Iron on patches is usually made of sturdy embroidered material with an adhesive backing. The adhesive backing is usually attached on another thin layer of fabric and not directly attached to the embroidered cloth. The goal is to apply heat to the adhesive backing, and allow it to melt so that it would properly stick to the garment.
Iron on patches is usually attached on sturdier cloth materials, such as wool, cotton and linen fabrics. These are usually fabrics of pants, duffel bags, backpacks, uniforms or cloth hats. It is not advisable to attach them on lighter fabrics, such as nylon or silk.
Here are the specific steps in attaching the patches on fabrics:
1. Make sure that the garment where you plan to attach the patch is clean. If possible, wash and dry the garment before attaching it.
2. Set the temperature of the iron and wait for it to reach the desired temperature. There is a temperature guide on how hot the iron is. The temperature of the iron actually depends on the type of fabric. For wool, the iron has to be 300 degrees Fahrenheit. For cotton, it has to be 400 degrees Fahrenheit. For linen fabrics, it has to be 445 degrees Fahrenheit.
Important reminder: In attaching an iron on patch, it is advisable not to do it on an ironing board and with a steam iron. An ironing board has a soft surface, and it is not ideal for applying the patch because the heat from the iron will dissipate. Instead of an ironing board, use a flat, hard surface. The iron’s steam will add moisture, so the patch will not stick to the garment.
3. Place a thick cloth on the flat, hard surface. An ideal type of thick cloth is a terry cloth used on bathrobes and towels.
4. Position the patch on the desired location on the garment. Make sure to flatten the garment firmly on the surface to avoid unnecessary creasing. In this case, you may do trial and error runs to find the most ideal location and proper placement for your patch.
5. Cover the entire patch with a pressing cloth. You may also use a Teflon ironing sheet. A Teflon ironing sheet will prevent scorching of the garment and will allow the transfer of high heat.
6. Making sure that the iron is hot, press the iron on the cloth firmly. Make sure the iron is not moved.
7. Press the iron firmly for about 30 to 35 seconds onto the garment. For heavier fabrics, press the iron for a few more seconds, approximately around 40 to 45 seconds. Make sure that all unheated areas are covered.
8. Let the garment cool down, then turn inside out and press the iron again for about 20 seconds. Do this to reinforce the attachment of the patch on the fabric.
9. In washing a garment with an iron on patch, it is highly recommend using a gentle spin cycle on the washing machine. Use cold water. Make sure to turn the garment inside out while washing.
10. Hang the garment to dry the regular way. Wring the garment and do not use the dryer. When the garment with the iron on patch has been washed a couple of times, check if it is still in place. If the patch has lifted in several places, just repeat the ironing process to reattach it.
You can use any iron-on patch design on a garment. There are various designs available in the market today, and with mass production of embroidered patches, it is also possible to customize your iron on patches. We, at www.patches4less.com, offer customized embroidered iron on patches at reasonable prices. If you are interested to have a custom-made patch for your organization or for personal decorative use, visit our website and contact us. We create high quality patches based on your design and preferences.