Ironing-on is quick and typically last twenty washes. All you need is an iron and a towel or a cloth. Be careful applying the patch to non-ironable fabrics like nylons, vinyls and polyesters. Applying the high heat necessary for ironing on patches can burn the fabric or cause it to get discoloured.
1. Lay your garment on a flat, heat-resistant surface.
2. Turn the iron to the highest temperature setting and pre-heat the iron for a couple of minutes.
3. Iron the area of garment where the patch will be placed to make sure it's warm.
4. Place the patch on the garment and put a cloth or a thin towel over it (so you don't burn the patch).
5. Position the heated iron over the patch and press down. Using a slow circular motion, press firmly for 30 seconds. Apply as much pressure as you can by pressing down firmly.
6. If possible, turn the garment inside out, and iron the back of the patch for 30 seconds.
7. Let cool for one minute. If edge of patch can be lifted, repeat step 5 and 6.
Sewing by hand
This is the most permanent way to secure your patch. Al you need is a sewing needle and some black thread.
1. Secure your patch in place for sewing. Use a safety pin or straight pin to hold the patch in place.
2. Cut a piece of thread of about 50 cm. Thread the needle and tie a knot at the end of the thread.
3. Begin threading the needle through your fabric and the patch. Start on the inside of your garment and poke the needle out, coming up through the patch.
4. Sew with a straight stitch pattern. Run the needle back through the garment about 5 mm from where you brought it out. Follow the inside of the white outer edge.
5. Continue your straight stitch until you’ve gone all the way around your patch. You should end where you started.
6. To complete sewing your patch, thread your needle through so that you create a small loop on the inside of your garment. Bring the needle through the loop and pull the thread tight. This will create a tight knot.
Sewing by sewing machine
We will assume that if you have a sewing machine, your will know how to use it. It is quicker than sewing by hand but depending on where you want to attach the patch, sewing by machine may be more difficult. You need a big enough opening to separate the layers of fabric and feed the fabric through your machine. You will have to pay attention to make sure you aren’t sewing multiple layers of fabric together.