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What Are Press-On Patches?

Custom press-on patches offer the fastest application of any patch! Let’s learn more about this easy-to-use patch backing.

If you’ve been researching how to make custom patches, then chances are you’ve come across the term “press-on patch.”  But what does that mean? 

Well, you’re in the right place. In this article, we’ll learn about press-on patches. Then we’ll share how to make your own custom press-on patches here at The/Studio!

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What Are Press-On Patches? 

To start, we should be clear that a press-on patch isn’t technically a style of patch. We offer seven different patch styles at The/Studio: embroidered, woven, PVC, chenille, leather, bullion, and printed. (You can learn more about all our custom patch styles on our Custom Patches page.) The term “press-on” doesn’t refer to the type of patch, but the backing used on the patch. 

In addition to picking the patch material and customizing the design of your patch, at The/Studio you can choose between many different patch backings. The backing is the method you’ll use to adhere ryour patch to the jacket, pants, backpack, or other merch of your choice.

Press-on patches are also known as adhesive patches, because they use adhesive backing, instead of, say, sew-on backing or iron-on backing. Adhesive patches turn your patch basically into a sticker. The adhesive is strong enough to stick to any surface and is extremely durable. Best of all you can apply it instantly! Simply peel and stick—just like a custom sticker.

Why Use an Adhesive (Press-On) Backing?

There are many reasons why you might use an adhesive backing. Adhesive backings are best for more temporary uses because they don’t last as long as sew-on (the most durable backing) or iron-on backing. 

We also recommend an adhesive backing if you are going to use your patches on a hard surface, like a water thermos, laptop, or cell phone. You can also use them on clothing if you only want to wear the patches for a short period. That’s not to say our custom-made press-on patches won’t stay on for the long haul, but generally, they just don’t last as long as other patch backings.

In summary, adhesive backing is best used because of its: 

  • Simple, rapid application (Peel & Stick!)
  • Ability to adhere to hard surfaces and electronics, such as a water bottle, helmet, or laptop, where other patch backings wouldn’t work.
  • Easy removal after short periods

NOTE: When you choose The/Studio, you can pick from 18 secure patch backings, including iron-on backing, velcro hook backing, adhesive backing, thin plastic backing, magnetic backing, and more.

How to Order Custom Adhesive Patches

We would love to help you with your custom adhesive patch order! Contact one of our Creative Specialists or use our hands-on Create Tool to get started today 

Here is what you can expect when you order your custom press-on patches from The/Studio:

  • FREE shipping (anywhere in the world) 
  • No MOQS 
  • Competitive prices and promotions 
  • In-house design team 
  • Lightning-fast turnaround times 
  • Stellar customer service 

Simply click the link below to begin designing your custom adhesive patches. We’re psyched to see what you come up with!

Create Custom Press-On Patches Today

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