look that you want to present your badge. Once this is achieved you should start sewing you badge. Take advantage of the surface of the badge as your starting point and sew all along the edge of your badge using the regular stitch mode ending in your start line. Once done, cut any additional thread that connects the badge to the machine and your garment is ready for usage with the badge.