When it comes to iron patches, you do not need any previous experience to get the job done. However, there may be a time when the iron-on patches you use do not turn out in the way you would have liked them to. For this reason here is a step-by-step guide to ensure your patches turn out perfect every time.
What You Will Need
- Transfers or Iron-On Patches
- An ironing board and an iron
- Blank paper sheet or a towel
- The material, canvas tote or clothing that you would like to apply the patch to
There are several types of patches which you can choose from
About The Material And The Patches
Take into consideration the patches that you would like to iron-on:
- If you have purchased the store-bought cool iron-on patches that are designed to be used as an iron-on, then you are probably faced with an easy project. These are the types of patches that usually will require that the iron is set on a “cotton” high steam setting. This is usually because these patch types are thick.
- The printable transfers require a bit more finesse. This is because the transfer-paper requires just the right amount of heat to melt the adhesives onto the material or clothing. This means if you use too much or too little heat, the transfer will not adhere. To test out, the transfers cut a square that is ½” X ½” of the printed paper and then iron on a test-patch that won’t be noticeable.
- You are also able to create your personal patches using fusible web and cotton fabric. The fusible web can be compared to thin sheets of adhesive which will melt when they come into contact with an iron. You can download your templates from the Internet. Use any quilting-grade material that is made mostly out of cotton.
- What type of material can you use the iron-on patches on? The cotton materials will work out the best along with denim. If you decide to use a material that contains plastic you can risk melting or burning it when you use your iron. This is why it is always advisable to test the material with an iron before you decide to iron-on a patch.
Patch Placement And Design
If you have already decided on the placement of the patch, that is fine, but it is also advisable to try out a few different placements. You may find that another position works best than the one you initially decided on biker jackets or other clothing. When adding iron-on patches to a pair of jeans or denim material, use a safety pin to attach these patches to different places and then try the jeans on and look in the mirror to decide which area on the jeans would work best. Experimenting with your patches may give you inspiration for any future projects.
Ironing On The Patches
If you were smart, you would have thought to turn on your iron as soon as you started arranging the patches. If you didn’t, turn on the iron and make sure you wait until the iron reaches the desired temperature. Avoid adding any water to your iron and put the iron on the “cotton” setting.
Lay the material or the jeans, jacket or clothing onto your ironing board and ensure for the last time that you are completely satisfied with the placement of your patch. Put your paper sheet or towel gently over the patch or the patches. The paper or towel is designed to protect the garment and your patch from direct contact with your iron. Sometimes an iron can have a residue on that is not visible to the naked eye. Also, the fabric or the patches may be sensitive when exposed to heat and can melt it they are touched directly by an iron.
You will place the iron over the patch pressing down for a count of 10 to 15 seconds. The fusible webbing and printable transfers will vary, and it is always advisable to check the instructions before you begin.
Once your patch or patches have been pressed, allow them to cool and then test by gently picking at one of the edges. If the patch starts to peel away, you will need to press the patch for a bit longer. Make sure you avoid over-ironing your patches.