Articles By Bill Jackson

How to Apply Iron On Patches

Iron PatchesIf you want to display the logos of some of your favorite sports teams on your jacket sleeve or simply show off some of the skills that you have learned in summer camp through your backpack, iron on patches may be considered as a great way to help show your individuality. They can also be extremely useful to help you hide torn or damaged spots on your accessories or clothes. For this article, you will learn some of the basic procedures on how you can apply your iron on patch to a chosen clothing or accessory.

First, you need to figure out the types of patch that you currently have on hand.

Some patches come with cloth backing or glue on the back part. You need to take a good look at your patch and eventually decide if you need additional materials to make it stick to your desired surface.

Check out the fabric of your accessory or clothing where you intend to attach the iron on patches.

Usually, cotton and denim are considered as best bases for an iron on patch. As a rule of thumb, your chosen fabric should be just as heavy as the patch that you wish to place on it.

Check out the fabric care label so you can see if this can be ironed. If you do not see any indication of the ironing restrictions, you have to figure out the material that it is made of. Usually, you can find this on the same label.

In working with polyester fabric, you have to exercise caution because application of high heat needed for iron on patches can burn your fabric or can cause discoloration. Also, delicate fabrics like silk should not be used with these types of patches because you can damage their surfaces even if you attempt to apply relatively low heat intensity levels.

You also have to think about placement and design.

Before you decide to heat up your iron, you have to lay out the backpack, sash, jacket, shirt, or pants and decide the exact spot where you want to place the iron on patch.

For the first part of the ironing proper, lay the base fabric on a flat and heat resistant surface.

For this step, an ironing board is extremely helpful. However, if you do not have one, you may also go for other stable and flat items like a sturdy table lined with a thick blanket.

Place the iron on patches on your preferred position.


You should place the adhesive side flat against your base fabric. Make sure that the patch and the base fabric are not crooked. The following are the locations of the adhesive side of the patches:

  • Embroidered: underside
  • Transfer paper: side where you can find the image
  • Fusible webbing: backing against the fabric
  • Patches that blend in with fabric: applied on reverse side of clothing


As soon as you have decided where the patch should be placed, you have to heat up your iron.

Turn this to the highest setting that your fabric can possibly tolerate. You have to make sure that you have turned off the steam option. Also, you should make sure that is not full of water. Otherwise, you may experience an unsuccessful transfer of the patch. In some cases, this can ruin both your clothing and your patch.

Place a thin fabric over your patch.

Preferably, you have to go for a thin towel. This will help protect the surrounding fabric and the iron on patch. Make sure that the position of the patch will not be disturbed.

Place the iron over the patch and press down.

You have to hold this position for around 15 seconds. Apply just enough pressure on the surface.