Even as a child, I always enjoyed building my collections. I collected badges, novelty erasers and posters until the walls of my room were completely covered. There is something about building a collection that hasn’t really left me in my adult years.
The ‘flair’ trend has been going strong for a couple of years now and I just love it so much! Not only have retailers added it to fashion items such as jackets and overalls with patches, but designer makers are bringing a unique angle to the pin and patch trend with so many witty and fun designs. You only have to search the #pingame tag on Instagram to see how popular the flair trend has become!
One of the great things about the pin and patch community is that once you have built a collection, you can swap with other collectors to grow and change your collection for rare or unique patches. I am starting my collection with some sew on patches and have recently discovered iron-on patches which you can also add to jackets or bags to personalise them.
I have started a patch tote on this inexpensive denim bag – hopefully, in a few months, it will be completely covered in designs. I’ve also seen people adding patches to dresses which is a super cute idea! One of my favourite things is to use a patch to mend a rip in jeans, it means your jeans have a longer life and will be one of a kind.
If you are feeling confident, why not try embroidering your own patch? You could try a cross stitch version or use satin stitch embroidery to create a design. Back it with bond-a-web and you’ll have a sticky iron-on version of your own. Then you really will have the rarest flair of all!
Are you into the patch and pin trend? What items do you enjoy collecting? We’d love to hear from you!