Embroidered patches are great for sprucing up garments, promoting a business or workplace, a charity, or a team. There are a variety of different methods your can choose when it comes to making a custom patch, from embroidered to printed, to woven, and not to mention all the ways you can choose to attach them! One of the main ways to attach embroidered patches is to iron them on. This is a no-fuss, temporary way to add your favourite patches to any material you like. Here are a few tips and tricks that can help you get it exactly right.
Double-check your fabric
Embroidered patches can look great added to a range of clothing or accessories, but before you begin applying your iron-on patch, it is best to check the attributes of your fabric first. As a rule, the fabric that you’re ironing your patch onto should be as heavy as the patch itself. Another thing you need to check is if the garment can withstand the heat of an iron, if not, it will have a logo featuring a cross over an iron logo on its care label, which means an iron-on patch won’t be suitable.
Ironing the patch on
When it comes to ironing on your patch, you should place the garment onto a flat surface, like an ironing board. The adhesive side of your patch should be flat against your fabric in the position that you want it to be attached. When you’ve placed the patch correctly, place a thin towel over your patch to protect the surrounding fabric, press down with the iron as hard as possible for fifteen seconds. Once you’ve done this, you should check if your patch is secured by rubbing the edges and seeing if it lifts. If not, you’re all done! Allow your patch to cool, then you can wear it with pride.
Use your patch as a placement tool
Iron-on patches are great for a temporary fix, but if you’re hoping for something a little more permanent, sewing your badges is a more secure solution. If you’ve chosen an iron-on badge and decided that you would like to keep it as a permanent fixture – no problem! A good way to take advantage of an iron-on patch is to iron it onto the garment in the way that looks best, and once you’ve done this, simply sew it into place for extra security! It really is that simple.
Caring for your new patch
Iron-on patches are not permanent, and that is why they’re good when it comes to one-day events. Unfortunately, with time they can become loose and fall off. But, to get the most out of your iron-on patches, it is best that you don’t over wash them or expose them to too much heat, as this can cause them to weaken. If you’re using them as a sports patch, exposure to heavy wear and tear can also cause your patches to come off, so if you’re looking for a patch that you can wear for a while, sew around the edges for a more permanent solution.
Choose a woven patch
Embroidered patches tend to be a lot heavier and thicker than woven patches. This is because embroidered patches often feature a thick thread design embroidered onto twill, which gives a more 3D, lifted effect. Woven patches are thinner, and if they have aniron-on back, they can be very strong. So, if sewing isn’t a strong point but you’d still like a patch that is a little more durable and could last you a while, choosing a woven iron-on patch over an embroidered patch may be the way to go.