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How Long Does It Take to Create Your Own Patch?

As you can imagine, a lot goes into producing custom patches: from choosing patch border options and backing options to text size and thread colors.

Whether you want to make patches for an upcoming event or need patches for your company or organization, we can help! With many years in the business, we know what it takes to create quality patches.

This guide will highlight the process involved in creating a patch and how long it takes to receive your final product. First, let’s explore a few design options you can choose from.

Patch Border Option

patch borer

There are two border options for embroidered patches: Die-Cut and Merrowed. You can use die-cut borders on simple and complex shapes. If your design has complex edges, you may need to go for a die-cut border.

Merrowed borders, on the hand, wrap around the exterior section of the patch and are a bit raised. You can use merrowed borders on designs that aren’t too complex. Ovals, circles, squares, rockers, and similar shapes can have merrowed edges.

Backing Options

There are several backing options available for custom patches. If you’re on a budget, you can choose the plastic backing option. For an extra fee, you can use pin back, adhesive, velcro, iron-on, or magnetic backings.

Thread Colors


You can choose from hundreds of bright thread colors. However, make sure to choose colors with adequate contrast to make the patch readable. 

Depending on the design, using fewer colors can make your design appear more striking than designs with many colors. But if you can’t decide on a color, our expert team will select the best match for you.

Designing Your First Patch

True, custom embroidery patches are stunning, but not without limitations. A quality patch design must be readable, appealing, and recognizable. 

Also, it is important not to fill the patch design with complex and many elements. Having multiple elements on one design will make it appear cluttered, but you can if the patch is big.

Here is what you need to do… Focus more on the important design instead of giving less attention to many elements. If you need help with the design, our experienced artists are always ready to help you out.

Text size

The recommended height for texts is 0.25″ high. It would be best if you also considered simple fonts like Arial, Helvetica, or Myriad for minimum size text. And remember, texts with scripts, thin lines or embellishments will not stitch properly at small sizes.

You can also increase your patch’s size to contain the stitching, especially if your design has small text.

What if I don’t have a finished art?

Don’t fret; The/Studio set up free artwork for all our orders. It doesn’t matter if you have only a napkin drawing design or your design requires minor changes; we’ve got you covered. If you are not a designer, these few tips will give the artist a clear picture of what you desire:

  • If you want to incorporate any important detail, let us know. Make sure you describe the feature in detail!
  • Send pictures or examples to give the artist a clear picture of what you desire.
  • Create a rough sketch. And it doesn’t need to be comprehensive.

The Order Process

Now that you know your design options, let’s talk about the process and how long it takes. Once you have a clear picture of what you want, you can begin the order process. Here is how it works…

  • Send us your design or get help from our talented artist at zero cost.
  • Finalize  your artwork
  • Approve pre-production sample
  • Receive your order

So How Long Does It Really Take to Complete an Order

How long it will take depends on several factors.

First, the design. Does the company have a ready-made design for each type of patch? 

The second factor is material. Are the materials readily available? And, of course, the number of patches ordered. Ordering 1000 patches will surely take more time than 500 patches.

However, it normally takes about 2 to 3 weeks to complete an order and send it to you. But you can choose rush service if you need the order sooner than the regular time frame.

We hope this has cleared up some questions about the ordering process and how long it takes to create a patch. Contact us if you need more information. If you’re set to create your first patch, get a free quote from The/Studio today!





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