How to Easily Attach Girl Scout Patches

how to easily attach girl scout (or boy scout) patches via #diy #girlscouts

I’m always wary to iron an embroidered patch or applique on anything…..I’ve learned my lesson through burning polyester, melting embroidery….and they never  stay put.  An much easier way to attach girl scout patches is a simple tube of fabric glue!   The trick is scratching the back of the patches with scissors to created a surface the patches can stick to (sandpaper works too). Just make sure you peel off any backing first….I learned that lesson the hard way as well!

how to easily attach girl scout (or boy scout) patches via #diy #girlscouts


And just to keep it real…’s the first pose I got:

I call it “sassitude”…..another recent girl scout project:

How to Make Simple Situpons (sit-upons) using vinyl table cloths (for girls scouts) via #girlscouts #diy


  1. Liz says

    This is mega useful and I love the Sassitude!
    You’ve got ads for this along the side of the page….tad bizarre!

  2. Sydney says

    My daughter just loves Girl Scouts!! She’s a brownie this year, she was a Daisy last year. Thanks for the tip. I have older boys, one’s an Eagle Scout, another one that’s just about Eagle and one that’s new to the troop and I’ve broken many a machine needle trying to sew their patches onto their sashes. Plus the Girl Scout patches have adhesive so that makes it almost impossible to sew them with a machine because the needle gets gummed up. I will be using the glue forever more. I hope Boo enjoys being a Daisy!

  3. Eileen says

    My Guides here in Canada are huge fans of the badge adhesive sheets sold in the Girl Scout shops. I have to make my sister take me to a Girl Scout store every time I visit her so I can stock up. It is kind of expensive, but it works great and the kids love the instant results.

  4. Steph says

    Much more polished than my mom’s go-to method – stapling the badges to my sash! We also made sit-upons, though they were newspapers wrapped in packing tape… ahh the good ol’ days! =)

  5. Lou O says

    Have you washed the uniform? Does this glue hold up? My experience with glue and washing has not been good so I sew on patches now. Just curious about the durability.

  6. Wendy P says

    I was just considering doing this for my daughter this week. She got all her new patches at the last meeting and sewing them on was a daunting task for me. Thanks for the nod in the right direction! :)

  7. Lisa Renata says

    Why didn’t I think of that?! I have tons of patches ive been svoiding to sew onto my little guy’s Cub Scout uniform. This makes it much easier. Thanks.

  8. Michelle says

    Thanks for sharing, we have done Girl Scouts for several years and I can attest that the included adhesive makes the patches impossible to sew on and the adhesive doesn’t last or work that well! So we will have to try this and see if we have more success.

  9. Jenn says

    I love the idea of using glue but you said to remove any adhesive from the back of the patch. Does that mean the stuff on the back that the patches come with so you can iron them on? If yes, how do you remove it?


    • says

      You don’t have to remove the adhesive. I was just talking about the paper that they put on the back of the adhesive. I forgot about it and my patch peeled right off!

  10. Ursula says

    Ashley – I hope that your daughter enjoyed being a Daisy and is ready for another year of Girl Scouts. I wanted to get an update and find out how her vest faired with the glue that you used.

  11. says

    I used this glue through 5 years of cub scouts with no problems. I used it for my daughter’s daisy vest, but every patch fell off. I also tried a glue that you iron on, but they fell off :( I had to hand sew all of them.