3D Instructions - Ivan
How to fold your 3D Patch
Here are the instructions to fold your 3D Ivan. This is only a recommendation as you can find other ways to turn your patch 3D! If you find a better way - please let us know, if it easily replicated to the masses, you may win some free stuff!
I will refer to 2 parts of the vehicle - profile (the side view) and the middle (the part between the two profiles).
Listed are two ways of making your patch 3D
Step 1: Un-package your new 3D morale patch
Step 2: Remove loop backing
Step 3: Bend at lines in the direction that will match the contour of the profile of the truck
You will really want to work these bends since it is a thick patch not a piece of paper. Don't be afraid to bend it all the way over on itself. The hook backing may bubble underneath - however, it is sewn on so you do not have to worry about it coming off! The more your bend it, the easier it will be later on. Over time it will work it will become more pliable - just keep working at it! The small front grill portion is very important to bend a lot since it is thick in a small area.
Don't worry, you can always flatten it out later by pressing it flat against a surface and bending the seams the opposite way!
Step 4: Cut the loop backing
You will want to cut the profiles of the vehicle away from the center part
Step 5: Place loop profiles onto the hook profiles
Place these loop backs a little bit off center from the hook counter part. You want the loop to be away from the bottoms of the tires and overlapping the middle portion of the vehicle. This overlapping portion is where the middle part contours to the profiles.
Step 6: Start forming your vehicle
Bend the profiles in towards each other. Work one at a time. You will want to press the loop against the profile and pull the overlapping section into the center of the middle. This will pull the profile inwards and not be splayed out. Press the loop into the hook to secure it in place.
Pushing both profiles in while pulling the loop towards the center of the middle. You can see how to overlapping loop section fills in the matching areas of the middle.
Step 7: Work the contours
This is where it gets a little tricky. Some of these extreme angles are a little tough to get right (later versions of 3D patches will not have these small areas and angles as we have learned). You will want to press the patch into the loop (the windshield and rear window are the harder parts to contour). Go between steps 6 and 7 to get it right. Just continue mashing, pulling, and bending.
Note - it will not be a perfect contour right away unless you worked the bends real well. Even then there may be tiny gaps. Since this is the first foldable moral patch there are some kinks that will be worked out in future versions!
Step 8: Pull in tailgate and grill section
Pull the end of the bedside profile loop towards the tailgate and mash it into the hook. Do the same with the the front section as well.
Optional: Add pieces of loop to pull in the tailgate and front grill
Remember that middle piece of loop we haven't used? Now that is free game! Cut up strips of the middle section loop from earlier to pull in the tailgate and grill to the center. This may help since these two sections are small with extreme angles. I did this to my personal one, however, it does add two other pieces of loop and does require trimming of the profile loop. You may be able to make a skinny strip to fit between the profile loop so you do not have to trim as well
Example of strip used and placement
Where to cut profile to allow room for strip to contact the grill and tailgate
You can add various other strips of loop to get it just right. Can use it to pull wheels, windshield, tailgate, etc. in more. Remember just to keep working at it. I have it on my desk and just work at it whenever I am bored. Patches weren't designed to be folded but we are getting there!
Step 1: Follow steps 1-3 above
Step 2: Hot glue the f@%k out of it
Only use hot glue as it is the best to work with. Do one side and section at a time. I glued the front grill to the profile then worked my way back by pressing and gluing.
There are many ways to fold your patch from non permanent to permanent. I have 2 personally - one that is glued and one that I can turn back flat again. The permanent one will stick to my headliner but the first bump it will fall off. So use your discretion with what you want to do with yours! There are pros and cons to each way. Just remember it is a patch and not a thin piece of paper. With each new vehicle we will work at it until we reach perfection! Thank you for your support with this new venture!