Follow 5 Easy Steps To Sew Iron On Patches

Do you want to do something creative with your old clothes?

Add a touch of patches to them.

By this, you surely remember when you used to stick a monogram on your uniform.

That was also a type of patch.

Emblems can never become outdated because these cute pieces of cloth give a new life to a fabric.

So if you want to add a personality or a sense of identity to your clothes or accessories, you are at the right place. This guide will teach you how to sew iron-on patches on different articles. So keep reading.

How To Sew Iron On Patches On Different Things: Tips And Tricks

Patches will help you to customize everything, from a bag to shoes or a shirt to a skirt.

You can add flowers, a quotation, or even a logo to support your favorite in a football match. All the customization is on you because patches are of many types like printed, woven, embroidery patches, and many more with many backings.

Moreover, if you will work on a thick fabric, use a rigid needle and thread for that. Or vice versa.

So choose the one which suits you. But firstly, you have to know how to paste one. 

On A Shirt:

If you want to decorate a shirt, first, select the shirt’s material for it. Many types and fabrics are available in the market, from cotton buttons down to fleece sweatshirts, woven sweaters and linen flared shirts. It’s on you which one you have.

Next, pick all the usable materials like needles or thread if sewing with hands. Or a machine if you are bad at sewing on your own. All these things should be according to the fabric of the shirt.

Now mark the places you want to place patches with a marker. You can add these cute decorative pieces on the shirt’s arms, collars, or back. Then place the patch on it, and start sewing around the edges of the patch.

Just a tip, you can adjust an emblem with pins first, so it won’t misplace while sewing.

On An Upper:

If you are talking about uppers, there are various options for you.

From leather jackets to burlap coats and fleece zippers to Terry cardigans.

Uppers are mostly winter accessories, so they are usually made of thicker fabrics. But people also wear an over shirt as an upper in summer for a casual style.

So if you are going to add a patch to a leather jacket or thicker fabric, then it will going to be a little tricky. Take a wider needle and thick thread so it won’t break while passing the fabric.

You can also paste a patch first with an iron. So it will not leave its place. But take caution while ironing a patch on a leather jacket because it can ruin or burn it. Parchment paper can be a good option for this purpose.

First, make the area, then put a patch over it. Add the paper on the patch, then carefully with a slow press iron on it. When a patch firmly sticks on it, then you can sew it over.

On Denim:

Denim and iron on patches are always a great pair, as denim is a durable fabric that gives an impressive look when customizing it.

You can see many things made up of this material in the shops, like bags, jackets, jeans, shoes or dresses. You have to name it and you’ll see many things made of this fabric.

There are two types of denim, a thick and a thin one. So select the material to work with accordingly.

First, pick the thing which you want to enhance. Then place an emblem on it, or use an adhesive glue to make it stay at the desired area. Then start sewing with your hands or machine; it’s your choice.

On A Dress:

What does a dress look like without patches?

An incomplete project, right?

So give that flared dress you want to wear on a picnic or a party little magic of patches.   

It will be a bit problematic because dresses have flows and flares. And that makes them moveable from their places. Therefore, before the pasting process, attach the patches with pins at the desired places. And then start sewing one by one. Or you can use sticky iron on patches and paste them with iron.

On Shoes:

Ever seen shoes with customized patches? Aren’t they look fantastic?

You can do it, too, and it looks like a complex process, but it’s not.

Shoes are a rigid article, but with a suitable material, you can easily add a patch. Ironing an iron on patch on a shoe is hard; that’s why sewing plays a helpful hand in this process.

Add the patch to the right place and carefully sew it with the help of your hands. Using a machine also seems impossible.

And ta-da!!

Your new cool shoes are ready to create an impression on your friends.

Moreover, if you are unfamiliar with sewing, you can try other ways to stick iron-on patches.

What Are Other Ways To Add An Iron On Patch Other Than Sewing?

There are many easy DIYs to make your customization process a breeze. We have gathered a list for your ease; keep reading:

  • As the name implies, iron-on patches. You can use an iron to stick them but make sure the glue of the backings is sticky enough for a long run
  • You can use a hair straighter on iron-on emblems; it works the same as iron.
  • You can use good quality fabric glue for pasting these decorative pieces.
  • In a moment of a hurry, you can just add a needle to place the patch on your fabric, but make sure it won’t hurt you.

Add these easy tips to your list of DIYs; we are sure that they will someday help you in life.


Are you ready to steal the spotlight at the party?

Then don’t wait and add some attractive patches of your regular dress, bags or shoes. Because you never run out of trends.

So select the one that goes with your personality and let people know who you are. Because that’s what patches are for, to add a sense of identity and express a person’s interests.

With the knowledge and our guide about sewing a patch and type of fabric, you can enhance the look of anything quickly and easily. Become an artist and create art!

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