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How To Apply Iron On Patches

Iron-on patches are a great way to add a custom touch to any of your clothing or cloth accessories. Jackets, pants, backpacks, and t-shirts can all be infused with a hint of your personality and interests by adding a patch or two. Though iron-on patches have their roots in military history, they have since evolved to represent all different types or groups and organizations, from sports teams and clubs to nonprofits and schools.

Whatever the reason you’re adding iron-on patches, it’s a simple application process that makes a big impact. The patches are designed to be easy to adhere to, and it can be done in just a few simple steps. That means that, in just a few minutes, you can reimagine your favorite closet staples with the addition of a patch.

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Creating Your Patch

The first, and in many ways most important, step is to create your patch design. Make sure to choose a design you love that will stand the test of time. It can be a symbol or icon that represents your organization, or it can have text and imagery. Iron-on patches come in many different shapes, sizes, and colors, which means that you can find or custom-make the perfect design.

It’s also important to choose the type of patch that works for your specific needs. Transfer paper, embroidered patches, and woven patches all have a different look and feel, as well as different application processes. Learn the differences between them and select the one that makes the most sense for you.

Explore a few simple steps to get started.

1. Prepare Your Surface and Iron

Once you’ve selected your patch, you’ll need to ready your supplies. To apply the patch, you will need the patch itself, an iron, and the item you are attaching the patch to, like a jacket, shirt, or backpack. Once you have everything ready, check the type of fabric you’re adhering you patch to. Then, set the iron to the hottest setting available for that fabric and let it heat up while you continue with the rest of the process. Also make sure to empty the water chamber and turn off the steam on your iron, which can interfere with adhering the patch.

2. Perfectly Position the Patch

After you have assembled all of your supplies, it’s time to choose where you’d like to place the patch. Test out the placement in a few different areas to get an idea of what you like and what you don’t. Once you’ve chosen where you’d like the patch, make sure it is at the exact angle and position you want—once you’ve adhered the patch, you will be unable to change it.

3. Apply the Patch

Now you’re ready to adhere your patch. Once you’ve finalized the patch placement, remove it to iron the fabric of the item you’re attaching it to. This ensures that the fabric is smooth, which makes the patch attach more easily. Once you’ve ironed the base fabric, reposition the patch in the spot you selected. Place a towel or cloth over the patch to protect it from the direct heat of the iron. Then, place the iron over the towel or cloth and patch to activate the adhesive. Press down on the iron and apply the heat for about 30 seconds. Remove the iron and the cloth, and your patch should be attached. You can also sew around the border of the patch if you’d like for an even more secure attachment.

4. Wear Your New, Customize Design

Now that your patch is attached, it’s time to wear it. The new addition to your favorite clothing or accessory gives your piece an added element of personalization and really makes it stand out. Add more than one patch for an even more unique final look.

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Customizing Your Own Iron-On Patches

To add even more personality to your patches, customize your own design. At the Monterey Company, we have been developing custom-made patches, along with dozens of other promotional products, for over three decades. With our extensive experience and our seasoned team of experts, we can make the patch you’ve always imagined a reality. Whether it’s for your business, a sports team, a volunteer group, or just for your own personal use, the sky is the limit when it comes to your design. Contact our team today to request a quote and get started on your own custom iron-on patch.