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How to Apply Patches

Cloth badges and patches are used by the military, emergency services, adventure groups and more. There has also been a huge rise in branded patches from our creative clients, for fashion and appeal purposes. Our custom patches are made to the highest quality and the popularity of this product reflects this. When going through the important details of your product, you can choose from a range of different options for your application. From sew on patches, iron on patches, or velcro backed each design is personal to you to meet your projects needs. Patches are great to add onto jackets, backpacks, sashes, T-shirts, tote bags and more, the possibility are endless to your creations.

Our clients often ask the best way to apply patches safely, so check out these step by step guidelines on applying your patches.

Iron-On Patches:

First things first, it is important when applying your patches that the material you are attaching the patch to, can withhold the heat with no damage. If the material care label states it can not be ironed on, then look at alternatives like a sew-on patch or different material. It is also important to assess the fabric to see it it can be damaged by a patch fixing. This could happen with light or thin fabrics such as silk and satin. Then the fun part, designing how it is going to stand out on your garment. Product placement is key when it comes to fixing your cloth badge. Lay your garment on a flat heat resistant surface and experiment where the badge fits best. Once your patch is in place, heat up your iron to the highest temperature appropriate for your garment. With the patch in place, making sure the adhesive side is flat against the fabric, place a thin towel over the patch making sure the patch has not moved. Then hold the iron over the towel and patch for approx 15 seconds with slight pressure, remove the iron and leave the towel and patch cool. Once the patch has cooled, gently check if the patch is secure. On heavier fabrics like denim, the adhesive may need longer to stick so once cooled repeat the process for extra security if needed.

Sew-On Patches:

Sew on patches are great for the likes of school uniforms, sport kits and work clothing as they are strong and durable with no adhesive to be softened with repetitive washing. If you are applying patches to the likes of school uniform, it is best to wash, dry and iron the uniform first especially the area which the patch will be placed. When choosing to sew on your patches, it is good idea to be mindful of the colour thread you will be using. Try use the same colour thread seen within the patch or as close as possible. Place the patch where desired and fix in position with pins before sewing, this allows you to see how the patch will look and stay secure for sewing. Then, simply get your sew on! If hand sewing isn't you thing, why not try a sewing machine for quick and secure stitching.

*Please note, these are guidelines and we do not hold responsibility for the patch application. Once the goods have been made it is the customer duty to apply the product with care and advice any other parties.



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