Good news. Patches are back in fashion!
If you’re going for a retro vibe or jazzing up a favorite backpack, patches are a cool accessory. They’re also ideal for covering up stains or rips on your old garments.
We’ll give you great tips on how to iron on patches at home. Your jacket will look vintage, and your patches will be secure.
- Prep the iron: Check the clothing label for ironing instructions. Don’t use steam.
- Position the patch: Place the patch on a clean garment.
- Use a pressing cloth: This protects the patch. Push hard for 30 to 45 seconds.
- Flip and repeat: Repeat these steps on the other side of the garment.
What You Need
To iron on a patch, you’ll need a few supplies.
- An iron-on patch.
- Ironing board.
- Garment you’re going to iron the patch on.
- Pressing cloth.
- Needle and thread.
How To Iron On Patches
We’ll give you a step-by-step guide to an easy way to iron on patches.
1. Prep The Iron
The first thing you need to do is prep your iron. It’s a good idea to use an ironing board here so you don’t damage any surfaces in your home.
When prepping the iron, use the highest setting your chosen garment can handle. Make sure to read the clothing label for this information.
For a general guideline, polyester requires low heat. Cotton can handle high heat. Always check the label first to see what it states.
Silk and other delicates are not good for ironing on patches. Denim and cotton are the best candidates for them.
If you have a steam iron rather than a regular iron, turn the steam setting off. Also, make sure the iron is empty of water.
2. Position The Patch
Before you bring the iron to the patch, decide exactly where you want it.
The patch should be flat and not crooked for best results. In terms of where to place it, it’s totally up to you. There’s no right or wrong way to wear your patch.
However, we have some recommendations for the best place to put a patch on particular garments.
For shirts, you could put your patch on the chest, breast pocket, or sleeve. If it’s smaller, you could even wear the patch on your collar. Stand out from the crowd.
If you’re ironing your patch onto a jacket, a sleeve or chest pocket usually works best. However, you can put your patch wherever. If you’re wanting to fill up a whole jacket with patches, make sure you leave room for additions.
3. Use A Pressing Cloth
Now that you’re nearly ready to go, get out your pressing cloth. This will protect the patch.
Place the cloth over the patch. Be careful not to move the patch when doing this.
Take your heated iron and press it down on the cloth for about 30 to 45 seconds. Push hard and don’t move around. You don’t want to move the patch from its chosen position.
4. Flip And Repeat
Give the patch a couple of minutes to cool before flipping the garment inside out and laying it flat on the ironing board. Lay the pressing cloth on the other side of the patch and repeat step three. This ensures your patch is secure.
Let it cool completely before wearing it.
For the best results, follow these extra tips.
- Sew your patch on: You can sew around the edges to really secure that patch in place. Use a needle and thread and go round the outside of it. Make sure to use a color that goes well with your new patch.
- Wash when necessary: Iron-on patches tend to loosen over time. So don’t wash the article of clothing more than necessary.
- Washing tips: When washing the garment, consider hand washing in cold water to best care for your patch.
- Drying tip: Air drying will prolong the life of your patch, so do your laundry on a sunny day when you can hang it out to dry.
- If it falls off: If your patch comes off your garment, the best thing to do is to sew it back on, as the adhesive backing might not work anymore.
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Get Trendy With Iron On Patches
Iron-on patches are back in fashion, and they’re totally trendy. If you’re looking for a way to revive an old denim jacket or fix your favorite pair of jeans that now have an unwanted hole in them, iron-on patches can come to the rescue.
Make sure to use the right heat setting and consider sewing it on after for best results. Just remember to wash it gently with cool water once the patch is secure, and to only wash it when truly needed. With these simple steps on how to iron on patches, you’ll be looking hip in no time.