4 Ways to Apply Embroidered Patches

4 Ways to Apply Embroidered Patches

If you have a favorite band or simply like embroidered patches then this is crucial information. Sometimes these patches don’t already have glue on their back, so you can’t just iron them on, therefore you need to know different techniques to apply it.


It’s the old school way of doing it and honestly, it’s what lasts the longest (for this price, there is another method which lasts even longer). Plus it looks a lot better in the long run because the only thing that plays into how it appears is your sewing skills.

You only need some black thread and a needle. Measure the outside brim of the patch and double the amount. That’s how much thread you will need (approximately, but we highly suggest using a little more). Then just start sewing. It’s really simple, don’t worry. Simply keep the thread within the black part of the embroidered patch and it won’t be visible at all.

Make sure you tie off the end and the start so the patch doesn’t fall off. This technique works best on clothing, as if you want to look on the inside it will look pretty awful. Because of this, we don’t suggest using this on bags.


This is the easiest method and only takes a couple of minutes to do. The only downside is that many embroidery patches don’t have the necessary glue on the back that is required to iron it on. But if you have one that does have glue on it then you are in luck.

Simply place the patch on the spot where you want it to be and put a piece of parchment paper on it. Then start warming up your iron and make slow circular motions on the patch. Do this for a minute. After the time is up you need to check if the glue has set and the patch will remain in its’ place. You can do this by gently trying to lift the edges. If they actually come up then you need to start again.

Ironing is the right choice if you plan on putting your patches on denim. Needles are really hard to push through such a firm and thick material, so it’s best to leave it up to glue.

But you need to make sure that you are putting your patch on a material that can handle the heat of the iron. If you are trying to apply a patch to polyester, for example, then it can easily burn the material as well.


If you want your embroidered patches to last then this should be your last resort. Using fabric glue is not a reliable way of attaching patches and you might be disappointed by the end result.

Simply buy some fabric glue in a craft store. Put a little bit on the back of the patch and apply it to the fabric. For the best results leave it be for at least an hour, so the glue can set. Once the time is up you need to test the edges by lifting them. If they come up then you didn’t put enough glue on the patch and you need to re-do the process again.

Make sure you buy some quality glue though, as some brands tend to deteriorate over time. These ones simply start letting go off the fabric and the patch will fall off in a short while. This usually happens within a month though, so you will quickly notice this. Just don’t let it get to the point where you are constantly checking if it’s still there, because you will most definitely lose it. Simply try another application method.

Applique Embroidery Sewing

And this is the professional and lasting method to apply embroidered patches. Unfortunately, it’s the most expensive one as well, because you need an embroidery sewing machine for it.

If you have a machine like that then you probably already know how to use it though, so we don’t need to walk you through that.

This method is the best if you plan on applying your patch to sports clothing. It can endure all the stretching and sweat, so you don’t need to worry about it falling off even if you put it through a lot.

Patch Up!

Embroidery patches are not a new trend, but they are becoming increasingly more common. If you want to keep up with the new styles then you need to know how to apply a patch. Now more than ever.

But even if you don’t plan on using this skill in the near future it can still help you out sometime. The least you can do is keep this knowledge in mind so you are able to use it when needed.

Have you applied embroidered patches before? Which technique did you use? Tell us down in the comments below!


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