How to make embroidered patches?
When it comes to clothing customization, embroidery patches are often one of the easiest ways to make your garment stand cut among others. They can be fully personalized and made to suit an individual’s needs. They are durable and keep their shape well after being placed on fabric of choice. Whether you are looking to customize your clothing or accessories or want to add flair to your uniform, We have the custom clothing labels options for you.
Let us begin with understanding the different types of patches you can opt for:
1 Embroidery Patches
Embroidery patches are also known as cloth badges. This is the kind of fabric labels people are most familiar with since they are commonly seen on hats, jackets, and uniforms. They are created using a fabric backing and sewing thread. It is the oldest form of making patches. The different threads come together to create a specific picture or symbol, with an authentic or vintage look.
The embroidered patches can also come in different coverage options which determine the ratio of twill to thread visible on the patch. When the coverage is lower than 100, the patch will have a raised feel the thread rises off the patch giving it more dimension.
2 Woven patches
Woven patches are largely similar to embroidered patches in the sense that they use thread for the custom designs. What makes those patches different is that they use a much finer quality of thread to achieve high levels of detail on the design. The fine threads are woven together, as opposed to embroidered, and are stitched in a detailed, continuous manner. These patches do not have the raised texture that embroidery patches may display. These patches are ideal when you are aiming for photorealistic designs. Machinery, human faces, gradients, and landscapes can all be representing seamlessly with woven patches.
3 Chenille Patches
Also known as Letterman Patches, these are ideal if you are looking for a special custom patch with a different texture. These patches have a fuzzier or fluffier surface because they have two separate layers. The bottom layer is a felt base and the top layer is what gives the patch its characteristics furry appearances. these patches process in any which shape you desire, but the only point to keep in mind is that the designs cannot to be too complex as in the case of woven patches.
Usually, we make the chenille patches in the shape of numbers, letters, words, cartoons and so many more. They are often used as achievement badges in schools and universities. Chenille patches are flexible in a wide range of shapes and designs.
4 PVC Patches
Soft PVC patches are made of durable plastic. PVC patches are probably the ones with the most vibrant and wide range of colors. The design can be 2D or 3D, and match Pantone colors chart. Soft PVC emblems are great if you want to personalize your own patch and make it bold and captivating. Plastic PVC badges offer you the freedom to sculpt your own emblem by giving it any shape you wish for.
5 Leather Patches
Leather Patches have been extremely popular for branding clothing and accessories for over decades now. These are one of the most versatile patches out there and look sophisticated or outdoorsy or both. Custom labels can be with embossed logo, debossed logo, and imprint logos, or just about anything you can imagine onto them.
They do not provide much variety of color, but then again, they aren’t meant to. these are minimalistic tags, used often as labels that make your brand or piece stand out from the crowd. You can even choose from different options available for the rivels.
6 Printed Patches
Printed patches mean by printing any picture, photograph, text, or design onto twill fabric. Using a special dye sublimation process ensures that the dye is fused with the fabric and will sustain significant wear and tear. Since these patches are essentially painted onto blank fabric, there is no limit on the colors or designs you can choose from. Perhaps the most impressive part about these patches is that they are completely fade-proof and washable. These patches can be made available in a much shorter span of time as compared to embroidered patches. These are ideal for those looking for photographic realism and a wide color spectrum.
In this blog, we will introduce how to order custom iron on patches.
Percentage of Embroidery Coverage
- 50% embroidery: The thread coverage then covers 50% or less of the backing material. This is usually suitable for text only designs.
- 75% embroidery: Between 50% and 75% of the area of the patch is covering with embroidered thread.
- 100% embroidery: 100% coverage patches are the highest quality. They show the most detail with none of the backing showings. These are best for very detailed pictures with different colors.
Different fabric materials
Backings for custom patches
When choosing a type of backing for your custom patch, you must keep in mind the purpose that the patch serving and the surface it will attach on. you can choose between temporary or permanent backing, and different types of material options too.
Custom Patches can be used even without a backing but it is generally advised to have one to give it some thickness and sturdiness. There are many different ways a patch can attach to its backing, some more complex than others. Here. we’ll be discussing the five major types of backings you can choose from for your custom patches.
This is the most basic type of backing that you can opt for that keeps the threads and twill from being visible on the inner side of the patches. here, a white paper is on the backside of patches.
Also known as a peel-and-stick backing, this form of back essentially create this backing, a glue is pressed onto the backside of the patch and a white paper is overlaid which is to be peeled off at the time of use. This is a great non-permanent option that is suitable for single events
also known as a hook and loop backing is the ideal choice if your uniform or garment does have a loop fastener area already. this form of the backing of the patch comes with both the hock and the loop side, and all you need to do is sew the loop fastener to the garment. These patches are very easy to take off when needed
Heat seal / iron-on backing
This type of backing allows you to attach the patch to your fabric of choice using a home iron. This type of backing is perfect when you want your patches to be still and lay flat on the surface. Iron on patches have a coating that melts and adheres to the fabric under high temperatures
With no backing, the threads, and twill will show on the back of the patch. these patches are, however, the most flexible and recommend if you wish to sew them onto garments directly.
Borders for customized patches
Iron on patches come in all shapes and sizes. Some types of badges can be cut to specific shapes, while others can’t. Choosing a border is important, as it will be what determines the shape and how the edges will be.
Through borders, you can customize the shape of the patch and dictate how the edges will be. you could choose a border that wraps around the general shape of the design or one that follows the curves and edges of the design. Here, we look at the three different types of borders we offer for our custom patches or emblems
Overlocking or merrowing involves wrapping thread around the fabric, creating a uniform stitch. Overlocked borders can only create regular shapes, such as ovals, circles, squares, and triangles. The borders will be neat and even but are not very customizable to different designs.
Heat cut borders
A hot cut border is a thin, flat border which is cut using a hot knife. This seals the outer edge of the patch which stops the thread from fraying. Heat cut border is ideal for irregularly shaped patches are the simplest type of borders used commonly in the market. These borders follow the edges of the design.
Laser Cut borders
these are essentially the same as heat cut borders except that the patch is cut out with the help of lasers instead of scissors in this case. They also are ideal for designs with complicated shapes that need intricate bordering.
About Patches accessories
There are different ways a patch attach to a garment or accessory depending on the position of the patch and the fabric it is attaching to. how a patch attaches to the desired fabric also determines reusability, permanence, and the ease of installation and removal. Here are some popular accessories for your reference:
Some people choose to safety pin their patches onto their clothing. This allows you to move the patch around and to remove it when you want.
Safety pin with clutch
As mentioned before a patch is a versatile accessory that suitable for instantly enhancing any item in your wardrobe. be it a handbag, uniform, a casual t-shirt, or a backpack a patch can add that extra bit of flair or efficiently convey meaning and significance in the right circumstances Here are a few of the different ways you can utilize a patch
- sports badge
- Police badge
- Motorcycle patch
- Fashion accessory
- Pumpkin patch
- Name patch
- League Patches
- and so much more
There are many other uses for patches, such as varsity patches, rose embroidery patch, woven labels, chevron emblem, scout boy emblems and even for sporting league patches. The possibilities are endless.