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GirlOutNumbered Tue 07-Jun-16 21:39:04

My son recently enrolled and has three badges I need to sew on.

Whilst I am familiar with the concept of sewing, I have never sewn anything. The thought of having to sew a badge on is making me sweat.

Could I stick them on with glue?? This is 2016, there must be a sensible solution out there??

iamdivergent Tue 07-Jun-16 21:41:51

I used wonder web in beavers, dd is now a scout and she sews her own on - she learnt off of her gran.

eosmum Tue 07-Jun-16 21:42:02

Wondaweb. Iron them on.

WorraLiberty Tue 07-Jun-16 21:42:44

Just sew them.

There'll be 100s of internet tutorials showing you how to do it.

You can then teach your son, once you're learned.

starry0ne Tue 07-Jun-16 21:43:02

There is such a thing as badge glue..However be aware the staged awards need transferring to cubs uniform when they move up

ComaToes Tue 07-Jun-16 21:45:22

Do you know anyone who you can swop this bit of sewing for something they can't do / hate doing? I can sew but hate it, and tend to see if my friend will do it for me in return for some babysitting, or something like that.

Alternatively, I think most dry cleaners have a sewing machine and would probably not charge you very much as it's a quick and easy job for them.

GirlOutNumbered Tue 07-Jun-16 21:50:44

Worraliberty That's genius. I can do it with him! He learns to sew, I have the excuse that 'we did it together!@

GirlOutNumbered Tue 07-Jun-16 21:51:30

I do like the wonderweb idea too. I wasn't sure if the badges were too thick.

rookiemere Tue 07-Jun-16 21:51:50

You can buy badge glue.
I thought it was my saviour, until I put one on in the wrong place. Left a horrid glue patch. Now I sew - is a lot easier now have new glasses and can see the needle head. But if you don't know how to sew then go for the badge glue.

deepdarkwood Tue 07-Jun-16 21:52:24

I have two kids- we have gone through beavers/Cubs and are now at scouts level. I copydex badges and have done for years. If the scouting movement was run by women I reckon the badges would be iron on by now. We've never had a badge fall off in the washing machine, and only s very few badges transfer up (& you can just order copies online if you can't get 'em off - but I've always managed it.
www.amazon.co.uk/Copydex-Bottle-Adhesive-125-ml/dp/B0001OZIFW (I get mine from john Lewis to avoid Amazon (bloomin tax dodgers...)

GirlOutNumbered Tue 07-Jun-16 21:58:03

Thank you all, I knew mumsnet would help.
smile

ineedaholidaynow Tue 07-Jun-16 21:59:56

It really isn't difficult, although I can remember when DS got his first Beaver badges, I just couldn't work out how to sew them on to the sleeves of the jumper confused. However, I soon got the hang of it, and eventually you can get your DS to do it.

Sewing is best rather than glue etc, as you will need to transfer some of the badges at some stage. DS has a camp blanket which his Beaver and Cub badges have been sewn on to, now he is in Scouts.

I now help out some parents who struggle with sewing them on. DS also does some. We have only had a few occasions when one of us has sewn all the way through the sleeve or body of the jumper so DS can't actually get it on grin

Reindeerlily Tue 07-Jun-16 22:13:33

This made me laugh! I can't sew for love nor money.
When my ds was in junior school he had a part in a play as an elf or something. Two pieces of material were sent home for the mums to sew together. I did as best I could until he was on stage and it started unraveling in front of everyone! Poor boy.
The next night he wore a different outfit and I was never asked to sew again!

Sighing Tue 07-Jun-16 22:18:04

It's a life skill. Why don't you sit fown with him so he can learn too? I had to sew on all of my Brownie badges, it doesn't take too long and because you're just catching the border it doesn't need to be neat.

WitchDancer Tue 07-Jun-16 22:19:31

Be aware that they might want them transferring to a camp blanket and glue will make it a right pain in the backside

Permanentlyexhausted Tue 07-Jun-16 22:30:46

If the scouting movement was run by women I reckon the badges would be iron on by now. We've never had a badge fall off in the washing machine

Hmm, Girlguiding is run by women and they don't have iron-on badges. Thankfully, or it would have been more of a nightmare when my DD grew out of her uniform and needed a new one, and not so easy to flog the old one! Badge glue is the work of the devil. I am endlessly picking up badges that have fallen off my Brownies' uniforms because the glue comes unstuck.

MaureenMLove Tue 07-Jun-16 22:35:43

I used to safety pin the Brownie badges onto DDs sash! And my own on my Guiders uniform. blush.

michy27 Tue 07-Jun-16 22:39:40

I'm a Scout Leader and mine are wonderwebbed on! They've stayed put for years.

OhMrBadger Tue 07-Jun-16 22:48:37

*Top Tip*

Wash the sweatshirt before you sew anything on in case it shrinks in the wash!

You're welcome. grin

Permanentlyexhausted Tue 07-Jun-16 22:50:11

The only badges I have on my Guiders uniform are metal pin ones. grin

puppydogmummy Tue 07-Jun-16 23:13:47

DSS in army cadets I hot glue gunned his badges on as thick fabric was too sore to sew and couldn't be arsed

budgiegirl Tue 07-Jun-16 23:40:32

Glue all the way here ! 3 children through cubs/scouts, and I'm a cub leader - that's a lot of badges, and I hate sewing. I use Loctite, I've never had a badge come off. When the staged ones have had to be moved, I've just pulled them off and reglued to the new uniform with no problems.

GirlOutNumbered Wed 08-Jun-16 07:42:36

Ok, so nice decided to take the challenge of actually sewing them on with DS help.
Should I use the same cotton colour as the badge or the jumper!?

CarpeJugulum Wed 08-Jun-16 07:46:09

Same colour as the badge rim, then the stitch over the top won't be seen.

SideOrderofChip Wed 08-Jun-16 07:47:15

I would say use the same colour as the ring of the badge

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