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How to Patch em up!

September 14, 2015 4 min read

We love seeing our jackets customised to suit dogs personalities. So we've made any easy to follow 'how to' for those keen to add your own patches to one of our raw denim jackets or even add additional patches to a jacket

Find out how we 'Patch em Up' and avoid your stitching coming through our jackets lining. It's super easy. 

Watch this quick instructional video (a cameo by our mate Willie)  - turn the sound up the tunes are fine!

Or check out the instructions below. 

Stuff your gunna need:

  • Sewing needle-

( For denim your going to need at least a medium width one to go through the tough fabric and patch.)

  • Thread that blends with the outer edge of your patch
  • Scissors
  • Sewing pins - to secure your patch.
  • Awesome patches and the gear you wanna patch up. 


  1. lay the garment out on a flat surface and begin placing your patches, rearrange until you get a good balance.                                                                                                                                                            
  2. Pin those suckers down! If your patch is an iron on we still suggest you add some stitches as those damn things always come loose. Bear in mind when buying patches that iron on are usually harder to stitch due to the glue layer. We like to only pin the first patch and make a mental note of where the others are going, it makes it easy to work with the garment - less chance of gettin stabbed. We repeat the laying out step with each patch.                                                                                                                    
  3. Thread your needle. You can either due single or double thread. Double is much stronger but to be honest we usually use single with no problem. Tie a knot at the end. 
  4. Begin! There are two ways, you can either go straight up through the lining of the jacket and into the outer rim of your patch (around 2mm in from the edge, this is usually just on the inside of the woven boarder)  If you use this method you will then need to gently pull your knot through the lining by pulling the lining and the garment away from each other until it pops through.  - Alternatively (but not as strong) you can go between the jacket and the patch having the knot sit in the middle and the first stitch holding the layers.                                                                                                                                                         
  5. Begin stitching!  Use stitches about 4mm or less. As you push down through the patch and the jacket pull the lining away and then guide the needle back up through the denim and patch.  Repeat this the entire way around.                                                                                                                                               
  6. Knot off your patch. To do this on your last stitch before you pull the loop flat come back around and thread the needle back through the loop then pull tight. We like to do this a few times 'to be sure-to be sure'.                                                                                                                                                                
  7. Rinse and repeat until your masterpiece of patches is complete. 

You can find awesome pre patched jackets on our site by clicking HERE  or get us to do the hard work and make you a custom jacket HERE

Pethaus Denim Vest                    pethaus custom denim dog vest

Matt recommends getting out a few of your favourite records for this task! His favourite patching album is 'Sabbath Bloody Sabbath'. 

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