Hello! I’m K.T., Operations Specialist here at Maximum Fun. It’s nice to meet you.

So you’re joining or upgrading to $10 per month or above. First of all, thanks! You’re directly supporting one or more fantastic podcasts that wouldn’t exist without you and people like you, and you’re indirectly keeping this dog in fancy probiotic treats (by paying my salary).

You’ve done the hard part: picking which one of the 35 incredible patches you’d like for your thank-you gift. Now comes the other hard part…

Whatcha gonna do with that patch?

We’ve got some ideas. But before you get started, you’ll need to pick your favorite way to stick this to that.

  • Iron-on! Best for iron-safe fabrics (check the care tag to be sure), the sewing-averse, and folks in a hurry. May not result in the strongest bond, so if you’ll need to launder your project or you’re worried about security, you might want to consider…
  • Sewing! The classic. Maximum security and washability but takes some extra effort.
  • Glue! Hot glue, E6000, Gorilla–a world of glue awaits, though I’m going to be using exclusively hot glue here. It’s a great multipurpose choice for surfaces that aren’t flat, won’t stand for ironing, or don’t have to go through the washer. Magnets, phone cases, notebooks, koozies… A person with determination and a hot glue gun can put a patch on just about anything that won’t run away.

Tutorials! Want some? Of course you do!

Patch-Sewing for the Nervous and/or Impatient

Not gonna lie: hand-sewing can be intimidating. But sewing on a patch is the perfect introduction: it’s (relatively) quick, (relatively) forgiving, and if you hate it, it’s no trouble to snip the thread, pull the whole thing off, and start over. Could you slide a couple bucks to your local tailor or dry cleaner and have them sew it on for you? Absolutely! But where would be the fun in that?

You can do this. Give it a shot.

You’ll need:

  • A patch and something to sew it to
  • A sharp, sturdy sewing needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Iron and ironing board (optional)
  • Pins or masking tape (optional)

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MaxFun Messenger Bag (iron-on, sewing)

This handsome and functional bag is available to everyone who joins or upgrades to the $35 monthly level–and it’s 100% cotton, which makes it a great candidate for iron-on patches. (The actual bag will have the rocket logo embroidered on the flap, but for this tutorial you’re going to have to imagine that bit. I left a nice blank space in the middle for you to imagine in.)

You’ll need:

  • A messenger bag
  • A thin press cloth (I used a tea towel but a pillowcase works too)
  • One or more patches
  • An iron and an ironing board
  • Pins (optional but helpful to secure the bag to the board)

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Mini Pennants (glue)

Inspired by Erin Garcia Mañalac’s tutorial at Jenny Lemons, these materials and instructions will give you pennants that are 5″ high and about 8″ long. Feel free to customize to suit yourself–just make sure the pennant will be big enough for your patch before you cut.

You’ll need:

  • A patch
  • A 9″x12″ sheet of felt
  • A 12″ dowel
  • Hot glue gun
  • Your custom Blackwing 602 from the 2022 MaxFunDrive Creativity Pack or another, lesser pencil
  • Some kind of straight edge
  • Pins (optional)

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Hat (glue)

Here’s an example of choosing your method according to the materials. If I had a nice floppy hat made of mostly natural fiber–say, a cotton bucket hat–I’d iron a patch on that sucker in an instant. That… is not what I have. I have a polyester cap I picked up at the craft store for $2.99 and it is a weird and not very flexible shape. I’m not going to get good contact with my iron–and even if I did, there’s a chance I might melt the poor thing. Hot glue it is!

You’ll need:

  • A hat
  • A patch
  • Hot glue gun
  • Big towel
  • Little towel
  • Pins and/or sharp scissors (optional)

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Magnet (glue)

You can always order fresh magnets online if you need some. But first, have a look at your fridge! You just might have a weird ugly magnet someone probably got for free a double-digit number of years ago that you’ve never bothered to throw away. Weird Ugly Magnet, today you will be reborn.

You’ll need:

  • A weird ugly magnet
  • A patch
  • Hot glue gun
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Rag or small towel

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No-Sew Wall Hanging (various)

This is where we put it all together. You’re going to measure things! And cut things! You’re going to iron! There will be hot glue! There might even be… sewing. (But only if you want to.)

This is what you’ve been training for. This is for all the marbles.

You’ll need:

  • A piece of woven fabric about 18″x22″
  • Fusible bonding tape/web (I used Lite EZ-Steam II), 1/2″ wide
  • A 12″ dowel
  • Ironing board and an iron
  • A press cloth
  • Sharp scissors or rotary cutter with mat
  • A pencil
  • Some kind of straight edge and something to measure with (a big ruler does both but you can improvise)
  • Yarn or twine
  • Hot glue (optional)

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If you have any questions about these tutorials or you just want to show off your creations, hit up my Twitter (@ktwiegman). I can’t wait to see what you make.