An iron on fabric patch can offer a plethora of decorating opportunities. It can be used on apparels, quilting, home decoration, crafting, and even in scrap booking. Our Iron on Patches in particular can easily be added to anything using heat from the iron. The options can be endless but the unusual materials and fibers used in patches today make it a little bit challenging for users. But don’t worry because you can be experimental in using them to get the exact design you want.
Adding patches onto fabrics can be quickly done through household iron. Whether you want to decorate your jeans or your tee shirts, high-quality Iron on Patches from our wide collection can help. However, it’s important to know the basics before ironing on patches especially for first timers. This will avoid possible damage to clothes. Also, using hot fix patches can be tricky without firsthand experience. One tip is to buy a cheap patch and try it out at home to see how it works.
Why Use Patches?
By having an actual experience on how to apply patches, you will know what to do and what to avoid. Putting some personalized designs on clothes can even add confidence to the wearer. It can make cheap fabric look expensive, especially if the right patches are used. For instance, you can choose Iron on Patches in order to help make the perfect accent or statement piece for your jacket. But make sure to understand that hot fix can be a bit difficult to apply because once they are attached; you cannot simply remove them anymore.
Knowing the right technique and material to use will help achieve the perfect style patch. Remember, you may reinforce your hot fix or glue in order to secure the patch. This is particularly true when it comes to long term use and permanency. For those who want to create heirloom quilts, the Iron on Patches must be ironed in the right position to ensure proper placing. Quality patch can also withstand the test of time despite laundering and everyday wear.
Do’s & Don’ts
Every manufacturer of patch highly recommends iron on patches as well as appliqués to achieve permanency. Below are some of the important tips to keep in mind when attaching patches onto clothes:
- Unless the application needs repeated hot-water washing and drying, nearly all iron-on patches may be washed and dried. All you need to do is determine the right amount of heat before applying on the fiber.
- Don’t apply an iron on patch to water-resistant rainwear, nylon, rayon, leather, highly-elasticized fabrics, and other similar fabrics. If hesitant, fabric testing can be done by ironing the hidden hem to know the right amount of heat it can hold up without damaging it. Polyester fiber and cotton blends may work best for most patchwork so you may consider using them.
- Always turn your garments inside out when washing them. This protects hot fix iron-on patches during the laundry and drying process.
- Never use a hot dryer or hot water because it will only loosen the studs or patches. Try ironing the hot fix again to ensure they aren’t loosened. However, you may need to add fabric glue in order to successfully reattach them on the garments.
- Always iron on a single layer of fabric to avoid stacking jean legs or tee shirts. Teflon sheet can be used to prevent the glue from passing through the other layer of fabric. This is particularly important to open weave materials. Remember, the iron-on patches’ adhesives are highly sticky.
- If the garments feel stiff or have fabric sizing, you can pre-wash them. The purpose is to melt the glue down into the fiber and secure the patch onto the clothes. Temporary stiffeners or sizing substances are like starch that is used in collars to harden that part. If your glue is not able to handle the adhesives properly, patches will just fall off. So be extra careful in using old chintz material.
- For vinyl and leather, don’t try to iron the patches onto these materials because they cannot take iron heat. As a result, it will only damage the fabric. Instead, you can look for an ideal glue to attach your patch onto the leather or vinyl.
Over time, if patches or the hot fix is already loose, reattach them by using craft glue. Iron them on the fabric again and ensure they are properly attached to enjoy longer use. With the efficiency of these patches when it comes to fixing tear and rip on garments, many people are now using it no matter where they are in the world. There are plenty of ways to hide the damage in any fabric. So if you’ve got a hole in your favorite jacket or pair of jeans, just patch it!