How to Iron on Embroidered Patches

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When you are looking for a way to personalize your clothes, patches can be the perfect solution. Embroidery is one of the oldest methods of adding decoration to clothing and has been around for centuries. It’s not always practical or possible, though. With an iron-on patch, you won’t have any trouble at all!

This article will show you how to properly iron on embroidered patches in just a few easy steps so that they look professionally done and last longer than other types of applique techniques.

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Check the Fabric of the Clothing

The fabric of the clothing is essential in determining how well patches will stick. Therefore, when ironing on an embroidered patch, it’s best to make sure the garment’s fabric is similar in weight and consistency to that of the patch.

Check the fabric care label to see if it can be ironed (a crossed-out iron icon signifies it cannot). When buying clothes from a store that doesn’t provide labels, you may need to figure out what clothing is made.

Ironing follows embroidered patches onto polyester fabrics should be done with caution, as the high heat can lead to burning or discoloration.

One issue with patches is that they cannot be applied to the following fabrics: silk, rayon, and any fabric that frays easily.

It is essential to be extremely careful when ironing chenille patches because the yarn can quickly burn at high heat.

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Decide the Design

Make sure to lay out your jacket, sash, or backpack before proceeding with the iron. This will allow you to get a better idea of where exactly you want the patch placed.

Several variables go into the decision on where to iron your patch, so consider them all before you decide if placing it in a prominent position is appropriate. Try to make the patch placement seem planned and intentional, as opposed to applying it haphazardly.

If you plan to sew more patches onto your fabric, make sure there will be room for them.

Before ironing an embroidered patch to clothing, be sure to do a test on a swatch from the item before placing it on the final article.

Iron the Patch

After finding the iron on patches for clothing and the placement of it, lay down the garment on a flat, heat-resistant surface. If you do not own an ironing board, lay clothing on a doubled-up bath towel in an area without carpet.

To prevent the fabric from becoming too stiff, iron the fabric first. Ironing embroidery patches to clothing can be a challenge, especially for non-flat surfaces like backpacks.

Place the patch in the position you chose. The adhesive side should be pressed against the base fabric to ensure a smoother application.

When applying patches, there is a specific side that the adhesive can be found on.

Third-party patches designed specifically for embroidered transfer paper with adhesive backing are best. When applying the embroidered patch to clothing, lay the article face down to not wrinkle. Remember to peel off the paper backing once your embroidered patch firmly adheres!

When applying a heat-activated adhesive to clothing, make sure the fusible web backing is facing out.

If you’re not sure which side of the article of clothing to apply your patch, double-check that it matches the design on the other side.

Iron on the embroidered patch with care. To ensure the patches stay in place, iron just the towel and not any other fabric that might be around it.

Iron the patch for about 15 seconds. Ensure that pressure is applied evenly and firmly by pressing the iron down without lifting it too often.

Carefully inspect the patch to check that it is fixed securely. Then, gently rub a finger around the edge of the patch to see if any part of it lifts away from your garment. If the patch starts to come up, replace the damp towel and press it with a warm iron for 10 seconds.

After ironing on a patch with iron-on paper, please wait until the patch cools (leave it for 10 minutes) and remove the paper carefully.

Care the Patch

One possible way to ensure the patch is fixed securely to your fabric is by first hand-sewing around its perimeter. Next, make sure your patch is on securely by sewing it with a needle and thread or using a sewing machine. This prevents the patch from losing its position on your clothing. Finally, select a thread color that matches the patch.

It may be tempting, but ironing is the best way to apply a printable paper patch and not sewing.

Try not to wash the article too much. The life of an iron-on patch is often limited, but the lifespan can be extended by following some simple instructions. First, always keep the article clean and try to wash it as little as possible. This will help ensure the patch stays on longer.

To avoid the patch from becoming damaged, wash clothes with care.


Ironing on patches can be a daunting task for some. But with these tips, you’ll have no problem getting your patch onto the garment in just seconds! The first step is picking out an iron-on patch that best fits your needs and style. If you want to save time, we recommend choosing one of our pre-cut patches or embroidered patches that are perfect for beginners. Once you pick out the right size and type of patch, it will come with instructions on how to apply them to the fabric. Just follow those steps!


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