I just shared this with my friend and thought I should send it to you! Unfortunately I told her AFTER she had ironed on five Scout patches…
Instead of sewing or ironing patches onto sashes or vests, glue them on! You can get fabric glue at any craft or fabric store (or well-stocked craft department in some big-box stores). Just spread the glue on the patch, press the patch onto the vest, let it dry, and voila! [VIOLA! Old joke. Couldn't resist. –Ed.] So easy, and they stay on so much better than when you iron them on.
Speaking as one who has very little experience with a needle and thread, but who still sewed a thick patch onto her kid's Taekwondo uniform, I say AMEN (and ouch). But with a caveat: if you intend to wash the item, make sure the glue specifically says it's washable.
This hack is perfect for Scout sashes or vests which get washed rarely if at all. But, in my experience, some fabric glue doesn't hold up well with repeated laundering.
For what it's worth, I found a local seamstress right across the street from the Taekwondo studio that sews patches onto uniforms for $5 apiece. Best $5 I've spent in a while.
Any fabric glue fans? What's your favorite brand?