How to Sew Patches on Navy Working Coveralls


Navy working coveralls are designed to get dirty and to protect the clothing that is worn beneath them. They are likely to be the most disreputable piece of clothing that you wear on base if you work in a particularly dirty job. Even with the job that they have to do, coveralls are as much a part of your uniform as dress whites and, as such, must have the proper identification affixed to it at all times.

Things You'll Need

  • Navy working coveralls
  • Ironing board
  • Uniform patches
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Lay the uniform on an ironing board or flat surface with the right front pocket showing. Lay out the patch with your name just above the pocket. If the patch is longer than the pocket is wide, fold the ends of the patch under until it measures to the edges of the pocket. Pin the patch in place and sew.

  • Remove the coveralls from the sewing machine and return them to the ironing board. Lay the coveralls with the left pocket facing up. Lay the U.S. Navy strip above the pocket. Fold under the ends until they measure the same as the pocket edges. Pin the patch in place and sew securely.

  • Lay the coveralls back on the ironing board with the collar showing. Pin the two rank tabs onto the collar points. Ensure that the rank tabs are straight and even and that the eagles are facing correctly. If you are wearing the shirt with the collar open, the eagles should be facing the same way that you are. If the collar is closed, the eagles will face each other.

  • Inquire at your command at to other insignia or patches that you may be required to add to your coveralls for your duty post. Certain squadrons have their own patches to add to uniforms that deviate slightly from the Navy norm.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can have these patches attached at the exchange on base, but there may be a wait of weeks and it will cost money.

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  • Christopher S. Bailey, Petty Officer 1st Class, United States Navy, New Orleans, LA
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