How to do Iron on Patches

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Iron on embroidered patches and hotfix iron on patches offer multiple decorating possibilities. You can use the same to explore a range of clothing, scrapbooking, crafting, and even use the same for home decoration. These patches can take heat from an iron and the options are endless. However, with the unusual fibres and materials, it is important to make correct choices and even experiment with the process unless you just have to add a patch to a t-shirt or jeans.

Ironing on patches with embroidered iron on requires thorough testing of the process. Purchase an inexpensive patch that can be used on a discarded garment for getting a good feel for the process. With a hotfix, you will need the patience to execute it and even check out the technique that works best with the material and patch style to be used.

What you need:

  • A household iron without auto-shut
  • A pressing cloth of cotton or muslin or a cotton towel
  • A firm piece of cardboard in aluminium foil or any other backing material, which is heat-safe.

The Iron on Patch Process

As mentioned in the video, you can extend the life of your clothing using patches, especially to cover torn areas, or shine tired items and render a new look.

Step 1: Prepare the garment and the patch to be ironed on it. Ensure both are clean and free of dust allowing the patch to be secured to the fabric.

Step 2: Trim or snip frayed area near the worn area with scissors, leaving a bit around a hole for adhering the patch to the fabric.

Step 3: Position the pillowcase over the specific area to be patched and then iron the garment through it.

Step 4: Align the patch with the frayed area, ensuring complete coverage, positioning pillowcase over the patch as a buffer between the cloth fabric and the iron to prevent it from burning.

Step 5: Iron the patch to the cloth securely by pressing firmly and passing the iron over the area four or five times.

Step 6: Let the garment cool for about an hour and let the glue stick, to set the patch.

FAQs around iron on patches

  • Can these iron-on patched clothes wash?
    Almost all iron on patches can be washed and dried safely. If a huge amount of heat is applied to a patch it will eventually loosen. Generally, these patches survive heat based on the fibre (except for vinyl, sequin, and some others). Turn the garment inside out while washing after using hot fix iron on’s as agitators can damage the stones.
  • Can the custom iron on patched clothes iron?
    Try to iron one layer of fabric or put a clean fabric or Teflon sheet between two pieces of fabric “stacked” to iron both at a time. Ensure no glue is passed through the other side thus getting two fabrics bonded! The adhesive used is highly sticky and hence one should wait for it cool down before reheating and separating the fabric. The process can though permanently damage the fabric.
  • What to do if the fabric feels stiff?
    If your fabric feels stiff, it might be due to fabric sizing. Pre-wash it and get the glue to melt into the fibres. Sizing stiffens temporarily. If the glue can’t stick properly, it will loosen and fall off.
  • What to do if a patch on a hotfix is loosened?
    If a patch on a hotfix comes loose, one can reattach it easily with fabric craft glue meant for iron on patches; or even stitch the same with custom embroidered patches.

Mistakes people make when doing iron on patch

  • Do not apply iron-on patches to any sort of waterproof attire like raincoats, elastic fabrics, leather, nylon or similar fabrics. Test your fabric with an iron-on patch to plug in holes to check if the fabric is not damaged. Cotton and polyester fibres are great for iron-on patches. Or you can sew an iron-on patch easily later.
  • Do not use hot water or dryer if your patch loosens. Try ironing them or if they get loosened, use fabric glue to re-attach the patches.
  • Do not use iron-on patches on leather or vinyl material since they cannot take up that much heat. Glue the patch on any place instead after thorough testing.

One needs to iron on patches only after a test is made on the fabric, especially if one is not sure. Go through the process mentioned above. If the patch loosens, you can use a fabric glue to reattach it. Refrain from using wrong fabrics for the method or it might damage the cloth. You can use custom embroidered patches for the same instead.