5 Quick Methods for Attaching Patches

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Have you ever been frustrated because embroidery patches wasn’t firmly attached to your clothing? Have you ever been confused about the best way to attach a clothing patch? If so, you need to know how to use different methods to ensure that embroidered emblems is firmly attached to your clothes/ bags/ jeans.

Next, we will introduce five quick and simple methods to solve this problem.

5 Quick Methods for Attaching Patches

Method #1: How To Iron On Patches?

Iron-on patches are the most popular and easy to use. You don’t need to be good at housework, you just need to control the temperature of the iron, and you can easily fix the iron-on patch on the clothes. Let’s talk about the materials you need to prepare and the steps to follow.

Materials: Patch, iron, a piece of cloth

Once you have prepared the above materials, we can start.

Step 1: Lay your clothes flat on the table, place the back of the patch (the side with glue) on the clothes, please place it correctly, and ensure that the patch is flat.

Step 2: Preheat the iron: Set the iron to a suitable temperature around 160 °C. For iron-on patches, generally choose the temperature setting for cotton or linen. Make sure the iron is not too hot to avoid damaging the fabric or burning yourself. Generally, the melting temperature of hot melt glue is between 160°C and 180°C.

Step 3: To avoid damaging your patch with the iron, you can lay a thin layer of cloth on top of the patch. Press the iron-on patch lightly with the iron, hold it for about 10-15 seconds, to make the glue completely melt and stick to the clothes. Light continuous pressure helps to ensure that the iron-on patch is firmly fixed to the clothes.

Step 4: After the hot melt glue is completely cooled, it will be firmly glued to the clothes. During the cooling process of the iron-on patch, please do not move or touch the patch to avoid affecting the fixing effect.

When operating the iron, please be careful: 

1. Make sure to operate in a ventilated place to avoid the impact of smoke and dust on your health.

2. Please choose a fabric that is suitable for high-temperature treatment to avoid damage to the clothes.
3. Operate according to the instructions for using hot melt glue to ensure safety and the best fixing effect. Don’t set the temperature too high or too low, which will cause the patch to be not durable or not stick.

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Method #2: How To Sew On Patches?

Sew On

Sewn patches are also common. it is suitable for hat patches. The method of sewing patches is the most primitive, and embroidery patches can be sewn on clothes manually or using a sewing machine. Because manual sewing is simple, it is ordinary sewing, but you need to have some skills to sew beautifully.

Let’s talk about the method of the sewing machine:

Tools: Patch, needle, thread, scissors, sewing machine

Step 1: Preparation:

Put the patch and clothes that need to be sewn on the table, and prepare the corresponding thread and needle. Fix the position of the patch and clothes to prevent the patch from moving. You can use a pin or thin rope to fix the position.

Step 2: Prepare the sewing machine:

Clean and insert the appropriate needle, choose the appropriate sewing thread and the needle foot of the sewing machine. Please use a thread that matches the color of the patch, like if the patch is red, then you choose red thread, if the patch is white, you choose white thread, so it looks good when sewn. For the needle foot, you mainly consider the material of the clothes. If it is soft and thin fabric, then a thin needle foot is enough. If you want to sew canvas or denim, then you need to choose a thicker needle foot to prevent the needle from not moving or breaking the needle during sewing.

Step 3: Start sewing:

Put the patch on the position where it needs to be sewn, and fix it with a pin. Sew slowly at the beginning, and then gradually speed up. Generally speaking, sewing 2 rounds along the edge of the patch can be very firm.

Step 4: Finish:

At the end of sewing, make sure to handle the thread head and the end of the thread, such as hiding the thread head in the fabric and knotting it. Trim the excess thread.
The method of hand sewing is basically similar, but it requires more patience and skill. Hope this can help you.

Method #3: Velcro

Velcro are popular for Merit badges, police patches, Fire Department Patches, Uniform Patches.

Place the patch with Velcro where you want it to be fixed, and then press it lightly to ensure that the Velcro can fit tightly on the surface of the fabric. This can ensure that the patch is firmly fixed on the clothes.

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Method #4: Safety Pin On

The method of attaching patches with safety pins is very simple. You just need to determine the position of the patch on the clothes, and then use a safety pin to fix the edge of the patch. Depending on the size and shape of the patch, you may need to use one or two safety pins or more to ensure that the patch is firmly attached to the clothes. This method is simple, quick, and can be easily moved or removed at any time.


Method #4: 3M Adhesive

If you want to temporarily attach a patch to your clothes or bag, then 3M adhesive can meet your one-time need. You only need to stick a layer of double-sided adhesive on the back of the patch, tear off the other side, and stick it on the clothes. 3M adhesive is easy to use, but it’s one-time use, it will fall off after a few days.

Method #5:Glue

Glue is NOT a Good Way. You can use fabric adhesive to stick the patch on the clothes. This method is suitable for those fabrics that are not suitable for high-temperature treatment, but it may lose effectiveness over time and after washing.


Things to Consider Before Applying Patches

The choice of method depends on the material of the patch, the fabric of the clothes, and whether you want the patch to be removable, etc.
Before applying the patch on the clothes, you need to consider the following points:

Things to Consider Before Applying Patches

1. Cloth Material:

Different clothes materials may require different fixing methods. Soft fabric may require a lighter sewing line, while sturdy materials may require a stronger line. Make sure you choose the appropriate thread and needle for the fabric you are using.

2. Size and Position of the Patch:

Before starting to sew, make sure you have determined the best position for the patch. Use a pin and thread or a thin rope to secure the patch on the clothes to ensure the position is accurate.

3. Removable Patch:

If you want the patch to be permanent, you can choose to sew or use hot melt patches. If you want the patch to be removable, consider using Velcro, 3M adhesive, or safety pins.

4. Choose a Method You Are Good At:

Hot melt patches require you to know how to use the iron, sewing machines require you to be able to operate the machine and have it at home, or have enough patience and skill when hand sewing.

Considering these factors can help you complete the task more smoothly when using patches and ensure that the patch is firmly fixed on the clothes.


The 5 methods are suitable for woven patches, embroidery patches, chenille patches. When you consider the ways, remember to think about your strengths and materials.  Wish you DIY success.

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