Patches are everywhere!!! This nostalgic trend from our youth has made a raging comeback and we are loving it. Iron on patches are a fun way to customize your jackets, jeans, backpacks or more, helping us show off our personality in a fun, unique way. Ironing on patches can be quick and easy, and can give you lasting results with or without the sewing machine. We will show you two ways to add these fun patches to your own style, putting you perfectly on trend for the season.
2 ways to add patches to your clothing
Skill level: beginner
Time Needed: 5 – 10 min
How to iron on a store bought patch:
1. Plug in the iron, and set the iron to a ‘dry’ cotton setting, making sure there is no steam.
2. Gently iron your clothing, removing any wrinkles prior to setting patch.
3. Place the patch face up in your desired location.
4. If needed, use a pressing cloth or a thin piece of quilting cotton, directly on top of your patch.
5. Press the iron directly on top of the patch, applying firm pressure. Do not move the iron back and forth, as you do not want the patch to shift. Press firm for 30 – 40 seconds. Remove iron.
6. Turn project inside out, and press the iron directly on top of the wrong side of the patch, on the opposite side of the clothing. Press firm for 30 – 40 seconds. Remove the iron and allow to cool.
7. Carefully test your patch by trying to peel up the edges gently. If it does not move, it is secure.
8. *Optional – If you plan on washing the item a lot (like jeans), it is recommended to tack the patch in place with a few hand stitches around the outer edges to secure patch in place.
*All store bought patches have specific directions on their packaging. Please refer to these instructions for ultimate satisfaction.*
How to download and make your own GENIUS patch:
1. Following the instructions on the heat n bond packaging, iron the rough side of the heat n bond directly onto the wrong side of your white fabric. Cut fabric to size, so that it is the same size as a sheet of paper (which happens to be the same size of your heat n bond).
2. Place the fabric directly into your ink jet printer, so that the image will print onto the fabric side. (If needed, run a test paper through your printer to determine which way to insert your fabric.)
3. Print out the image onto your fabric.
4. Cut out each patch image, outside of the black rectangle.
5. Peel away the Heat n Bond backing, and place the patch right side up in your desired location.
6. Using a pressing cloth or thin piece of quilting cotton, iron the patch directly onto your clothing by pressing firmly with the iron. Do not move the iron back and forth, as you do not want the patch to shift. Press firm for 30 – 40 seconds. Remove iron, and press again until you have covered all of the patch surfaces.
7. Using black thread, set your sewing machine to a zigzag stitch with a medium to wide stitch length, and a very tight or narrow stitch. You want it to be like a buttonhole stitch, with little to no space in between the zigzags. Sew around the entire outer edge of the patch, using the black rectangle as your guide. If necessary, sew around twice for a nice thick patch outline.
Think outside of the box when it comes to patches!
Use doilies, sequin ribbon, ricrac flowers, buttons or more to customize your jean jackets! All you need to do is pin in place, and sew!
So have some fun with this retro trend, trust me – your kids (OR YOU!!!) will love it.