Patches used to be all the rage for fashionistas and bikers alike.
This design trend hit the streets in the 60s and has recently made an impressive comeback. From high-end runways to thrift shop cash registers, patches are in again.
A patch is a beautiful way to make any piece in your closet a one-of-a-kind. This simple tool allows you to express yourself and turn heads much better.
It can also be a great branding tool for your business.
There are many different kinds of patches to choose from, too. This might be a little confusing at first, but each patch has its own benefits.
Here's everything you need to know about buying and using a quality iron-on patch.
1. Know Your Material
You should have a good understanding of different clothing fabrics before you start shopping for a patch.
This will help you determine if an iron-on is the best kind of patch to use. You may be surprised to find an embroidered, or sew-on patch is the better alternative.
It all comes down to where your patch will end up going.
Here are a few common fabrics to be aware of.
Cotton is the material that is most fit to serve as a background for an iron-on patch.
This fabric is durable. It can sustain the heat of using an iron to attach a patch.
Plus, the patch will look as if it has always been there. The result is due to the breathable look and feel of cotton. As strong as it is, it also drapes the body with ease and hosts a patch without looking stiff.
Not many people know cotton is used to make denim!
There are other fabrics needed to create the final product, though. This means different kinds of denim will vary when it comes to how compatible they are with iron-on patches.
For a particularly tough denim piece, you may need to first apply a backing for the patch. Or, opt for a different kind of patch entirely.
Polyester, Nylon, and Blended Fabrics
Another time it's better to use something other than an iron-on patch is when using polyester, nylon, or blended fabrics.
These tend to be more delicate.
They can't handle the heat of an iron-on process.
More so, they won't grab the colors or designs as well if they do hold up against the iron. Inks may spread, or discoloration of the surrounding fabric might happen as well.
Always check your fabric before thinking about patch quality.
This will help you narrow down your search before you even look at patches!
Once you've determined if your company t-shirts or favorite flannel can match with an iron-on, then you can look into the details.
2. Pick a Design
One of the most telling signs of a quality iron-on patch is the design.
You want something that is eye-catching, yet not too distracting to take away from the overall look you want to achieve.
As such, focus on the brand colors and message when using a patch for business purposes.
These will help create a sense of consistency as you play with different visuals. Brand colors will be easy for any customer to recognize, no matter your final design.
You can make your own custom patches, or hire a team of professionals to get the job done for you.
For personal patching projects, look for ready-made iron-patches that show your personality. Think of fashion as an extension of your personal brand.
3. Understand Sizing and Placement
Whether for professional or individual reasons, there's more that goes into picking the right patch.
Don't get carried away by a design if the size isn't what you're looking for.
You should order a set of iron-on patches that are noticeable without being busy. For apparel, the best places to put a patch are:
- on one side of the chest
- on the shirt sleeve, by the shoulder
- on the back of a shirt, center-aligned
- on the front of the shirt, mid-way down and center
Each placement will depend on how big (or small) you want your patch to be. The right patch dimensions for a sleeve is not the same size you want to place front and center.
Consider what other elements will be on your apparel as well.
Are you using a patch and a logo?
Are you using DIY directions to mix and match different patches?
These will also have a role in how big an iron-on patch should be, and where to put it.
4. Think About the Ironing Process
Speaking of placing a patch, you can't adhere an iron-on without an iron.
But, some will take longer to apply than others.
If you don't have the time to be ironing all day, a set of large patches may not be for you. These will take much more time than small patches, which are easier to apply.
Also, think about upkeep.
Quality iron-on patches will last after a few cycles in the washing machine. You shouldn't have to worry about them peeling off or staining other clothes.
To be sure of the results you can expect, try a sample cycle with one patch before you make your decision. If the patch still looks the same as before it was washed, you're in good shape.
5. Rock an Iron-On Patch Everywhere You Go
After choosing a fabric and design, and testing and applying your patch, it's time to show it off!
An iron-on patch can completely transform most looks.
It goes great on a simple t-shirt you want to upgrade. It also is professional and durable enough to add to your staff's uniforms.
Patches go beyond clothes, too. You can add them to backpacks and blankets as well as accessories like hats and leather bags.
Order Custom Patches
Ready to make a stand-out fashion statement with the use of patches?
Just one iron-on patch can keep your team looking sharp or your personal style looking fresh.
But, you have to order your patches first!
Contact us today to get the perfect set of iron-on patches to your door.