At Punky Pins, we LOVE iron on patches. Whether we’re adding them to our jackets, bags or clothing, there’s nothing better than showing your love for your favourite things. When you find the perfect patch, you don’t want to mess up the application so we’re going to talk you through how to iron on a patch.
Here’s what you’re going to need…
- Your patch
- The fabric you’re attached it to
- An iron
- A tea towel
- An ironing board
Slow and steady wins the race and the most important thing to do when ironing on a patch is take your time! In the words of RuPaul “Good luck and don’t f*ck it up!”
- Before you even turn on the iron, work out where you want your patch to be. If you’re attaching it to a jacket, put the jacket on and hold the patch to the spot you want it to be - this is the best way to make sure it’s the right placement.
- Place the item you’re ironing your patch to onto the ironing board. If it is wrinkled and the fabric allows it, give it a quick iron to make sure you’re affixing it to a smooth surface. If you don’t have an ironing board, a towel laid on top of a hard surface should work just as well.
- Put the patch in position with the adhesive side flat down against the base fabric.
- Switch on the iron and turn it to the hottest setting that the fabric can tolerate.
- Place a tea towel over the patch, taking care not to move the patch from its position. The towel will help protect both the fabric and the patch.
- Press the heated iron over the patch and press down firmly. Hold the iron there for around 15 seconds.
- Lift up the iron and let the patch cool down. Lift up the tea towel and check to ensure that the patch is fixed securely by gently rubbing the edge with your finger and trying to lift it.
- If the patch lifts up, place the tea towel over it again and press down the iron for 10 seconds.
- Allow to cool again and if it’s secure - go show off your new patch!
Caring for your iron on patch
Once you’ve attached your patch, you’re going to want to make sure it stays there. Our top tips for keeping your patch looking fresh…
- Don’t overwash the patch. If you have to wash it, gently handwash using cold water and leave to air dry.
- If you’re worried about your patch coming off over time, sew the edges of the patch to your fabric using the same colour thread.