Iron-on letters personalize name gifts, clothes and nurseries nicely.
How to make iron on patch
Would you want your favourite bands show pride in your coat sleeve, or do you want to show off the crafts you got at a vacation camp in your backpack? Iron-on patches are an excellent way to express your individuality – and they are also useful for hiding damaged or torn stains on your clothes and accessories. Learn how to prepare the fabric for a patch, iron and make sure it stays in place after washing.
Preparing to Iron on Patch
Identify what kind of piece you have. Some patches have adhesive on the back, and others have just a cloth backing. Take a close look at your patch and decide whether the additional material is required.
- Beautiful embroidered textile patches are thick, stiff, and what appears to be plastic adhesive on one side. These can be used to cover torn or discoloured clothes.
- Transfer paper patches are prints on one hand of a special paper with a non-glossy paper side. It holds together torn fabric and typically the substance will show below if it is not applied to a white object.
- Patches that are intended to cover holes or stains are meant to blend in with the material, and it comes with a paper backing that is removed before the patch is applied.
- Think of customizing your design spot if you are unable to find one you like.
Study the fabric of your clothing or accessory. Fabrics such as denim and cotton are the best basis for iron-on patches. As a general rule, the material you select should be at least as heavy as the piece you intend to use.
- Study the fabric care label, to see if you can iron it (if not, there will be an icon of a crossed-iron). If there is no label, try to figure out what material it is.
- Be careful with polyester fabrics, since the application of the high heat, is needed for ironing on patches, it can burn the substance or even get them discoloured.
- Silk and other delicate fabrics are not better materials for pieces.
Think about the design and placement. Before the iron heats up, the layout of your jacket, scarf or backpack and decided where you want to place the patch.
- If this iron is the only spot you are planning on this piece, put it in a tasteful prominent position. Make the placement look prearranged.
- If you intend to pocket more places, as you would for a Girl Scout sash or some other kind of collection, plan before time to make sure there will be space for new patches.
- If you are using a printable paper piece, remember that letters and other asymmetric items appear reversed.
Lay the base point on a flat, heat-resistant surface. An ironing board is useful, but if you do not have one, you can put your article on a double-up bath towel on a sturdy table.
- To ensure the item will be a good foundation for the patch, flatten it first. As a backpack or other item that’s hard to iron, do your best to arrange it, so that the portion of the cloth that will receive the patch is flat against a hard surface.
Put the piece in the position you have chosen. The adhesive side has to be flat against the base fabric. The patch should not skew.
- On embroidered patches, the sticking side is the bottom.
- When the transfer paper stamps, the glue is the side where the model is impressed. Lay the image surface down on the fabric. And Stripe off the paperback once you have covered the patch.
- If a piece (patch) designed to blend in with fabric, it may be necessary to apply it to the back of the garment. Obey the directions that came with the package.
- Heat an iron. Turn it to the hottest setting your fabric can tolerate. Make sure that the „steam“ is disabled, and that your iron is not full of water.
Place a thin towel over the patch. Be sure not to disturb the position of the piece (patch). The cloth (towel) will protect the piece (patch) itself and the surrounding material.
Place the heated iron on the patch and press down. Hold the iron for about 15 seconds. Apply as much force as you can by holding down firmly.
Lift the appliance and allow the patch. Raise the towel and check to see if the patch is firmly fixed by gently rubbing the edge with a finger, trying to pull it. If it pulls a bit, replace the towel and press it with the iron again for 10 seconds.
- If you use a paper transfer patch, wait for it to cool (leave it for 10 minutes), then gently peel off the paper.
Caring for Your Patch
Consider sewing around the edges for an entirely secure patch, using a sewing machine or a needle and thread to fasten the piece to the substance. It will significantly reduce the chance that the patch will fall off.
- Select a thread which corresponds to the bit.
- Do not attempt to sew around the edge of printable paper pieces.
Do not wash the article more than necessary. Iron-on patches intended to be permanent, but they are detached time. Make sure you let the product get too dirty, wash since the patch may cause to start coming out.
- If you need to clean the item, hand wash with cold water. Leave it to air dry.