Custom DIY HOW TO Patches


Patches are a great way to add customization to endless items. Here are some helpful tips to consider in order to protect the longevity of your patches and the item you attach it to when ironing.

Photo Below: Features a variety of patches I ironed onto the back of a denim vest.


  • Examine the fabric of your clothing or accessory. Fabrics like denim and cotton provide the best base for iron-on patches. As a general rule the fabric you choose should be at least as heavy as the patch.
  • Look at the fabric care label to see whether it can be ironed (if not, there will be a crossed-out icon of an iron). If there's no label, try to figure out what material it's made of.
  • Be very careful with polyester fabrics, since applying the high heat necessary for ironing on patches can burn the fabric or cause it to get discolored.
  • Silk and other delicate fabrics are not good candidates for patches.
  • Heat up an iron after deciding the patch placement. Turn it to the hottest setting your fabric can tolerate. Make sure the "steam" option is turned off, and that your iron isn't full of water.
  • Place a thin towel over the patch. Take care not to disturb the position of the patch. The towel will protect the patch itself and the surrounding fabric.
  • Position the heated iron over the patch and press down. Hold the iron there for about 15 seconds. Apply as much pressure as you can by pressing down firmly.
  • Remove the iron and allow the patch to cool. Lift the towel and check to see whether the patch is fixed on securely by gently rubbing at the edge with a finger, trying to lift it. If it lifts up a bit, replace the towel and press it with the iron again for 10 seconds. Repeat this step as needed.
  • Consider sewing around the edges. For a completely secure patch, use a sewing machine or a needle and thread to secure the patch to the fabric. This greatly reduces the chances that the patch will fall off.
  • Choose a thread that matches the patch to camouflage or choose a thread that stands out if want to highlight the DIY custom nature.
  • Don't wash the article more than necessary. Iron-on patches are meant to be permanent, but they do become loosened over time. Take care not to let the article get too dirty, since washing it may cause the patch to start coming off.
  • If you do need to wash the item, hand wash it using cold water. Allow it to air dry.

Thank you for reading. I hope these tips helped you.