Attaching patches on jacket, jeans, and bags has been a trend for a long time. And fortunately, this trend isn’t going anywhere. It is wildly popular among teenagers to display the logos of their favorite brands on their jackets, denim pants, school bags, hats, and whatnot. But apart from this trend being a funky, cool activity to do, it is also a life-hack. Patches help cover the torn spots on your clothes—you don’t need to take your item to a tailor to get it repaired; you can just learn how to attach patches without sewing and do it right at home.
Patches also help cover the stubborn stains that may never leave your cloth. So, do you want to attach patches and be stylish? Or do you want to attach patches to hide the torn spots or stains? If your answer is yes to any of the questions, you are at the right place. It doesn’t matter whether you are attaching a patch to cover the torn spots, hide the stains, or just to be trendy; the process of attaching patches without sewing is the same for all reasons.
In this article, we won’t be discussing the sewing machine’s role in attaching patches—you will learn how to attach patches without a sewing machine. Now, when we rule out the use of a sewing machine, there are only some of the ways we can attach patches: we can iron the patches on clothes, bags, or whatever, we can use glue, or we can go with the stick-on patches.
Keep in mind that all of these methods are equally effective—and would bring out your clothes’ style. Therefore, in this article, we have included step-by-step guides to all of the ways of attaching patches. But before we dive into the main steps, let’s see what you will need to get started with the process.
You Will Need:
Iron: You probably already have an iron at your home.
Patches: You can buy patches from local stores, shopping malls, etc. One way to get patches is to tear them out of old clothes. Some clothes get old, but their patches and logos stay vibrant; you can use those logos and stick them on different clothes.
Glue: A high-end glue is mandatory—that is the only way your patches will stay in place. The glue should not leave any stain and should be non-toxic. It should be kept in mind that glues aren’t usually used for fabric-related activities; you might have to carry out a bit of research to find the right kind of glue.
Patches – What Kind and Where to Place?
Not every patch is appealing for the eyes; some may bring out your clothes’ color, and some may make it even worse. Not every patch is for every cloth. When you look for the patches, keep in mind the color and material of clothes you will be attaching them on.
You don’t want the wrong kinds of patches on your things; therefore, you must consider some factors before you get patches.
The first thing to consider is material—patches are usually made of cotton, denim, nylon, and polyester. Material other than these might not be the best choice for your fabric.
Apart from the material, the design of the patches is also pretty important. Patches, when stuck on your clothes, give off a noticeable vibe—and you need to make sure that vibe is positive and memorable. You must know what the design of your patch—its colors, its brand—indicates.
The size of the patch should be medium—not too big or too small. Bigger sizes of patches give away a trying-too-hard vibe. The suitable, average sizes are always the best to grab the attention of the seer. If you cannot find the right design, material, size, or color of the patch you want, you can always opt for custom-made patches.
One thing that you must consider on the final stage is where you will place a patch. Patches should be attached somewhere on your clothes where they make themselves shine and become prominent—but at the same time, don’t make it obvious. The best places to attach patches on your clothes are the Center back of a jacket or shirt, center chest of the shirt, right or left chest of the shirt or jacket, and each shoulder.
How to Attach Patches Without Sewing?
We will be discussing three different methods – using glue, iron, and stick-on – to attach patches. Read and apply all the steps carefully to do the job with the best results.
Using glue is one of the best alternatives for sewing—it is easy, quick, and harmless. But again, make sure the glue is of the right kind.
STEP 1: Placement
Decide the place where you want to place the package.
STEP 2: Lay Down the Cloth
Lay the cloth down on a flat surface—like an iron board.
STEP 3: Apply Glue (1)
Carefully apply the glue to the wrong side of the patch.
STEP 4: Apply Glue (2)
Carefully apply the glue on the cloth where you want to attach the patch.
STEP 5: Attach the Patch
Place the patch on the clothe and press firmly. Make sure the glue doesn’t slide out from the edges.
STEP 6: Wait
Leave the clothing until the glue is dry—which would only take a minute. The cloth can be washed—or be used normally—after 24 hours.
Ironing is one of the simplest ways to attach patches. However, if you want to attach them properly, they don’t stick out after wash—there is a proper way to do that. In order to attach the patch through ironing, your patch should be adhesive.
STEP 1: Check the Fabric
To attach a patch through ironing, you need to make sure that your patch is as massive as the fabric. If the material doesn’t match, the result might not be the best. Moreover, your fabric should be iron-proof. If your fabric has a label that says it cannot be ironed, then you might want to reconsider your options. However, if your fabric doesn’t say anything, you need to figure out on your own—or ask the professional—if your fabric can be ironed.
Avoid silk, polyester, and such delicate fabrics; the extended heat from the iron can burn or discolor them.
STEP 2: Placement
Decide the place where you want to attach the patch and straighten out that side of the fabric.
STEP 3: Lay Down the Cloth
Place the cloth on an ironing board or any flat, even surface.
STEP 4: Place the Patch
Place the adhesive side of the patch on the cloth—make sure that it is placed in the right place with the right measurements.
STEP 5: Heat up the Iron
The heat should not be of more degree than your fabric or patch could take. The options for water and steam should be turned off.
STEP 6: Use Towel for Protection
Place the towel—or any thick cloth—over the fabric with the patch attached. The use of putting a towel over the patch is to protect the surrounding of the cloth from ironing. However, make sure that when you put the towel over the fabric, it doesn’t move the placement of the patch.
STEP 7: Iron
Place the heated iron over the patch and hold it firm for about half a minute. Apply pressure, but keep your hands stable.
STEP 8: Check
Remove the iron and the towel to check if the patch is placed properly. If you see the edges of the patch lifted slightly, place the cloth again, and iron over it until the patch is attached properly.
If, in the future, the patch ever gets removed. Apply it again using glue or any other method.
There are a lot of heavy-duty, multi-purpose adhesives available in the market—you can use them—but the better result would only be obtained if you get your hands on the one that is specifically designed for Velcro. To attach Velcro, you need to apply glue on the Velcro and the material. Then follow the steps below.
STEP 1: Cut the Tape
Cut out the adhesive tape—Velcro—of the exact size of the patch. If the patch is rectangular or square, Velcro should be cut exactly of that size; however, if the patch is not of any formal shape, you can cut out Velcro in a circle shape—and it should cover the most part of the patch. The more tape you use, the stronger the attachment will be.
STEP 2: Stick
Peel off the liner and stick it to the fabric.
STEP 3: Wait
Wait for at least 24 hours before you use it.
I hope you have learned how to attach patches without sewing, using the gluing method, ironing method, and stick-on Velcro method. Follow the methods and steps carefully, so your patch project results turn out beautifully.
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