How to Put Patches on Jackets

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How to Put Patches on Jackets
Sew small patches on the collar of a jacket. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Patches may be used to breathe new life into an old, worn jacket or make a fashion statement on a new one with pieces that express a child, teen or adult's interest. You can choose colourful images, such as flowers or dinosaurs, to spice up kid's jackets or embellish teen and adult jackets with musical-group or sports-team patches. Adding patches is a relatively easy process.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • 4-by-6 inch cardboard sheet
  • Patches
  • Fabric pins
  • Thread
  • Needles
  • Pressing cloth
  • Iron

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Lay the jacket on a flat surface and place the cardboard under the area where the patch is to be placed, to prevent you from sewing the front and back layers of the jacket together.

  2. 2

    Secure each patch at the centre with a fabric pin. Load the needle with contrasting thread, for an artistic look, or matching thread, for a clean look.

  3. 3

    Place your hand under the cardboard and sew the edges of the patch to the jacket using a buttonhole stitch. When sewing a buttonhole stitch, sew the string through the fabric and patch, then loop around and place the thread through the loop before it. Remove the fabric pin on completion.

  1. 1

    Set the iron to high heat. High heat melts the adhesive fabric glue on the back of the patch.

  2. 2

    Place the jacket on a hard surface, such as an ironing board, counter or table. Set the patch on the selected area of the jacket and place a pressing cloth over the patch. A pressing cloth is a piece of cotton or linen fabric used to protect garments from heat and steam.

  3. 3

    Position the hot iron over the patch and apply pressure for 40 seconds. Remove the iron. If the patch is larger than 5 by 7 inches, place the iron over different sections of the patch for 40 seconds at a time.

  4. 4

    Turn the jacket inside out, with the interior of the jacket exposed in the area the patch has been placed. Place the iron over the patch area and apply pressure for 40 seconds. Remove the iron and allow the patch to cool before wearing the jacket.

Tips and warnings

  • Avoid ironing patches on windbreakers and polyester jackets; the fabric may burn and melt.

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