Patches can be a perfect way to spice up your clothes and accessories. Patches are also used in promoting businesses and organizations or promotes brand awareness and is even used as a marketing tool. However, many people still don’t know how to attach a patch to their clothes. So we made this blog to show you how to attach patches to your clothes.

In buying embroidered patches for your needs, keep in mind the purpose of using patches. The purpose of the patch will determine what way of attachment is best for you. These are the few things you need to consider on how you will attach the patch to your clothes. These questions will help you choose the best way of attaching your patches.

  • Are your patches going to be temporary or permanent?
  • Do you want the patch to be removed easily and reattached to other clothes?
  • Does the patch need to be securely attached?

If you’re using patches as a temporary decoration to your clothes, then the easiest and fastest way of attaching them is by ironing. Iron-on patches have a sticky back, which is activated when applied with heat. Some come with a backing sheet that needs to be removed. Check out the instruction that comes with the patches before deciding how to attach them. To secure the patch in place, an iron is used to melt the adhesive onto the cloth.

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How to Iron patches on Clothes

Follow these easy steps in ironing embroidered iron-on patches to your clothes.

  1. Prepare your fabric – First, check your clothing or material where you will attach the patch to make sure that your clothing is not heat-sensitive, clean, and free of wrinkles. Plan where you want to put your new patch before turning anything on.
  2. Set the iron temperature – Find the right setting on your iron for the type of clothing you’re using (usually 350 degrees). Preheat your iron to the right temperature setting (WITHOUT STEAM) and select a hard, flat surface.
  3. Iron the area – preheat the spot to put your new patch by pressing down for 20 seconds. These will help warm up the area, making it more conducive to melting the patch onto the clothing.
  4. Position patch on the clothing – Place the patch over the heated area. Cover your patch design with a thin pressing cloth or baking parchment paper. Make sure you’re using a dry, flat surface with plenty of space.
  5. Iron the patch – Iron your patch, making sure not to move your patch at all. Press straight down, holding for 30-40 seconds with constant pressure (DO NOT MOVE BACK AND FORTH). Use a slow circular motion. Then turn the garment inside out and repeat. 
  6. Check the patch – Take off the cover and check the patch on the clothing. The patch should stick to the cloth all the way without turning up any ends. Repeat the process if the patch did not entirely stick.
  7. Enjoy your new patched clothing – Let it cool and test it out! 

How to Glue Patches on Clothes

Using fabric glue is one way of attaching patches on your clothes, but be sure you’re using the right glue. It would be best to use fabric glue or any high-quality glue to ensure that your patch stays in place for a long time. Here is how to use glue to attach patches to your clothes.

  1. Start by deciding where to place your patch. Don’t worry if you accidentally put the patch in the wrong place. With glue, it can be removed. Just read the instruction that comes with the glue to know how to remove it.
  2. Lay the cloth on a flat surface.
  3. Carefully apply glue to the patch and the cloth (the area you want to attach the patch).
  4. Wait for 2 to 5 minutes. The glue will create a strong bond as it slowly dries out.
  5. Place the patch on the cloth and press them firmly together.
  6. The patch and the cloth will stick together immediately. You can wash, dry, and wear the cloth after 24 hours.

How to Hand Sew Patches on Clothes

Sewing patches are the most popular and most permanent way of attaching patches to clothes. It is quite simple to sew patches on clothes, and it can be done by hand or with a sewing machine. Follow these steps in sewing patches to your clothes.

  1. Ensure that there are no seams or folds on your cloth, and place the patch where you want it to be.
  2. Use pins to hold the patch. Make sure that the pins are enough for the patch to sit on the cloth firmly. 
  3. Using a thread, strap the needle and tie a knot at the end. You can augment the thread to intensify the strength.
  4. About ⅛” from the edge and the back of the patch and cloth, drive in the strapped needle. Make sure that you are securely holding the patch. Place your finger at the bottom and thumb at the top for a more firm grip.
  5. Start the sewing process. Make sure that the stitches are lined. Remove the pins that secure the patch in place once you can hold it firmly.
  6. Sew all around the patch. Once you finish sewing, knot the thread. Trim the excess thread at the bottom of the fabric for a clean finish.

How to Sew on a Patch Using by Machine

It’s so easy to sew patches on your clothes using a sewing machine. Trishawna from Sewing Training Academy shows the process through this YouTube video.


You don’t need to be an expert to attach patches to your favorite clothes. Attaching patches is so easy that with proper tools, anyone can do it.

At Laughing Lizards, our embroidered iron-on patches come with iron-on adhesive backing. The embroidered patches are ready to iron-on to any fabric or clothes. If you want to ensure that your patches are attached securely to your clothes, the best thing you can do is iron-on the patch and then sew it either by hand or machine. This way, you can ensure that your patches are permanently attached to your clothes or fabric. 

Thank you for reading our blog. Check out our wide selection of iron-on patches and appliques and start decorating your clothes now!


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