How To: Attach Embroidered Patches

How To: Attach Embroidered Patches

Attaching to a flat surface: 

  1. Peel away the protective paper backing and place it, right side up, on the cloth surface you’re adhering to. 
  2. Avoid using an iron directly on the patch to prevent the threads from burning! If possible, flip the material over and press on the patch from the back of the cloth surface to adhere. If ironing on the right side of the patch, cover it with a thin piece of cloth to protect the threads. I like to do this even when I’m ironing the underside of the cloth to protect the material. 
  3. Apply gentle pressure and iron in slow, circular motions for about 30-60 seconds. Ironing time can vary depending on thickness and type of material you’re ironing onto! Stop immediately and let material cool if you see or smell any smoke. 
  4. Lay the material flat and let it cool fully. 
  5. Check the adhesion. If the patch has not completed attached, repeat steps as necessary. 

Optional: The adhesion is strong and can be machine washed but if you’d like, you can make a few stitches at the corners of each patch to ensure it stays attached. 


Attaching to an uneven surface/fanny pack/backpack: 

For certain synthetic materials or uneven surfaces, it can be difficult for the glue to stick. In these situations, we recommend stitching the patch on! You can stitch all around the patch or you can do a hybrid method of ironing, following the instructions above, then adding stitches as needed along the sides to ensure the patch stays attached. 


Care instructions:

Once attached, the patch is now machine washable! For best results, we recommend washing the garment inside out (so the patch is not exposed) in cold water on a gentle cycle. Hang dry to maximize longevity of patch. Note: if ironing onto a dog’s bandana/clothing, the patch may come off or snag on nails when your pup scratches. Make sure to check periodically and re-iron or stitch the patch if it's beginning to come off. These patches are meant for decorative purposes only! 

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