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How to Iron-On Patches

Learn How to Iron-On Patches for the Cozy-cool Look You Crave For

Looking for some instructions on ironing-on patches? The following article will help you learn how to do the same in a step-by-step method.
Batul Nafisa Baxamusa
Last Updated: Mar 6, 2018
Iron-on patches are popular among both kids and adults, as you can add some interesting appliques and embroidered patches to your favorite jackets and jeans. Iron-on patches can be homemade or bought. You can add some details to your plain and simple t-shirts, polo necks, jeans, and jacket using it.
Instructions to Iron-On Patches
  • Make sure your garment is clean and free of dust. The patch should also be free of dust particles.
  • Preheat a stem iron filled with water to the top.
  • Smooth out the garment on a hard surface like iron board. Make sure there are no creases.
  • The iron should be set on the highest setting if you are applying the patch to denim, khaki, and canvas fabric.
  • Iron the garment before placing the fabric, as it will be helpful in removing any stray creases and heat up the garment to allow the adhesive on the iron-on patch to stick quickly.
  • Now place the iron-on patch over the area of the garment you need to stick it on. Iron the garment with the patch by pressing the iron heavily. You can pass the iron over the iron-on patch 4 to 5 times to stick it properly.
  • Once you stick the patch, allow the garment to sit undisturbed for an hour.
  • After the adhesive cools down, your garment will have a new, interesting look.
Sticking Patches On Leather
  • Smooth out the jacket over a hard surface like the ironing board.
  • In a cup, pour the leather adhesive and spread a thin layer over the patch using a thin brush.
  • Coat the patch with a slightly heavier coating near the outer edge.
  • Lay the patch over the jacket in the area you want to stick it.
  • Using a cold iron or a spoon, press over the patch heavily. Start from the center and move outward till the entire patch has been pressed properly.
  • If some adhesive squeezes out of the sides of the patch, wet a cotton ball in water, quickly dab it in a paint thinner, and run it over the edges of the patch. This will help in removing the excess adhesive.
Sticking Patches on Jeans
The same procedure follows for attaching patches on jeans. Make sure you lay the jeans on a hard surface like ironing board before sticking the patches. Set the iron on the highest setting to help stick the adhesive to the thick jeans fabric.
There are many patches available in the market that come in varied designs, colors, and shapes. You can find cartoon characters, country flags, state emblems, college emblems, Harley-Davidson patches, etc., to suit each individual's taste. These patches are very popular for kids and they love to flaunt their favorite cartoon character on their garments.
A simple dress looks more attractive when you use appliques, embroider patches, etc., on it. You can even try to apply them to your cloth purse just the way you stick them on leather jackets. Try to add some interesting details to your fabrics with iron-on patches. These not only help in adding some extra zing to your clothes, but are a great way to patch up a torn cloth.
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