Make a Custom Sweatshirt with Patches

Chenille patches have been making a comeback recently and adorn everything from backpacks and caps to sweatshirts! Sometimes though, looking in all the stores and scouring the internet you still can’t find exactly what you are looking for, so you may just have to put on your DIY hat and make a custom sweatshirt with patches!

All the custom sweatshirts I made laying out on bed

You know I love to DIY everything, and how sometimes when I can’t find what I’m looking for, at the price I want to pay I build the furniture instead of buying it…well, I couldn’t find a sweatshirt that I wanted either, so I made a custom sweatshirt with patches and I’m sharing just how easy it was with you all!

I had seen some really cute chenille patch sweatshirts online that had the word Mama or Love on them. I was looking for something a little more, I don’t know, just different than that! When I saw how cheap you can get the chenille patches, I had to make some custom sweatshirts with patches for myself!

How freaking cute are they? And oh my gosh, the options are ENDLESS!!! It makes me crazy, and I now know why people open Etsy shops selling stuff like this, I can’t possibly wear all the sweatshirts I want to make!🤭

Check out the Be Kind sweatshirt, everyone needs a Be Kind sweatshirt, and how adorable is it in that yellow and blue?!😍

Be Kind sweatshirt with chenille patches

The next one may be my absolute FAVORITE, and the real reason I had to make a custom sweatshirt, it is a Marshmallow sweatshirt! No, I do not like the artist Marshmello…I mean, no offense to that marshmallow head DJ, I like his music and all, but I am talking about Veronica Mars Marshmallows! IYKYK M’kay!

Veronica Mars Marshmallow custom sweatshirt

I wish I would have used all the same color letters on this one, but I love it still!

Custom sweatshirt says Marshmallow from Veronica Mars

Veronica Mars is probably my absolute favorite show ever, so it was only fitting that I make a custom sweatshirt that reminds me of my love affair with LoVe! Don’t even make fun of me for my 12-year-old girl’s choice in shows! 🙈🤣 I am what I am!😅 A BIG A$$ DORK!😂🤣

The most mature custom sweatshirt on the list is this initial one! I love the simplicity of the patches, letting the sweatshirt be a little bolder and patterned! I wore it the other day in Walmart and had two compliments on how cute it was! 🥰

Initials patches on leopard sweatshirt
Initial sweatshirt leopard with blue CT

And of course, I HAD to make one that says DIYer…but man I wish I would have ordered the larger size and made DIY large and er small! Dang it, I hate it when that happens! 🤪

DIYer custom sweatshirt with smiley face

Y’all these sweatshirts are my favorite too, they are from Wal-Mart and I am not even kidding, they are a lighter weight so I can wear them longer, especially here in Texas I can pretty much wear them all fall, winter, and spring! But the fit is perfect, loose but not make you look larger than you really are loose! And the best part…they cost $9.50 and every Wal-Mart still has a ton of them!

Make a Custom Sweatshirt with patches

Want to get to work making your own custom sweatshirt? Let’s do it!

If you enjoy no-sew, fun projects that are easy to create you may also like this DIY gnome pillow cover, or these adorable no-sew holiday gnomes!

Gathering Supplies to Make a Custom Sweatshirt

Materials Needed to make a custom sweatshirt:

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Make a Custom Sweatshirt

After you have chosen your sweatshirt, your patches, and you have gathered your supplies, you can make a custom sweatshirt! It is so easy, I mean whoever you get the sweatshirt from did all the work! Lol! All we have to do is add to it to make it custom and cute!

Figuring out the layout of your patches on your custom sweatshirt

Figuring out the layout is the hardest part, making sure it’s all evenly spaced and straight across the sweatshirt is the longest and hardest part! I used the sewing measuring tape to help measure, I also used a regular ruler to help make sure it was all straight!

I first just laid the patches out on the sweatshirt to see what design I was wanting to create!

laying out the patches on the sweatshirt spelling DIYer with a smiley face patch

Once the letters are lined up roughly how you want them, make sure the middle ones are lined up exactly where you want them and remove the others. I only attached the Y and the smiley face at first, this just makes it easier to keep everything lined up and not sliding!

Make sure the iron is on the highest, cotton-linen setting…as long as your towel is 100% cotton.

showing the iron on the hottest setting

Then, as carefully as possible throw the cotton hand towel over them and set the iron down on top of the towel where you know the letters are. Do not iron back and forth, leave it in one spot for around 2 minutes or even a little more, then lift it up and move it to where you need it and set it down again!

Kitchen towel over the patches and the iron on top

Make sure to hold it on the letters for a couple of minutes.

holding the iron in place over the patches

Flip the sweatshirt over and iron the letters the same way from the inside…no ironing back and forth, just set it and press. I pressed them from the inside for about 7 minutes to make sure they were well heated. I even would shoot one puff of steam just to make sure it was as hot as possible! You do not need to have anything over the sweatshirt again, make sure it’s 100% cotton or adjust your temp settings based on fabric!

You can ever so lightly see the Y and the circle of the smiley face below!

the inside of the sweatshirt to iron on the patches

Don’t get the sweatshirt real wet or anything with the steam, just one puff on each area!

Let it cool, flip it back to the front so you can add the rest of the letters!

showing the custom sweathsirt after adding the Y and the smiley face
Using a ruler to line up the letters on the sweatshirt

Note, I measured from the top of the neck of the sweatshirt on both sides of the neck down to the ruler with the sewing tape to make sure the ruler was straight!

It may not be PERFECT, but luckily when you put it on, it’s not completely obvious! Lol! Doing the words in smaller sections did seem to help keep everything lined up though!

Anyway, repeat the exact same steps as when adding the Y and smiley face to the rest of the letters, I did do the rest of them all at once just making sure to lift, not ironing back and forth when moving the iron!

Lay the kitchen towel over the patches and set the iron in place, first on the letters on the left and then the new letters on the right!

adding the rest of the patches to the DIYer sweatshirt

Flip it over and press them on the inside as well!

ironing the patches to the inside of the sweatshirt

After you have applied all the letters or smiley faces, or whatever patches you chose, let them cool, and guess what…you’re done making your custom sweatshirt! Boom! Go show that baby off around town…or the house if you are like me and really just want them for lounging! Lol!

DIYer custom sweatshirt with smiley face

They are so cute! If you make a custom sweatshirt with patches, please tag me and let me see it! @theinspiredworkshop I can’t wait to see what you do with them, I want to make so many more! Lol!

Happy Sweatshirt Making!😉

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Make a custom sweatshirt with chenille patches collage of photos of the sweatshirts I made
Collage of photos of custom sweatshirts I made, be kind sweatshirt, DIYer sweatshirt, initial sweatshirt, and veronica mars sweatshirt
DIY custom sweatshirt made with chenille patches
DIY custom sweatshirts with collage of photos of them!
Collage of photos of the DIY custom sweatshirts I made up close shots of the DIYer, Be KInd, and MarshMallow sweatshirts
Make a Custom Sweatshirt with Patches


    1. Hey April! I have washed and dried mine and they all have held up just fine! If you want to play it safe you can hang dry them, but they look good as the first day I wore them even with drying them!😁 Hope that helps! Thanks for stopping by, have a good one!

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