We need a new patch, quickly!
Can you help us?

Thank you so much for your interest in The Missing Patch batik packs. We are so pleased that this initiative has reached so many of you, and we have sent out 200 packs. Unfortunately, due to costs and supplies, we are unable to fulfil any more pack requests. But remember, you can get involved in The Missing Patch in other ways! You can make your own patch at home and write what happens next in the story.

A word from our pilot…



There are three ways you can get involved.


1. Request a batik patch kit

We will send you a kit containing fabric, wax, dye and instructions to make your very own batik patch. When you’re happy with your patch, you can send it back to us using the enclosed stamped addressed envelope. We will be collating all finished patches and stitching them together to create a hot air balloon skin – or envelope, as they’re technically called – ready for Carnival.

The best way to request your pack is to fill in the form at the link below or you can email [email protected] with your name and address. If that’s not possible, please give us a call on 0161 870 6895.

Request your Batik Kit

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2. Scan us a picture of your own creation

If you don’t fancy batiking but you do want to get involved, then we’d love to see your own creations! Take a dinner plate and draw round it to make your patch (don’t worry, we accept all sizes!) and decorate your patch with whichever materials you like best. Crayons, pastels, paint, fabric, washi tape, diamante… the choice is yours! Scan or take a good picture of your creation and email it to [email protected] or upload it by clicking the button.

We will then print your design onto fabric, ready for assembly into the hot air balloon envelope.

Your Creations

Send us your pictures

3. Don’t fancy making something?

Then no worries! We would like you to tell us what happens next in the story. How does the strange man get hold of his missing patch? What happens to the characters in the story? Does the balloon make its way from Tameside to Rio in time for Carnival? What happens along the way?

Send your poems and stories to [email protected] and our artists will create a digital book about our hot air balloon and its journey to Carnival.

Tell us your stories

Download the e-book here