How to Iron-on Patches
Iron-on patches are a simple way to express yourself and bring more life to a jacket, pair of jeans, hat, shoes, jerseys, and much more. Consider refreshing them with some iron-on patches. However, without the proper instructions, it is easy to make mistakes when attempting to iron on patches.
Tips for best results:
When ironing on. Steam from the iron may prevent the adhesive from activating properly.
Check the tag
Applying heat to certain materials, such as polyester, may damage them. Make sure to check all tags to ensure it is safe to apply heat.
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Easy step-by-step iron-on instructions!
Grab a clothing iron, ironing board, your iron-on patch(es), and a thin piece of fabric. Use an old t-shirt, pillowcase, or cotton fabric sheet to protect the patch and garment from direct heat.
Clothing Iron - Press Cloth - Desired Patch(es)
Pre-heat iron for 5 minutes on the higher setting (No Steam)
Place patch(es) on the desired location of the garment.
Place a press cloth over patch(es) and iron firmly for 25 seconds.
Reverse garment inside out and repeat the ironing process.
Check Your Work
Gently check if the patch(es) adhered properly. Repeat if needed.
Frequently Asked Questions
Iron-on patches can usually stay on for 25 washes before they may start to peel off. For a permanent application, it is recommended to sew on the iron-on patches. Your local dry cleaner or tailor should be able to sew them on.
Iron-on patches work best on cotton based materials. Synthetic fabrics such as Polyester and Nylon are not good candidates because these materials may be damaged by high heat during the application. Iron-on patches will not adhere to Vinyl or leather materials. Look at the fabric care label to see whether it can be ironed.
Iron-on patches can be washed on the gentle cycle in cold water. For drying, the lowest heat setting is recommended. If you only iron-on the patches, the adhesive may loosen as a result. This occurs for any iron-on patch and a permanent solution such as sewing is recommended.
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