How to Iron on Patches


Iron-on patches are an easy and quick way to repair clothing with holes, add flair, or both. Applying one is fast and painless, so you’ll soon have your favorite pieces looking brand new in no time!

Begin by preheating your iron to its maximum temperature setting for your fabric type. Next, cover the patch with a press cloth (such as a pillowcase or thin fabric sheet ) to protect it from being directly exposed to the iron’s heat.

Set the Iron to the Right Temperature

Ironing patches require using an iron with an appropriate temperature setting; hot irons help ensure the adhesive binds with fabric better, so using a cool iron may lead to adhesion failure. Polyester should be set as your preference rather than steam for best results.

Once your iron is hot, press a cloth over your patch to protect it during ironing and press down for 30 seconds before testing its adhesion. If any loose threads emerge after this period has expired, reapply the heat briefly until further progress can be seen.

Before beginning to apply patches, testing your iron on a small section of fabric is a wise idea. Doing so lets you be sure that its temperature meets your fabric’s needs; additionally, try out various settings until you find what works best.

Before applying a patch to clothing, it is wise to lay out the garment on a flat surface and choose where you want it placed. Once selected, ensure it’s face-up and not crooked; this will help it stick better when ironed.

Certain fabrics aren’t ideal for ironing on patches, so it is wise to check and test patches beforehand. Silk and other delicate fibers should only be ironed at lower temperatures than cotton or denim fabrics, and no leather, vinyl, or elastic materials should ever be ironed on!

As another tip, when ironing patches, use thin cloth or parchment paper as a protective barrier between the fabric and iron to avoid melting or burning patches of heat-sensitive materials like nylon and silk. Furthermore, using parchment paper may help avoid leaving a sticky residue behind on your iron.

Place the Patch on the Fabric

Ironing on patches is an effortless and efficient way to add flair and personality to clothing. From showing your political views or celebrating camp/military achievements to giving an old piece a whole new look – iron-on patches are an ideal way to do just that! However, before embarking on this patch journey, you must understand how best to attach them so they won’t slip or come undone midway through.

First, adjust your iron to an appropriate temperature setting. High heat will ensure that the adhesive on the patch can melt and bond to the fabric; for help determining this setting, consult your garment’s label or contact a professional tailor.

Position your patch onto the fabric as desired and carefully cover it with thin cloth or paper to protect both from the heat of an iron, which could otherwise cause irreparable damage if misused.

A sheet of white paper or pillowcase will do if you don’t own a pressing cloth. Both options provide a vital barrier between the iron and your patch, protecting both from its heat and any moisture it might release.

Once the patch has been covered with fabric, place your iron over it and press down firmly without moving it around or holding it over it for 20 to 30 seconds or as long as per the instructions on your patch.

After ironing on a patch of fabric, allow both pieces to cool completely before removing the paper or cloth backing and enjoying your newly decorated apparel! If your patch starts coming loose over time, sewing it on with needle and thread may help secure it more securely; alternatively, don’t wash clothing more often than necessary, as frequent washes can weaken its glue backing over time and loosen iron-on patches over time.

Cover the Patch with a Press Cloth

Iron-on patches offer a quick and effortless way to add flair and individuality to any garment or item, whether you want to express yourself through them or refresh an old jacket, hat, pair of jeans, or backpack with a new life. Sewing on patches takes more time but provides more secure results, but ironing them on offers an ideal option when time is of the essence.

Before ironing on a patch, cover it with a press cloth made of cotton material to protect it from the heat of an iron and prevent any possible smudges and burns. Use an old T-shirt, pillow case, or another piece of cotton fabric with dimensions slightly larger than its patch to ensure complete coverage without overlaps or gaps.

Once the patch and pressing cloth are in place, set your iron to its highest, ensuring no steam function is active and no water in it. Carefully position it over the patch, pressing firmly without moving while holding for approximately 60 seconds to ensure proper adhesion between the patch and clothing.

Once satisfied with the results, remove the iron and press the cloth, allowing the patch to cool before handling it. If used to cover up holes in clothing, trim its edges so they are not too close. Alternatively, try playing around with patch placement to create unique and eye-catching designs on clothing – remember the correct heat settings, and wash the garment gently after adding patches to prevent fading or peeling before you enjoy your stylish fashion statement!

Place the Iron on the Patch

Iron-on patches are an excellent way to express your creativity and add a unique look to any shirt, hat, jacket, or pair of jeans. However, you must know how to properly apply and secure these patches so they will last as long as possible.

Assure that the fabric you’re applying the patch is compatible with its adhesive backing. Cotton blends and denim are usually suitable, though more delicate materials like silk or lace might need special consideration. Leather may discolor under heat from an iron. If in doubt, test on an inconspicuous part first!

Once you have determined the fabric is suitable, laying it out on an ironing board with the adhesive side down and smoothing it out is recommended. When finished, cover the patch with a press cloth such as a tea towel or cotton pillowcase to protect it from burning while also helping avoid shifting during the application of iron.

Ensure the iron is applied firmly for 30 seconds or longer before taking steps to cool it, and allow the patch to set before trying to move or tug on it. If all efforts have been followed correctly, your patch should remain securely attached without loose edges or peeling.

When applying your new patch, follow the instructions on your iron’s care tag or another guide. Remember that iron-on patches don’t feature glue as strong as that used for stitched patches on clothing, which could result in peeling around their edges over time. In such an instance, fabric glue or hand sewing should usually reattach a portion of it, although if an entire section starts peeling, then cutting it off and starting over may be the better solution.