Easy stitched big age birthday badge tutorial.

My little boy turned six years old this month. You might have read my post last week about the cosmic space themed party I created for him. Birthdays are so exciting especially  when you are little. I love it when my kids bubble over with excitement in anticipation of the party and all the birthday fun. Over the years I have managed to hone my party/birthday prep so I can manage to fit it all into a fairly busy schedule, and duly avoid massive disappointment. Despite having a lot of fun at parties held at play centres and other venues my two love their homemade parties with all the trimmings. They have a list of exciting things likely to happen and want to help with every element, its a special time.

On the actual birthday (generally a school day :-( )for the last couple of years my little girl has wanted to wear a big badge with her birthday age on. Something this time that I completely forgot about, but was kindly reminded of by my daughter…the day before Joe’s real birthday. Luckily I sorted out a quick badge idea a couple of years ago so it was easy to call upon this idea again and make a badge in time for school the next morning.

The badge is made from scraps of fabric and very quick and easy to make. I like to make them in the theme of the forthcoming party, so for this badge I used scraps of fabric from the shirt I made him and added a felt rocket. You don’t need to buy anything to make this badge providing you have some scraps so I thought it would be a good project to share.


Scraps of fabric

Scraps of interfacing

Scraps of fleece/batting/thick fabric

Safety pin




You can download the pattern for all numbers here.

number badges 1-4

number badges 5-8

number badges 9-0


How to make:

  1. Cut out the number template you want to use. Find two scraps of fabric a little bit bigger than the pattern. Apply a fairly stiff interfacing to the back of one of the scraps, again slightly bigger than the number template. If you don’t have firm interfacing you can use two or three layers of lighter interfacing. You can definitely make this about utilising the scraps you have rather than buying anything. Also find some similar sized pieces of batting or fleece or anything with a bit of body. For this one I found some fairly light weight fleece and cut two pieces to give enough body to the badge. Lay all the pieces together to check the overall thickness. You want the badge to have enough body to hold its shape but not so much that you can’t get it through the sewing machine.

2. Lay all the fabrics on top of each other with the right sides of the fabric on the top and the bottom. Draw around the number template in the centre of the fabric. Pin around the edges to hold all the layers together.

3. Stitch around the chalk outline as carefully as you can. Using a small stitch helps.

4. Cut around the number about 2mm away from the stitch line. Using a tight wide zig zag stitch, stitch around the edges of the badge letting the needle come off the edge of the badge to cover the edges neatly.

5. If you want to add extra embellishment you could cut out a shape in felt to add to the badge. As Joe’s party was going to be space themed I cut out some simple shapes to built a mini rocket. It was an ideal opportunity to try out this fabric glue pen kindly sent to me by the lovely people at Stix 2. The glue is pink but dries clear and is designed to use on fabric. It was the perfect way to hold the felt pieces together while I carefully stitched them on the sewing machine. A little bit fiddly but achievable this way.

6. Place the felt embellishment on the badge and stitch in place by hand or by machine if possible.

7. On the reverse simply stitch a safety pin somewhere near the top, if you stitch near the head of the pin and the base it will hold nice and securely in place.

Pin on to birthday boy or girl and off to school proudly shouting about their birthday!

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Julia Claridge

I was about 6 or 7 years old when I had my first go on a sewing machine, it was an old hand crank machine that my mum used with her patients, she was an occupational therapist. I still vividly remember watching with amazement as the tiny perfectly formed stitches were created as I turned the handle. I Grew up in the 70’s and 80’s when buying clothes was less affordable and dressmaking was an answer to updating your wardrobe more regularly. My own mother was a talented dressmaker who made most of my clothes and my sisters clothes as well as a many for herself. I soon got involved with making my clothes, I loved the whole experience of picking out fabrics, trims and a pattern to create a new outfit, then going home to make a new garment or outfit. When it came to leaving school I visited a careers advisor who asked what I wanted to do next. My answer was ..Sew! Read more...

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