How To Apply Iron On Patches

Iron-on patches are a great way to add your personal touch and creativity. You can customize any clothing or hat with an iron on design that will be sure not only make you stand out. We offer four easy steps for adding your patch in the best way.

Applying Patches To Apparel

Iron-on patches are a great way to add a patch to hats, clothing, Jackets, pants, backpacks, and 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. 

How to Iron on Patches For a DIY Project

Whatever the reason you’re adding iron-on patches, it’s a simple DIY application process that makes a big impact. Patches can be designed to be easy to adhere to apparel in just a few simple steps. The first thing you need for this process is an iron, a clean piece of fabric (such as a sheet or pillowcase) to protect your clothing from any branding heat damage and desired patch.

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Do Iron patches work on all types of materials?

Some fabrics are better suited for iron-on patches than others. Cotton and polyester work well, but nylons may be damaged by high heat during the application process while vinyl won't stick at all! Make sure you know what type of material your garment is made from before deciding to apply your patch! There are a few ways to apply patches on leather. One way is by sewing them onto the surface, but you can also use an iron with this method and get similar results without damaging your favorite material!

What if your patch is made from leather?

Make sure that you turn off the steam setting on your iron to make sure the leather is not damaged and also make sure your patch has a heat seal backing applied to it and follow the steps above for a solid application.

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4 Easy Steps to Applying Your Patch

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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.

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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. When ironing on shoes or hats, fill them with towels to keep the patch from shifting. This will make pressing easier and more effective since you are closest possible distance from your material

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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.

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4. Wear Your New, Customize Design

Lastly, Carefully turn the patch inside out and lay it flat on an ironing board again. Place your pressing cloth or pillowcase over the backside of this newly applied area to keep from damaging it with heat while you press away! 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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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.

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.

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