We provided these frequently asked questions to help answer your questions. Please feel free to contact us if you have any further questions. 

What are Iron-on Patches?

An iron-on patch is a type of patch that can be ironed to your clothes or other materials. An iron-on patch has adhesive layers at the back, which get activated when heated with an iron. To tell if a patch is an iron-on or not, simply feel the patches back with your fingers. 

How long will iron-on patches last on clothes?

There is no timeframe on how long iron-on patches stay attached to clothes, as several variables are involved. Iron-on patches have a strong glue, but the constant wearing and washing of clothes will cause the glue to lose its potency over time.

How to apply iron-on patches?

To apply iron-on patches, simply heat your iron to its highest heat setting for the patch to adhere correctly to the cloth. Then follow the steps below:

  1. Heat up your iron to its highest heat setting for the patch to adhere properly to the fabric.
  2. Plan your design to avoid placement mistakes. 
  3. Place a thin cloth or baking paper over the front of the patch.
  4. Iron on the patch.
  5. Flip and repeat steps 3 and 4.
  6. Let it cool, and you’re done!

Please read our “Patch Iron on Instructions” to learn more about applying patches.”

Reasons Why Embroidered Patches Are Great for Your Business

What do iron-on patches look like?

Iron-on patches have adhesive on the back, which is activated by the heat of an iron. If the back of the patch only has embroidery or fabric threads with no signs of an adhesive coating or backing, it is not an iron-on patch. 

Do iron-on patches come off when washed?

Yes, once iron-on patches are properly applied, they can be washed in the washing machine. Keep in mind to turn your garment inside out and select a gentle wash cycle with cold water.

Do I need to use steam to iron on a patch?

You do not use steam while ironing the patch. Once the iron is set to the highest setting, place a plain cloth or parchment paper on the top of your patch. This protects the garment and the patch from being damaged by too much heat.

What setting do you need to iron patches on?

Preheat your iron to the highest heat setting suited to the material you are using, and position your patch where you want it on the material. Be careful with delicate fabrics, such as polyester, silk, or rayon, as some of these are not supposed to be ironed, and the material may not be able to hold up to the patch.

Can I use a hairdryer on iron-on patches?

You can use a hair straightener to attach iron-on patches on fabrics. You just need to warm it up first, then position the iron-on patch to where you want it. Then clamp the warm hair straightener over the patch on the fabric.

Are iron-on patches durable?

Embroidered iron-on patches are beautiful and durable. They are created to last for many years. 

What material works best for iron-on patches?

Iron-on patches work best on fabrics made from cotton, polyester, or cotton-polyester blends. Nylon, vinyl, leather, and rayon materials are not suitable for using iron because the material could burn during heated application. You can apply patches to these materials by sewing or using fabric glue. 


What does the back of the iron-on patches look like?

Some iron-on patches have a layer of glue on the back, which has a smooth plastic-like texture and an off-white appearance. Embroidered iron-on patches can be pretty stiff and do not fold easily. Some iron-on patches have a thin, fabric-like adhesive covering on the back.

What are the types of patches?

The seven different types of patches are:

  • Embroidered patches.
  • PVC patches.
  • Chenille patches.
  • Woven patches.
  • Leather patches.
  • Name patches.
  • Printed patches.
  • Bullion patches.
 What is the difference between adhesive backing and iron backing?

The adhesive backing can be attached to the cloth directly by peeling off the paper. Patches with adhesive backing cannot be washed in a washing machine. Iron backing is stronger and must be attached to the patch with an electronic iron or iron machine.

What are the other ways of applying iron-on patches?

Iron-on patches can be applied to the fabric by sewing or gluing using fabric glue.


How to tell if a patch is an iron-on?

To know if the patch is iron-on, simply inspect the patch backing and examine the back of the patch. If an adhesive can be triggered by heat, you certainly have an iron-on patch. If it does not have an adhesive backing, then you have a sew-on patch.

Are iron-on or sew-on patches better?

Sew-on patches are great, too, as they add more flexibility to the patch’s garment. If you don’t want your patch to be a little stiff, you can have the iron-on backing removed, and once it’s sewn on, the patch can flow a bit with the fabric.

How do you attach an iron-on patch to leather?

Using fabric glue or sewing is a fast, and easy way of applying patches to leathers. If you decide to use fabric glue, use the correct type of glue as some glues can discolor the leather. Some glue can also come off after a few months of wash and wear.

What type of glue is used on iron-on patches?

The best glue to use in applying iron-on patches is fabric glue. 

Fabric Glue

What is fabric glue?

Fabric glue (also called fabric adhesive) is a glue that, depending on the formula, permanently or temporarily adheres to fabric to other fabrics. It can also be used to fasten trims, beads, lace, and other embellishments to materials. 

How long does it take to order patches?

Most orders are shipped within 1-2 business days (M-F) of the order being placed. If we see an order with Priority or Express shipping, we always try to get it out asap.

 Do you give discounts?

Yes! We do offer discounts! There are several ways to save.

  • Sign up for our newsletter, and we will send you all the latest promotions!
  • Each product page has quantity discounts that get you up to 25% off if you order enough of the same item.
  • Please send us a photo of what you did with your patch and get 25% off your next order! (Email photos to info@laughinglizards.com
  • We also offer wholesale discounts. Please see our DISCOUNTS page for details!
Do you make custom patches?

Yes, we do! We have a minimum order requirement of 25qty per design. You can fill out a quote request on our Custom Patches page.

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