Iron on patches are proven to be an interesting piece of art and a fascinating way of displaying one’s support for a particular organization or cause.
A patch is a piece of cloth that is sewn or attached through ironing on another garment or fabric to cover worn out or tear in the material. Patches that are decorative may not cover anything but are used to customize clothing.
For Mending Garments
When old jeans, torn shorts, or any worn out garments are significant to some people, they may hate the ideas of throwing them away.Therefore, they usually put some iron on patches, usually decorative ones, to cover the undesirable parts. Patches can cover stains, discoloration, or faded areas. An iron-on patch can also hide holes and rips that spoiled the look of the clothing.
Using patches can help you save money as you can avoid throwing them away and buying new ones. They help extend the usability of a favorite but mildly damaged old clothes.
People are using decorative patches to make a style statement on jeans, caps, and backpacks. Commemorative ones celebrate a historical event or support a social cause. Uniforms of police officers, soldiers, and other professionals carry the emblem around an iron-on costume badge.
Patches are also attached to uniforms to provide identity to the users associating them to a particular team, school, group or unit. Either for mending or decorative purpose, these patches are popular to almost all people from all walks of life.
Attaching Iron On Patches
In attaching any patch to a material, you have to keep in mind two things. First, you should see to it that the material must not burn when heated. Therefore, in cases of clothing materials, the label must indicate if the fabric is suitable for ironing.
Indicated here below is the appropriate temperature suitable for each material or common fabric. The temperature is measured in degrees Fahrenheit.
- Wool (300)
- Cotton (400)
- Linen (445)
Avoid using this procedure for delicate fabrics such as nylon, silk, and leather. Instead, you can either glue or sew patches on those areas.
Attaching the Patch
Prior to actually attaching the patch on the material, you have to clean the garment first. Any dirt on the garment will be trapped inside once you attach the iron-on patch. It is also recommended to wash the garment with sizing before attaching the patch. Sizing stiffens the garment and hampers the glue from melting.
Next, iron the garment to remove creases from the surface where you will be attaching the patch else the patch will not really stick to it. Avoid using the stem setting as the moisture will have a negative impact on the adhesive material.
Flatten the garment and lay the patch with the right side up over the area where you are going to attach the patch. Place thin cloth like a handkerchief or pillow case over the patch to avoid direct heat contact with the iron. Let the iron slide over the patch for about 30-40 seconds while applying constant pressure.
Moving in slow circular motion is more effective rather than the repetitive back and forth motion. The heat will activate the glue applied on the underside of the patch and when melted will cause the patch to attach to the fabric.
To fasten Iron on patches completely, iron the garment inside out over the patch location. When the surface cools off, then it is ready for use.
When Using the Garment
Wash the garment with the patch on it using water at moderate temperature. Always turn the garment inside out every time you wash, dry, and iron it. This way, the patch will remain steadfast without breaking off the edges even after several uses.
Benefits of an Iron On Patch
You can always sew embroidery patches on your clothes but it is more quick and convenient if you can iron them on. Sew-on patches can leave tiny holes in the fabric while patches cause no damage to the surface of the fabric.
Once attached, they can even reinforce the fabric and increase its durability. Iron–on appliqués made of various materials including another fabric, sequins, beads, or metallic objects can be attached to garments, belts, caps, shoes or anything made of fabric with long-lasting effects.
Finally, the patch can give any old garment or accessory a total makeover. If used as a decorative patch, people can feel proud of a single patch while it serves as an emblem or identity of any cause or organization that they believe in.
People can get more creative by enhancing designs through using other materials like sequins, stones, metals, and glitters.
Most of all, secure your patch and garment by following the step-by- step instruction on preparing the fabric before ironing it and taking care of it afterward.