How to make iron on patches

Written by milenna russell
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Iron on patches can be used to repair clothing by covering a rip, tear or hole. They can also be used to decorate a pair or jeans or spice up a plain T-shirt. Making your own iron on patches is an easy way to save money and create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. Iron on patches can be made from different types of fabric including denim, cotton, polyester or velvet. When it comes to creating a iron on patch for your outfit the possibilities are endless.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Heat and Bond iron on adhesive
  • Fabric
  • Scissors

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Choose your iron on design from a piece for fabric or make your own by piecing together materials. You can also choose to embroider a design for your fabric patch.

  2. 2

    Cut out or piece together your fabric patch and lay it face down onto a clean towel or butcher paper that is placed on the ironing board.

  3. 3

    Place the Heat and Bond iron on adhesive on wrong side of material and use an iron that is set on the silk setting to iron over the paper and heat the adhesive which will adhere it to the fabric.

  4. 4

    Cut fabric with the Heat and Bond paper while carefully trimming around the iron on patch. If you have more than one piece for your iron on patch then you should cut out each piece individually.

  5. 5

    Peel the paper off the patch and place the iron on patch with the adhesive side down onto the clothing then run the iron over the patch until the adhesive sticks to the clothing. Make sure you move the iron over the entire patch and distribute the heat evenly over the area.

  6. 6

    Let the patch cool down on the flat surface of the ironing board. Once the patch is cool the clothing will be ready to wear immediately.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a clean towel or butcher paper to protect the ironing board from the sticky adhesive.
  • Make sure that you use clean fabric to make the iron on patches.
  • Wash your clothing before adhering an iron on patch.
  • Move the heat from the iron over the edges of the patch in order to ensure the patch sticks completely.
  • Leave the paper on the homemade patch and give it someone as a gift.
  • If the material that you are using for your patch is fraying then you need to make sure the bonding adhesive is completely covering the edges of the material in order to stop it from fraying.
  • Make sure the adhesive is placed on the material with the right side down; otherwise you will gum up your iron with sticky glue.
  • Cover your ironing board with a protective covering in order to protect the surface from getting sticky glue on it.

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