How To Iron On A Custom Patch 

Congratulations, your custom patch has arrived, and you can’t wait to put it on!

The only problem is you may have no clue how to iron a custom patch to your garment.

Fortunately, we’ve created a simple guide to iron your newly-arrived custom patch to your clothing. Your customized garment will be ready to wear in no time!

Iron-On Patch Instructions

  1. Lay the clean garment on a flat surface.
  2. Turn the iron on. Ensure steam is off with no water in the iron. Set the temperature to the right fabric setting.
  3. Place the patch (facing up) onto the garment where desired. Place a thin (cotton) cloth over the patch area.
  4. Apply pressure with the iron in circular motions for 10-30 seconds over the patch area to ensure adhesion. Allow the patch to cool.
  5. Flip the garment inside-out, apply direct heat (or place a thin cloth over it to avoid a burnt effect on your garment before applying heat) with the iron onto the areas until adhered. Once again, allow the patch to cool.
  6. Check if the patch has adhered completely. (Repeat steps 4-6 if necessary).
  7. It’s now ready to wear! Enjoy your newly patched garment

What You’ll Need

  • Your iron-on patch
  • A thin tea towel or washcloth
  • Iron
  • Ironing board

How to Iron on a Custom Patch: A Step-by-Step Guide

Once your supplies are ready, follow our step-by-step guide to iron your custom patch for your clothing.

1. Ensure Clothing is Washed, Dry, and Wrinkle-free


Before you begin, make sure your garment is ready for application. Keep your clothing washed, dry, and wrinkle-free to ensure the patch sticks properly. Then, lay the garment on the ironing board.

2. Set the Iron to the Proper Settings


Set the iron to the correct settings based on your material. Delicate fabrics like fleece require low heat, while polyester or cotton can handle medium or medium-high heat. If you’ve got heavy fabrics such as canvas or denim, crank the heat up to high. And if your iron has specific fabric settings, choose one that matches your fabric.

3. Iron the Area Before Placing the Custom Patch


Next, iron the area of the garment where you intend to place the patch. This step will help activate the adhesive backing, ensuring it melts and fuses with the fabric.

4. Place a Towel Over the Garment and Press the Iron


Now you’re ready to place the embroidered patch on the desired area. Once positioned correctly, place a thin tea towel or cloth over the patch.

Press the cloth firmly with the iron, keeping the iron moving in a slow circular motion for at least 90 seconds. Ensure you’re ironing across the edges and corners of the patch for secure attachment.

5. Check to See that the Patch is Applied Correctly


Check whether the patch is adhering by lifting or tugging at the patch. If it’s not sticking, you may have to start with a new patch. Otherwise, continue to the next step.

6. Reverse the Material Inside Out


Assuming the patch is adhering, reverse the clothing inside out. Place the washcloth or towel over the patch. Then, press and move the iron in a slow circular motion for around 30 seconds.

7. Let the Clothing Cool


Remove your tea towel or washcloth and ensure the patch is securely attached. Once the patch adheres well, let it cool. Do the movement test: if it doesn’t withstand your body movement, repeat the ironing process until the patch is secure.

8. Enjoy!


Enjoy your newly customized clothing, and get ready for compliments!

Frequently Asked Questions

Still curious about ironing on a custom patch? We’ve answered a few related questions below.

Can You Put an Iron Directly on a Patch?

No, a tea towel or washcloth serves as a barrier between the heat and the patch to prevent potential fabric damage. The adhesive backing can also leave residue stuck onto the iron.

How Do You Iron on a Patch and Make It Stay?

Preheat the iron to a low setting, and place a thin cloth over your patch and garment. Press the iron on the patch long enough for the adhesive to fuse with the fabric. Reverse the garment inside out and repeat. And of course, let it cool before use.

What Fabric Is Best for Iron-on Patches?

We recommend cotton, as it’s designed to handle extreme heat, but always check the manufacturer’s instructions for maximum temperature allowance. Or, test the garment on a small sample fabric beforehand.

Final Thoughts

Now, you can finally restore your old pair of jeans or personalize your favorite clothing with iron-on patches! Ironing on patches is an easy process as long as you follow our guide.

To execute these steps successfully, you’ll need a high-quality custom patch with heat-seal backing. At The/Studio, you can select your patch material, backing, and even design. Simply upload your artwork and see your ideas come to life. Get in touch today to get started!


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