Hot Stuff! How to Iron On a Patch

Hot Stuff! How to Iron On a Patch

Published Feb 19, 2021 by Rick Cundiff

You know, we discuss a lot of things on this page, mostly patch related, but sometimes we miss things. There’s one idea we haven’t talked about that’s one of the easiest details about custom patches, and that’s how to iron on one.

Really, it’s the fastest, easiest way to attach a patch to just about anything – vest, jacket, cap, backpack, you name it. Just position the patch where you want it, apply heat and presto, it’s firmly attached.

OK, fine, there are a few more steps involved, but trust me, it really is fast an easy.

First things first. DO NOT attempt to apply iron on patches to the following materials:

·        Leather

·        Vinyl

·        Nylon

·        Rayon

·        Silk or lace

·        Waterproof rainwear

·        Highly elastic fabrics

Trust me, you’ll have a hot mess on your hands with these fabrics that can’t take the heat. Remember too, this information is for embroidered or woven patches ONLY. If you have a PVC patch, it must be sewn on.

Once you know you have a suitable fabric and appropriate patch type, lay the item you want to apply the patch to down on a smooth, flat, heat-resistant surface. Then position your patch on the material exactly where you want it. Remember, there are no do-overs – once the heat hits the adhesive, you’re literally stuck with the result.

Place a thin towel or washcloth over your patch. Never apply heat directly to the patch itself.

Next, here comes the heat. Set your iron to the hottest setting your fabric can take. Be sure the steam is turned OFF.

Place the iron on the covered patch and press down firmly. Don’t move the iron, just hold it in place for 15 to 20 seconds, then lift away. Carefully remove the towel and try to lift the edge of the patch. If it lifts, replace the towel and apply heat for 10 more seconds.

Once the patch is firmly attached, let the garment cool for a few minutes. That’s it. You’ve just ironed on a patch! See, we told you it was easy.

For an extra secure patch, you can sew the edges down. This is optional, but it can keep the patch more secure with laundering.

Speaking of laundering, don’t use hot water. It can loosen the adhesive. Hand wash if possible.

That’s pretty much all there is to iron on patches. It’s not an exciting topic, but I hope you found it useful.