When Kelli Jones got a new puffy down jacket in the mail, she immediately put it on to go hunting. A few miles in, she hopped a barb wired fence and heard the dreaded sound of her brand new jacket tearing.
She didn’t want to repair the hole with duct tape, so she sought out fabric to make her own patch. And, in doing so, had an “ah ha” moment. Why not make fabric patches in unique shapes that easily stick to jackets, sleeping bags and tents?
“It’s one of those ideas that kept me up in the middle of the night,” she said.
Fast forward three years. Kelli waded her way through fabric sourcing, manufacturing, creating packaging – all while working full-time as an accountant – to launch NoSo Patches.
NoSo Patches are made of 1.2 denier, commonly referred to as ripstop nylon. The adhesive on them is heat activated. Just clean your down jacket, apply the patch, throw it in the dryer for 10 to 15 minutes and wala, it’s ready to go. Most fun of all, the patches are offered in 13 different shapes and six different colors, including reflective patches.