“Done before you know it. now go out and spread some morale!”
1 After you’ve selected your design, you’ll want to print it out using a laser printer onto a sheet of paper. Plain old copy paper will do. Be sure that the design is printed in reverse. This is important, otherwise your design will come out backwards. The printer’s preferences should allow you to do this.
2 Cut the design out of the paper. You don’t need to cut it to the final shape of your patch just yet; we’ll get to that a few steps later. For now, a general shape is fine.
3 Using a sponge brush, coat the printed design with the Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium paste evenly and generously. Be sure that you cover the image completely.
4 Place the piece of felt, which is used as the patch’s backing, directly onto the paste. Be sure to press out any wrinkles and to do this while the paste is still wet. Pat down on the felt to make sure the paper and felt are completely making contact.
You can flip it over and press on the paper side as well. Blot away excess paste with a damp cloth. 5 Allow the Mod Podge to dry for a good 24 hours or longer if you’re in a humid area. After it’s dry, wet the paper with water so that it’s wet. Let the water soak in a minute or two to soften up the paper.
6 By now, the Mod Podge has transferred your laser printout onto the felt backing. Using your finger, gently rub all of the wet paper off. As the paper is removed, you’ll begin to see your patch take shape. Re-wet the paper as needed to help further soften it up as you continue to rub it off.
7 Apply the adhesive-backed Velcro to the reverse side of the felt backing. There are several varieties of Velcro on the market; for this demonstration, we are using Velcro’s “Sticky Back for Fabrics” version.
8 Trim the patch to fit your design’s final desired shape and you’re done. You’ve now learned how to make your own custom morale patch. Now go out and spread some morale!