How To Apply An Embroidered Patch

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Embroidered patch are a popular way to personalize garments, bags, and accessories. Embroidered patches offer a simple and effective solution for a variety of needs. Showcase your favorite band, express your personality, or cover a small hole or stain.

This article will guide you through the process of applying an embroidered patch. We will ensure the result looks secure and professional.

Step by step, we will show you how. From gathering the necessary materials to adding those finishing touches, we’ll cover everything you need to know. Let’s dive in!

Gathering the Necessary Materials

Before you begin, gathering all the materials you’ll need to successfully apply an embroidered patch is important. Here’s a list of essentials:

Embroidered patch: Choose a patch that matches your style and preferences. There are countless designs available, from vintage-inspired motifs to modern and quirky ones.

Garment or item: Select the garment or item you want to attach the patch to. It can be a jacket, jeans, backpack, or even a cap.

Choose a thread color that fits well with the patch. It should also match the fabric of the item you are attaching it to. Thread and needle will help you get the job done. Ensure you have a sturdy needle that can handle the thickness of the fabric.

Scissors: You’ll need a pair of scissors to trim any loose threads or excess fabric.

Pins: Pins will come in handy for temporarily securing the patch in place before you stitch it permanently.

You need an iron and an ironing board if your patch has an iron-on backing. This is to activate the adhesive.

Fabric glue (optional): In some cases, fabric glue can be used as an alternative or additional method for securing the patch.

Ensure you have all these materials ready before proceeding to the next steps.

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Preparing the Patches and Garment

Properly preparing both the patch and the garment will ensure a smooth and secure application. Here’s what you should do:

a. Patch preparation:

If the patch has a plastic or protective backing, carefully remove it.

Examine the edges of the patch. If there are any loose threads, trim them with scissors to create clean edges.

If the patch is wrinkled, use a warm iron (without steam) to gently press it to remove any creases. Be cautious not to iron directly on embroidered details as it may damage the threads.

b. Garment preparation:

Clean the area of the garment where you intend to place the patch. Ensure there are no dust, dirt, or stains that could interfere with the patch’s adhesive or stitching.

If the fabric is thick or textured, consider using an iron to smooth out the area. However, be cautious if the fabric is delicate or prone to heat damage.

Prepare the patch and garment properly. This will create an ideal surface for the patch to adhere to or be stitched onto. This will result in a more secure attachment.

Applying the Patch

Now that you have gathered the necessary materials and prepared the patch and garment, it’s time to apply the embroidered patch. The process may vary slightly depending on whether your patch has an iron-on backing or requires stitching. Here’s how to proceed:

  • a. Iron-on method:

Position the patch on the desired area of the garment, adhesive side down. Ensure it is centered and aligned as desired.

Place a thin cloth or a pressing cloth over the patch to protect it from direct heat.

Set your iron to the appropriate temperature for the fabric of the garment (refer to the garment’s care label). Avoid using steam.

Apply gentle pressure and press the iron onto the patch and the surrounding fabric for about 20-30 seconds. Be sure to apply even pressure across the entire patch.

Lift the iron and allow the patch and fabric to cool down. Check if the patch is securely attached by gently tugging at the edges. If it lifts easily, repeat the ironing process.

Once the patch is firmly attached, let it cool completely before wearing or handling the garment.

  • b. Stitching method:

Position the patch on the desired area of the garment and use pins to temporarily secure it in place. Make sure it is centered and aligned correctly.

Thread a needle with a color of thread that matches the patch or the fabric.

Starting from the inside of the garment, bring the needle up through the fabric near the edge of the patch.

Insert the needle through the edge of the patch, following the embroidered design. Take small, even stitches, making sure to catch the fabric and the patch’s edge without pulling too tightly.

Continue stitching along the entire perimeter of the patch until it is securely attached.

Knot the thread on the inside of the garment and trim any excess thread.

  • Securing the Patch in Place

To ensure the longevity of your embroidered patch, it’s essential to secure it further. This step is particularly important if you opted for the iron-on method. Even if you stitched the patch, additional reinforcement can help prevent it from loosening over time. Here are a couple of ways to secure the patch:

  • a. Stitching:

Thread a needle. Make a few additional stitches through the fabric. Patch along the edges and strategic points of the design.

This extra layer of stitching will provide added durability and prevent the patch from loosening or coming off.

  • b. Fabric glue:

If you’re concerned about the patch shifting or coming loose, you can apply fabric glue to the edges of the patch.

Carefully lift the edges of the patch and apply a small amount of fabric glue. Press the edges down firmly to adhere them to the garment.

Be mindful not to use an excessive amount of glue to avoid it seeping through the fabric or creating visible stains.

Choose the method that suits your preferences and the nature of the patch and garment. Securing the patch will provide peace of mind knowing it will stay in place even with regular wear and washing.

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Finishing Touches and Caring for the Patch

Attach the embroidered patch to your garment securely. Now, add the finishing touches. Learn how to properly care for it. This will ensure its longevity. Follow these steps:

  • a. Trim any loose threads:

Examine the patch and the surrounding fabric for any loose threads. Use a pair of sharp scissors to carefully trim them, ensuring a clean and polished appearance.

  • b. Test the attachment:

Before wearing or using the garment, test the attachment by gently tugging at the edges of the patch. It should feel secure and not lift or shift easily. If it does, consider reinforcing the stitching or applying additional fabric glue.

  • c. Washing instructions:

Check the care label of your garment for specific washing instructions. In general, turning the garment inside out before washing is recommended to protect the patch.

If using a washing machine, opt for a gentle cycle and cold water. Avoid using bleach or harsh detergents that may fade the colors of the patch.

If handwashing, use a mild detergent and gently agitate the garment in cool water. Rinse thoroughly and avoid wringing or twisting the fabric.

After washing, lay the garment flat to dry or hang it up in a well-ventilated area. Avoid using a dryer, as the heat can potentially damage the patch or cause the adhesive to loosen.

d. Handling and storage:

When handling the garment, try to avoid pulling or tugging on the patch excessively, as this can strain the attachment.

Store the garment in a cool and dry place, away from direct sunlight. If possible, store it flat or hang it on a padded hanger to minimize creasing.

Follow these finishing touches and take care of the patch. This will help keep it in good condition and looking vibrant for many years.


Applying an embroidered patch is a fun and creative way to personalize your garments and accessories. With the right materials, proper preparation, and secure attachment, you can confidently showcase your style and make a statement. Enjoy the process and wear your patched creations with pride!