Whether you have limited time, materials, or sewing skills, iron on patches are a great way to accessorize bags, jackets, old jeans, and t-shirts. The best part about using this type of patches is that it is a fast and reliable way of patching up holes on ragged clothes and other fabric-based items.
These patches come in different sizes and designs to match your taste and the colors of your base items. You can purchase them in your town’s sewing crafts and hobby stores. Or if you don’t have access to one near your home, you may look up iron on patches of your design and size of choice online and order it from there. However, before you start pressing down these fabric stickers on to your clothes and bags, there are a few things you must consider;
This is a particularly important point to consider when using iron on patches to cover up holes on your base item (shirts, jeans, jackets, bags, etcetera). When buying, it is best to measure the circumference of the hole you are patching up to make sure that the shape and size of the patch will be enough to cover the whole area.
Be especially particular about the dimensions of the patches when you are buying it online as you cannot simply determine the size of the patch through your gadget screen. NEVER assume the dimensions of an item based on pictures alone when you are purchasing it online. As much as possible, ask the seller about the actual length and width of the patches before making your purchases online.
Two: COLOR AND DESIGN.
One of the reasons people opt for iron on patches is its fast and convenient way of accessorizing and updating the look of old or dull fabric-based items. Although going for a certain “look” or style may not be a priority for you, you might want to consider going with a particular theme or color to match your jeans and your bags.
Feeling like going for a rocker vibe? Why not try those punk-rock skull and rose patch designs to update your ratty denim jacket? Or if you are feeling a bit playful, why not pick a cutesy teddy bear patch to match that pastel- colored tote bag? Feel free to use your imagination and get creative.
Three: CLOTH TYPE.
Make sure to consider the type of fabric where you intend to stick those patches. From the name itself, Iron on patches require flat irons to melt the adhesive and make it stick to your base item. Not all types of fabric can take the same degree of heat. You wouldn’t want to burn a bigger hole on that jacket you intended to patch up in the first place. Also, take note of the word “fabric”. The patches are not advisable for use on plastic-based and leather-based surfaces. Ironing on the glue will definitely destroy these types of materials.
As mentioned, not all types of fabric can take the same degree of heat. Wool is advised by most fabric experts to be ironed at three-hundred (300) degrees Fahrenheit at most, cotton at four-hundred (400) degrees Fahrenheit, and linen at four-hundred and forty-five (445) degrees Fahrenheit.
With these four things in mind, don’t forget the most basic and most important of all: Observing SAFETY MEASURES! Keep hot iron away from children and all possible electrocution hazards. Lastly, make sure to do your iron on patching in a well-lighted place. You wouldn’t want to miss that hole or stick your patches on the wrong side of your pants! That’s it. Happy patching!