How To Iron On A Patch To A Backpack

Iron-on patches come in many shapes and sizes. You will find them in various bright shades and designs.  

You can also use them on your or your child’s backpack to personalize it. Otherwise, if the backpack has some holes, covering them with these iron-on patches will solve the issue. 

Attaching iron-on patches on a backpack will give children an additional reason to go to school. They will make the entire backpack look beautiful and unique. But the real question is, how do you put them on the backpack?

Well, there are some ways you can do this, which will provide you with a beautifully decorated backpack.

How To Iron On A Patch To A Backpack?

How To Iron On A Patch To A Backpack?

The best way to put an iron-on patch onto a backpack is through the process of sewing. Sewing or stitching stands out as one of the best ways to have these iron-on patches on the backpack.

When you sew them properly, they will firmly stay attached to the backpack and not come off even when you wash them. 

Also, sewing an iron-on patch stands out as a much better option than using fabric glue to stick it on the backpack. 

To know how you can put a patch on a backpack in detail, you can use this particular document as your ultimate guide. 

To iron on a patch on a backpack, you do not need to possess additional skills or knowledge. It’s pretty easy to do so, and it will not take much time. To know how it’s done, check the information below. 

Steps 1: Obtain The Right Materials

Placing iron-on patches might not be difficult, but you need several things to get started. The first you will require is a backpack. You can opt for a medium-sized or small-size backpack.

Other things you require are the iron patches, a handheld iron and an iron board, pins, and pressing cloth. When you have materials, you can begin your work in a hassle-free manner. 

Step 2: Secure And Place The Patch

Take the iron-on patch you like and put it in a place you want. When placing the patches, avoid putting on padded or seam areas. 

Doing so will become a bit difficult for you when it comes to the sewing part. After that, you can use some pins and place them around the patch. The pins will make the stitching process a lot more simple and more manageable. 

On the other hand, if you reinforce the iron-on patch, you can place the iron until it firmly sticks on the backpack’s surface. After that, you can sew the edges of the patch.

Adding some stitches will prevent the patches from falling off over time. This is one of the best ways to secure them. 

Step 3: Sew The Patches Carefully

Sew The Patches Carefully

When sewing the iron-on patches, you can do it through a stitching device or with your hand. 

No matter what type of stitch technique you are using, make sure you sew the patches slowly and carefully.

Working on the sewing part properly will enable the needle to penetrate properly within the thick layers of the patch. This particular step might be challenging for you because the layers of the iron-on patches are pretty thick.

But it will provide you with a positive outcome. As you keep sewing, be sure to keep removing the pins you placed as well. 

Also, if you are using a sewing machine, you must use a giant sewing needle for the work. Why? It’s because small needles will break instantly when you try to sew through these thick-layered patches. 

You can remove the pins as you keep sewing the patches, and for the stitching part, you can go for the zigzag stitch or the straight stitch. 

Step 4: Complete The Work

Once you have sewed the iron-on patches on your backpack, tie knots once the sewing work is completed. Making knots will ensure that the patches will not come off. 

You can sew several times so that patch looks good in its place and have zero chances of falling or coming off. 

After you complete the sewing work and make knots at the ends, you must trim out all the excess or loose threads on the edges of the patches. Doing so will make the patches look neat and clean.

Now you have a backpack decorated with colorful, unique, and beautiful iron-on patches, which will give your backpack a brand-new look.

Why Put Iron-On Patches On Your Backpack?

Why Put Iron-On Patches On Your Backpack?

Iron-on patches have their unique charm, for which so many people across the globe love them. There are many reasons to place iron-on patches. These reasons are:

  1. When you place iron-on patches on your backpack, it will enable you to express your very own individuality. 
  2. Placing these beautiful patches will also help you cover all the torn or worn-out areas of your bag. 
  3. Putting these patches on your backpack will provide a smoother finish. They are pretty smooth to touch and are completely flat. 
  4. One of the biggest reasons to put iron-on patches is because they will not cost you much. In other words, they are available at a lower price and will fall under your budget. 

Ways To Prepare The Sewing Work To Place The Iron-On Patches

When you have decided to decorate your backpack with iron-on patches, you have to prepare some things before beginning the work. The first thing you need to do is clean the backpack from inside and out.

The backpack is a type of accessory that you can use for several months without cleaning it. So, right before you begin the sewing work, make sure to clean your backpack thoroughly. 

Doing so will prevent you from trapping any dust or dirt while sewing the iron-on patches. Also, you can either hand-wash the backpack or use the washing machine for it. 

The Type Of Thread You Need For Sewing

When you have already decided the type of patches you wish to place on the backpack, you have to choose the type of thread you need for sewing. 

In other words, you have to select the thread color to match the patch. For instance, you need to match it perfectly with the iron patch if you are using an invisible stitch.

Doing so will make the stitched area look invisible, and it will look like part of the backpack itself. 

On the other hand, if you want a contradictory appearance for your patch, you must go for a thread that comes with a divergent shade. You use a sewing machine to create the stitches; make sure it’s an even-looking one. 

Stitches You Can Opt For Sewing An Iron-On Patch

Stitches You Can Opt For Sewing An Iron-On Patch

There are several stitch techniques you can choose when you are sewing iron-on patches. Below are some of them. Have a look!

  • Straight or Running Stitch

If you want to sew on a backpack easily, you must go for the running stitch or the straight stitch. No matter which stitching technique you choose, both of them provide a straight line on the iron-on patch.

You can use either the same color thread or a contrasting color thread according to your needs. The straight stitching technique stands out as the most basic stitch, which a sewing device will carry. 

On the other hand, the running stitch is pretty easy to do as well. All you have to do is start stitching from the wrong area and head towards the right area, but it should be in a straight line.

  • Whip Stitch 

Invisible stitch or a whip stitch is a stitching technique where you sew the material right at the patch’s edge. After that, you have to pass the needle right beneath the cloth or fabric. 

You will pick up the material and get to stitch one layer at a time, and then whip stitch is much easier when compared with running stitch.

Where Else Can I Use The Iron-On Stitches?

Where Else Can I Use The Iron-On Stitches?

Instead of a backpack, you can use the iron-on stitches for various other things. Some of the places you can use them are for customizing clothes and Teams and groups uniform. 

You can also use the patches in clothing labels for your brand when you want your clothes to stand out. 

Also, if you are a talented and experienced designer and have the power to create iron-on patches, you can use them to increase your online sales. Doing so will not just help you gain success but attract new customers.

Can I Use These Patches As A Free Gift?

Yes, of course, you can. You can easily use beautiful and unique pieces of iron-on patches in the form of a gift. 

Some of the best ways you can do so are providing them as a corporate present during your next exhibition. 

This stands out as the best way to make sure that your business sticks in every individual’s mind. 

On the other hand, you can use these patches for presenting to something you love and care about.



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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