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Old 01-26-2012, 05:11 PM   #1
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Question Patches...What To Do

I've been collecting patches from various places/peaks for a while now. Patches and bandanas are my typical souvenirs. I've always liked the patches (a boy scout remnant, probably) but I've never been able to figure out just what to do with them. I guess I'm somewhat picky. Id like to display them somehow on the trails. I've thought about putting them on my backpack but, like most packs these days, its like a nylon that I feel a little sketchy sewing patches on to. It also doesn't have a ton of space that I could put patches, when I get more.

Not the point, though. Does anyone else collect patches (or anything else for that matter)? What do you do with them? Thanks!
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Old 01-26-2012, 07:11 PM   #2
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A lot of my friends use contact cement to attach patches to their packs, rather than sewing them on, so that they don't have to worry about ruining the integrity of the pack by piercing it multiple times with a needle...
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Old 01-26-2012, 08:41 PM   #3
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I've been collecting patches from various places/peaks for a while now. Patches and bandanas are my typical souvenirs. I've always liked the patches (a boy scout remnant, probably) but I've never been able to figure out just what to do with them. I guess I'm somewhat picky. Id like to display them somehow on the trails. I've thought about putting them on my backpack but, like most packs these days, its like a nylon that I feel a little sketchy sewing patches on to. It also doesn't have a ton of space that I could put patches, when I get more.

Not the point, though. Does anyone else collect patches (or anything else for that matter)? What do you do with them? Thanks!
I had a ski buddy that collected souvenir pins from every ski area he ever skied. He used to keep all of them on a hat, eventually two hats, casually tossed over his living room furniture.

I used to keep stacks and stacks of ski area trails maps...it's fun to look back and see a mountain triple in trail count (although no new trails were created) and the vertical increase.

I also like souvenir coffee cups, but I don't know what to do with the too many that I already have!! I have some cherished cups that my kids made for me, I'll take them to my grave...
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Old 01-27-2012, 09:25 AM   #4
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I've been collecting patches from various places/peaks for a while now. Patches and bandanas are my typical souvenirs. I've always liked the patches (a boy scout remnant, probably) but I've never been able to figure out just what to do with them. I guess I'm somewhat picky. Id like to display them somehow on the trails. I've thought about putting them on my backpack but, like most packs these days, its like a nylon that I feel a little sketchy sewing patches on to. It also doesn't have a ton of space that I could put patches, when I get more.

Not the point, though. Does anyone else collect patches (or anything else for that matter)? What do you do with them? Thanks!
Glad you posted, I've often wondered the same thing...
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Old 01-27-2012, 02:33 PM   #5
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I collect Police Department patches - I have notebooks with CD holders - I place them in thbe holders - not great for displaying - but for cataloging it is good...
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Old 01-27-2012, 02:33 PM   #6
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A lot of my friends use contact cement to attach patches to their packs, rather than sewing them on, so that they don't have to worry about ruining the integrity of the pack by piercing it multiple times with a needle...
Another option could be gluing / sewing one side of velcro to the patch and the other side to where ever you would like to display the patches . That way you can keep the patches intact and re-use them as equipment changes ?
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Old 01-27-2012, 02:43 PM   #7
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One could sew them on to a piece of cloth and make something similar to a flag or banner.
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Old 01-27-2012, 05:50 PM   #8
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Get a nice wool coat/jacket and sew them onto that, like we used to do when in the Scouts years ago....
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Old 01-27-2012, 06:05 PM   #9
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Another option could be gluing / sewing one side of velcro to the patch and the other side to where ever you would like to display the patches . That way you can keep the patches intact and re-use them as equipment changes ?
I've though about doing this myself- I have a whole pile of patches that I've accumulated over the years that I've been meaning to affix to something...
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Old 01-28-2012, 02:54 PM   #10
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When I was young I would sew the patches on the pack - using dental floss so they would stay regardsless of the whacking.

Then the pack got a little too heavy from all the patches, so I switched to only having one or two patches of significant accomplishment. I remember there was a few years when I only had the 46 winter rocker on the pack - just "winter" That was back when the winter 46 was an accomplishment - meaning before the internet when you couldn't just follow broken trails.

Now, they are all in a shoe box, but I do have a few of them on the tack board in the office.
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Old 01-28-2012, 05:01 PM   #11
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Sewed a few onto my ancient canvas daypack. Many are under the glass top on my desk at the office. Looks nice.
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Old 01-31-2012, 01:51 PM   #12
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Another idea: mount them on a background color of your choice and frame them under glass as a wall hanging. I've seen this done with shoulder patches of corrections department uniforms from throughout the country.
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Old 01-31-2012, 02:18 PM   #13
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Make a quilt out of them
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Old 01-31-2012, 09:11 PM   #14
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Make a quilt out of them
Fran is in the process of making a quilt representation of our 46er journey. She is incorporating all of the patches we collected for the various peaks. She also sewed 46er patches onto our packs.

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Old 02-01-2012, 01:22 AM   #15
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I have a JBL one and my CRC Chapter one on my big pack. I display the chapter patch out of pride for our tiny group of great people. The JBL one is there just for fun I suppose. I have a small stack of others I thought had cool renderings on them. I don't know what I am going to do with them. I think the ADK Saddleback one is really nice, and have been trying to incorporate it somehow.
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Old 02-01-2012, 09:44 AM   #16
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Then there's my good friend who has made it an art form...but I'm not sure I'd want to add this much extra weight to my pack!

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