How To Attach Embroidered Patches

For some reason, you may want to sew patches on your garment. Maybe some part is torn. Or you want to show love to your best brand by having their logo on your cloth. Keeping the memory of a particular event is excellent. Why don’t you fix patches of the highlights on your kid’s backpack so that they live to remember? In this article, you will acknowledge yourself on how to achieve this.

Do you have that denim or leather cloth that you no longer wear? It may be in a good state but the taste it gives you is not pleasing. Consider embroidering figures into it, and you may want to wear it more often. Appliqueing and weaving badges or patches to your jeans or jerseys are also other options to give them a better taste. It’s the trend right now. Have you been struggling with this? Or you want to get the best insights into placing patches on your clothes and accessories? You’re in the right place now, and you will learn how best you can do it.

How to Attach Embroidered Patches?

By sewing, either using your hand or by a machine, you will fix the embroidered patches. Besides this, ironing-on and using a glue are also other ways you can use. There are a whole lot of different methods. However, applying heat and then sewing the patch to the garment will help you in fully-embroidering.

How to Attaching Embroidered Patch Without Sewing?

Are you looking for a less-stressful way to attach patches in your shirt? Then be ready to incorporate special baking in your procedure. Heat-sealing is one kind of special baking. Other types are Velcro or Self-adhesive. Either way, you will attach that patch without having to strain much.

Attach Embroidered Patch with Glue

attach embroidered patch with glue

While using glue, ensure it’s of high-quality—that which will make the patch on your scout uniform stick for long. The best second option for sewing is this.

You have to ensure that the glue you use to stick your badge stays intact even after washing.

So, go out of your ordinary way and get a high-quality one. You needn’t worry about the patch even after washing your uniform for long. Here is how you can attach a patch to that scout uniform.

Step 1: Come up with a strategic place where you’ll stick the patch.  If you find that you haven’t put it in the right place, you need not worry. Following the instructions that come with the glue, you will see how to remove it.

Step 2: Horizontally place the uniform on a table or any flat surface.

Step 3: In the area where you want to fix the patch, apply glue. Ensure you are careful since you can easily make a mess. Also, spread glue to the patch.

Step 4: Allow the glue to rest for 2 to 5 minutes. It will be evaporating, leaving behind a well-built stickiness.

Step 5: Carefully rest the patch on the uniform. As you place it, squeeze them together.

Step 6: They will adhere to each other instantly. Give the uniform 24 hours before washing and wearing it.

Attach Embroidered Patch with Iron-on Patches

attach embroidered patch with iron on patches

Ironing to attach a patch to your shirt will be successful only if you do it the right way.

Sure enough, you want the patch to stay intact for long, if possible, forever, even after several washes. Being one of the best ways, learn how to do it rightly for long-lasting results.

You can’t use the iron-on method with every cloth or accessory. So, ensure you check the material of your garment before anything. Cotton materials will do go with iron-on patches, even denim also. Ensure the material is relatively light or heavy.

You should ensure that the weight of the patch is equivalent to that of your garment. Always verify this before you select the patch you want to fix on your clothing.

Step 1: Place your shirt or denim on your ironing board or table. Curl up your bath towels and use them to cover the cloth.

Step 2: By this time, you already know where you want your patch to be. Carefully place it, ensuring that the sticky part lands on the material.

Step 3: Turn off the steam option on your iron.  Ensure also that there is no water on your iron. Heat your iron and set it to the hottest vote. It shouldn’t be too hot such that it spoils your garment.

Step 4: Carefully place a cloth on top of the patch. Careful because you don’t want to change its position. The fabric will ensure protection to the patch and the material.

Step 5: For 10 to 20 seconds, forcefully press the iron over the patch. Remember, the patch’s position needs to stay in place. So ensure that your hands are incredibly stable.

Step 6: Withdraw the iron to give it time to cool. As you remove it, be careful. Wait for a while before you remove the cloth to examine the patch. Mildly pat the edges of the patch while inspecting. If some part of the patch isn’t intact to your fabric, you may see it lifting. In such a case, place your cloth on the patch again and Iron it for 10 to 15 seconds.

How to Attaching Embroidered Patch With Hand Sewing

how to attaching embroidered patch with hand sewing

Whether you are using a machine or using your hand to fix the embroidered patch, the process is simple and easy to follow. Read through this section to know to sew the patch using your hand.

You can directly go ahead to sew the patch if your uniform is old. But if it’s new, doing this may leave an uneven cluster under the patch after the first wash. So, ensure you wash and dry it before stitching the patch. 

Step 1: Get Thread and a Sewing Needle  – The color of your thread needs to be similar to that of the uniform or the patch’s edge. If not, go for a darker color.

Step 2: Place the Patch in the Right Position – Be sure of the patch’s positioning. For instance, for military uniforms, there is a specific area for placing the patch.

Step 3: Use a Safety Pin – It’s an excellent way to know if the patch’s positioning is right. It is best to ask someone veteran to help you see if it’s correct.

use a safety pin

Step 4: Adjust Your Patch in Position for Sewing – A safety or straight pin will help you. You can also iron-on the patch using adhesive fabric tape.

adjust your patch in position for sewing

Step 5: Cut the Thread – Ensure the piece of thread is short, preferably 18 inches, or even smaller. It will be strenuous to work with a long one.

Step 6: Tie a Knot  – A needle-threader will save you here since it can be hard threading it.

Step 7: Start Sewing – Insert the needle through the garment and drive it out. It should come up by the patch.

Step 8: Pick a Straight Stitch Pattern – At about 16mm from the coming up point, slide the needle back to the patch through the fabric.

Step 9: Stitch the Whole Patch – Keep on sewing all around the patch until you reach your starting point. Ensure there are no bends as you sew.

Step 10: Knot the Thread – You are now back to your starting point. Curl the thread and pass the needle across it to knot your thread. If there are free threads past the knot, trim them.

Where to Get Embroidered Patches?

Well, you can get embroidered patches by making them with felt. Feel free to explore other methods. If you want to get them ready-made in various colors, shapes, and sizes, some stores sell them. Beaded and sequined patches are also other great options. All in all, a patch is simply a piece of fabric. 

Where Do You Attach Embroidered Patches?

The front and back of your jacket and on your shoulder are excellent places. It will also look classy when you attach it to your chest side. However, you can place it anywhere on your garment, as long as it makes sense. It will give you a look to die for if you attach it to the right place.



I'm Jessica Flores, a professional fashion designer and an expert seamstress. Crafting has always been a deep-seated passion of mine, one that has flourished and evolved over the years. I've dedicated considerable time to both studying and practicing in the realm of fashion and sewing, amassing a wealth of experience and skills. It brings me great joy to share these insights and experiences with you all, hoping to inspire and foster a similar passion for the art of sewing.

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