How to Iron on Embroidered Patches?

Updated on April 12, 2021 | by Evan Chase

Thinking of adding style to your old denim jacket or hat?

Well, patches are a fun way to express your feelings and mood. With embroidered patches, you can simply go through a straightforward message that shows how artistic you are. You can make embroidered patches yourself if you are interested. Making any design is worthwhile as it puts on meaning to your personality.

You can design customized patches or buy some from the market to enhance your outfit. Ironing on embroidered patches is another tricky thing to do. However, it is not rocket science that needs you to become eligible to fulfill the task.

At times, it might be possible that your iron-on patches don’t turn out the way they are supposed to be. You need to make sure that all the patches are fixed tightly. Basically, iron-on embroidered patches are highly easy to put on instead of sewing on patches. Here are some valuable instructions for iron-on patches you need to follow:

Things You Need

  • Iron-on patches
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Two pieces of fabric – sheet – towel
  • Clothing or canvas tote

Instructions for Iron-on Patches

  • Choose a pattern using a transfer method that suits the fabric perfectly.
  • Sew up your design, and don’t forget to leave space and edges.
  • Cut another fabric piece similar to that size and two additional pieces of paper-backed fusible web. 

Now, take one piece of fusible web and iron it to the non-embroidered piece of fabric. Ensure that you are following the instructions of the manufacturer.

Heat Seal Iron On Embroidered Patches

Here are some practical tips for using an iron for heat seal embroidered patches:

You can use these tips as DIY at home.

  • On the temperature setting, preset the iron to high heat.
  • Put the fabric having embroidered patches evenly on the ironing board.
  • Preheat the outfit that you want to iron on. Try to save your outfit by putting another piece of cloth or towel between the iron and the outfit.
  • Next, press the heated iron by putting some pressure down on the cloth for at least 10 to 15 seconds.
  • Putting an additional cloth on the patch saves your outfit from burning.
  • Make it possible and repeat this step once again on the reverse side of the outfit.

While ironing, the glue of your patch will become hot and turn into liquid form. However, soon it will get cool and hard. Set your outfit aside and let it come back to a normal temperature to wear.

Your outfit is now ready to wear, and your embroidered patch will look nice. 

What material works best to iron onto?

Well, cotton fabrics and denim ideally work best. Using a fabric with plastic in its manufacturing is full of risk, and you should avoid using such material. Before putting an iron on the embroidered patch, you always have to test a small part of the fabric. 

So, how would you know if sewing or ironing a patch is better?

Sewing up any patch is better than anything else. Even sewing up heat-seal patches is excellent. That way, you add more flexibility, and the patch gets fixed longer. In case you don’t want your patch to unbend, you can try sewing the patch after ironing it on.

It entirely depends upon you what patches you buy, whether they are sewed on patches or iron-on patches. Well, the iron-on patch is the only option that needs no time or expertise. You can sew it or iron it at the same time.

Do you have any idea which side of the iron-on patch goes down?

If you are using a patch to hide a hole, you need to put paper beneath the hole before using a patch. Try patching safely and iron on according to the instructions. The patch’s shiny side should be positioned down on the outfit or wherever you want to fix it. Press it on for about 40 – 50 seconds.

Keep in mind that your iron-on embroidered patch will not come off in the first few washes. However, you still need to wash it in cold water if it is not sewed up.

If you don’t understand the difference between an iron-on patch and a sew-on patch, you can follow these tips:

  • A glue layer on the backside is a great pick you can observe on the iron-on patche
  • On the other hand, a sewing patch originally does not have a glued layer to stick up; it simply has a flat back piece of fabric and thread.
  • Moreover, an iron patch usually has a cloudy look.
  • Whereas a sew-on patch simply looks like fabric. 

So, this is it for now. You can iron-on embroidered patches yourself at home by using the simple instructions given above.

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