Tips for Making Patches
Patches can be embroidered onto any standard type of backing fabric and then applied to other garments or surfaces via hand-stitching or using iron-on adhesives. We typically recommend using tear-away stabilizer for patches.
Tips for Clean Edges
For the cleanest edge, include a border/outline around your design with a satin stitch perpendicular to the inside of the patch.
If possible use the same color thread, bobbin thread, and fabric for the cleanest edge.
Simpler outline shapes will be easier to stitch and cut!
After the embroidery is done, remove the pattern from the hoop and use an exacto knife or other precision cutting utensil to carefully cut around the edge of the patch. Be careful not to cut the embroidered border or the threads will begin to fray.
Note: If you are applying iron-on adhesive (see next section), apply the adhesive BEFORE cutting the patch off of the fabric backing.
Applying Iron-On Adhesive Backing
Art & Design does not supply iron-on adhesive backing, but it can be purchased online. We have tested and can recommend Colman and Co HeatSeal as one potential option.
Apply the backing BEFORE cutting away the excess fabric to reduce mess.
- Cut a piece of adheisve to match the size of your patch. Make sure the adhesive swatch is smaller than the excess fabric around your patch.
- Place the adhesive swatch on the back side of your patch between two pieces of non-stick sheet (you can use the backing material from printed or cut vinyl from the Service Desk).
- Press your sandwich of non-stick paper/patch/adhesive/non-stick paper on the heat press at 330 degrees for 10 seconds. Flip the stack over and press again for 10 more seconds.
- Using an exacto knife or other precision cutting utensil, cut away the excess material around your patch. Be careful not to cut the embroidered border or the threads will begin to fray.
After the adhesive has been applied and the patch has been cut, you can apply the patch to a garment by heat pressing it at 330 degrees for 10-15 seconds. Flip the garment and press again for an additional 20-25 seconds.