How to Attach Patches on Clothes: 9 Easy Ways That You Should Know

Whether you are a parent that has noticed a tear on your kid’s cloth and panicked because you didn’t know how to handle it, a teenager or fashion enthusiast that wants to look classy with a badge of your school or favorite club – you might have wished that you know how to attach a patch.

Learning to attach a patch is very important as it is sure to come in handy. It is vital to know how to make the piece look neat, elegant and professionally made.

So, before you start buying patches and threads, there are a few things that you should know.

  • Primarily, there are different types of patches; it could be embroidery, sequin, fabric, or even beaded.
  • The type of patch to use depends on the fabric it is to be attached to.
  • The method of attaching the patch also depends on the kind of patch and clothing material.
  • Not every piece of cloth would look good with a patch.
  • You can also make your patches at home.

Now that you know that let’s talk about easy ways that you can attach fabric on clothes.

Method 1: How to attach patches without sewing

1. Glue on Patches

This is most popular ways to attach patches into fabric without sewing. Virtually everyone can do this. Gluing patches on clothes are suitable for clothing materials that are difficult to sew on. To glue a patch on clothes, you will need a patch, fabric or cloth glue, and the piece of clothing. It is essential to ensure that the piece of cloth is dry before you begin the process.

Firstly, you lay the piece of cloth on a flat surface while deciding where you want the patch on. You then put the glue on the patch and let it dry for two minutes before placing it on the desired place.

Some patches, however, have sticky back glue. For this type, you only peel it off and place on the desired spot on the cloth.

2. Heat-sealed Patches

These types of patches have glue on the back that is activated by heat. Ironing is the easiest way to do that. This method looks neater because there are no sewing lines.

Heat sealing a patch on clothes can be achieved by, placing the cloth on a flat surface (ironing boards are best). Next, you set the patch on the place you want and cover with a thin fabric (this prevents the patch from disfiguring from the heat). You then place the iron on the patch and press evenly.

When the cloth cools down, you then remove the piece of fabric on the patch. Voila! Your cloth now has a patch.

Method 2: Patch Attach Technique With Sewing

1. Sew-on Patches

Sew-on patches can be done in two ways, either by hand sewing or using a machine. Knowledge of sewing is essential.

To sew a patch on cloth, you will require a patch, needle, and thread or a sewing machine and the piece of fabric to sew the patch on. This method is more durable than the previous ones.

Here, you place the patch on the cloth that has been set on a flat surface. Sew it with a machine or hand. Sewing with a different colour of thread or in a spiral way adds elegance to the finished work. 

2. Applique Patches

In this method, the patch is made directly on the cloth using an embroidery machine or a sewing machine. The technique allows for uniqueness and creativity. You will need the cloth, embroidery or sewing machine, or a thread and needle and a patch.

Applique patches are achieved by placing the cloth on the machine directly while you try to create a design on the fabric. You can also do this method by hand-sewn blanket stitch.

3. Heat Seal and Sew Patches

Heat seal and sew patches is a much more durable method of attaching a patch. It is a combination of the heat seal and sews on methods of applying the patch.

To achieve this, you have to first heat seal the patch on the cloth as explained above. You then sew on the patch to ensure it sits well on the fabric. This way, the patch has a unique finish.

4. Reverse Applique Patches

Reverse applique patch is suitable for covering holes or tears on clothes. It is also best achieved using an applique that would further enhance the beauty of the cloth.

It is done by cutting the hole to the shape of the applique, then sewn on the back of the tear. Using a zigzag stitch serves as a form of design to the cloth.

In this method, the end product has usually had a neat finish and distinctive appearance.

5. Darning

Darning is also used to cover tears on a fabric like denim. It involves the use of a sewing machine to sew on the damage. You can decide to use the same material as the patch or opt to use no patch.

For this method, you will need a sewing machine and cloth. You start by making repeated straight line stitches around the area of the tear and on the patch. The stitches should not be far from each other so as to hold the patch while giving a sophisticated finish.

A darning machine can also be used; this way, the fabric is rewoven without a patch. It also does not look like it has been worked on.

6. Set in Patches 

This can be hand sewn or machine sewn. It is best achieved using a fabric of the same cloth or different material that can add sheen to the fabric. For this method, you can choose different types of stitch depending on how you would want the finished product to look.

Firstly, you start by cutting a piece of fabric into your desired shape. You then cut the cloth around the tear to the same shape as that of the patch.

Next, you place the patch under the hole of the fabric with the right side up. Stitch the patch on the garment with a machine or hand.

Finally, you hem the cloth on both sides to give it an immaculate finish.

7. Beaded Patches

Beaded patches can be handmade at home or bought from a store. They come in different designs and add a gleam to the cloth.

To achieve this, you start by getting the chosen beads that would go well with your cloth. You then thread in the needle and sew the beads on the clothes. If you are making your design, play around with it until you are satisfied with the finish.

End Words

Knowing how to sew patches on clothes is an art that everyone should be able to do. Whether it is to beautify your clothes to make them look classy or to cover a tear, the important thing is that you can.

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