Patches Can Make Your Clothes Look Cooler

We all want to look good every day. In order to achieve this, you have to choose matching accessories, apart from selecting the right clothes. Here is a piece of advice you may never have considered: How about trying patches for clothes? Applique Designs can make your clothes look cool. They are used to make fashion statements.

The invention of fast, computerized machines have facilitated the mass production of patches. This is why there are companies that are into the business of manufacturing patches today. Each of them compete by being innovative and offering really cool designs to shoppers.

Patches come in various sizes and shapes. A patch can be embroidered, beaded, sequined, made of leather, or made of a flexible material. It is used for various purposes including to repair and decorate clothing, or different types of fabric. Read more about that here.

Uses of Cloth Patches

In terms of repairs to clothing, patches are used to seal holes nicely. You can even use them to repair soft toys, cushions, and so on. Some are sewn on clothes or made to stick permanently with the use of a pressing iron.

There are patches that are made for the sole purpose of decorating clothing such as uniforms, regular wears, and so on. These patches may have words and/or images that are embroidered on them. Examples of such uniforms include the ones used by police officers, the military, bikers, gangs, and so on.

Companies/organizations may have uniforms with patches showing their names and/or logos. The name of the police force can be stated on the patches used by police officers. For the military, the country’s flag as well as any other important information will be embroidered on the patch.

Leather patches are used for special purposes. They can be fixed on work clothes, especially the heavy-duty ones. You can fix them on regular clothing at the knees (for pants) or elbows (for jackets).

Attaching Patches on Your Clothes

Thinking about rocking your clothes with a patch? Whatever the reason, be it to show support for your sports team or to show affiliation to a group, you can attach it on your own. You can even make the embroidered ones yourself.

The fabric to be used for the patches can be sourced from the clothes themselves (in the hem area). This depends on the size of the hole or tear you want to repair/cover. You may decide to shorten the garment just to get extra fabric for a patch. That is a brave move, but one that can save a good dress. There are other ways to make repairs to your garment.

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In understanding how to attach patches to garments, there is need to discuss the types of patches. We have the iron-on patches, appliqued patches, reverse applique patches, set-in patches, overhand patches, felt/flannel patches, darning patches, and embroidered patches. Few of them are discussed below.

Types of Patches

  • Iron-On Patches

These are patches that can be fixed on the garment with the use of a pressing iron. The heat produced by the pressing iron has to be at maximum level for this work. Iron-on patches have sticky sides.

To attach the patch, place it on the desired area and set the temperature of the pressing iron to the highest or to “cotton” level. Start pressing the patch evenly with a cloth in-between, so that the heat does not ruin the patch. You can do this for 30 seconds.

  • Appliqued Patches

Appliqued patches can be attached by hand or with the use of machines. If you are using a machine for this, make stitches with zigzag patterns around the edges of the patch. Attaching the patches by hand involves making stitches with blanket patterns.

  • Reverse Applique Patches

If you are repairing the garment with reverse applique patches, the hole or tear will have to be cut in the shape of the patch. As the name implies, the patches are placed on the back of the hole/tear. Sati/close zigzag stitches are then made around the edge of the repair area.

  • Set-In Patches

Set-in patches are fixed under the tear/hole you want to repair (on the wrong side). They are attached by making stitches from the underside.

  • Overhand Patches

This type of patch is sewn from the face of the garment. If the fabric of the garment is thick, an overhand patch with a thinner fabric should be attached. This is to avoid making the patch project out awkwardly.

  • Felt/Flannel Patches

Felt/flannel patches are made with pieces of felt. They come in matching/contrasting colors that can add some style to your clothes. If you are using them for repairs, they have to be large enough to cover the repair area.

The right procedure for attaching them involves placing the patch on top of the desired area, then making basting stitches. Stitching precedes the cutting of the worn portion away. This is done on the wrong side of the clothes. You should remove the basting stitches after catching stitch to patch.

  • Darning Patches

They are attached by keeping a piece of patch under the repair area. Make closely packed stitches with up-and-down patterns to cover the entire repair area (using a machine). Proceed to catch the patch you placed under the right side of the garment.

  • Embroidered Patches

These patches are produced with the use of fabric and thread. They are also called cloth badges. Embroidered patches can be attached to garments in several ways: Sewing, use of glue, ironing, and so on.

Patches are sold by a great number of online stores. You just need to find the right patch shop for you. Some stores sell custom-made patches. It all depends on what appeals to you or how you want to express yourself.

This article may have been able to convince you to try patches for clothes. However, just make sure that the patches fit the clothes and the clothes with patches fit the occasion. You do not want to feel awkward in the crowd or in public.

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