If you have a 4-inch hoop (which is actually more like 3.85”), many of the small designs on Urban Threads will fill out one or both of the maximum dimensions of your embroidery field – 3.85” x 3.85” and 3.85” x 2.75” are common design sizes. Which means there won’t be much room around the designs to add a patch border, unless you finesse things a little. While we officially recommend against resizing designs, stitchers often have success resizing them 5-10%. If your machine or software has this capability, you might give it a try and a test-sew with a UT design you already have, and see how you like the results. In many cases, though, this won’t be enough of a change to make it fit. If you have editing software, another option is to delete parts of the design to create a smaller one. Or, if you’re really unorthodox (and that’s why you’re here, right?), you might do like I did with the alien patch pictured above and run a light, scribbly design right off the edge. These patch borders will work well for this size range.
If you have a bigger hoop, this won’t be an issue, and you can use designs in the 3.85” x 3.85” and 3.85” x 2.75” range (and larger) on patches without resizing anything. These borders are likely to work well for you.
OK, here’s the choose-your-own-adventure part of the project. If you’re using embroidery software, keep reading for The High Tech Way. If you’re not, skip to The Low Tech Way.