How to Make Iron-on Patches?

Are you tired of plain and boring clothing? Do you want to add some personalized flair to your wardrobe? Look no further than iron-on patches! These fun and customizable patches can turn any clothing or accessory into a statement piece. You can easily make them yourself at home! And the best part?

So, get ready to unleash your creativity and add unique style to your clothes with this fun and easy DIY project. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to make iron-on patches.

Things You Will Need

Although creativity can strike at any moment, making your iron-on patches requires some essential materials. Don’t worry; you don’t need anything too fancy! Here’s a list of the basic items you’ll need to create your iron-on patches:

  • Fabric (cotton or denim work best)
  • Fusible webbing
  • Scissors
  • Pencil or pen
  • Iron
  • Ironing board or towel
  • Design or template

Where to Start and Go About?

Are you ready to dive into DIY iron-on patches but need help figuring out where to begin? Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered! After you’ve gathered the necessary material and tools, here is what you need to do next:

1.   Choose a Design

The first step in making your iron-on patches is to choose a design. You can draw your own design or find one online. Make sure to choose a design that is simple enough to be cut out of fabric and looks good in a small size. Remember that the design will be mirrored when you iron it onto the fabric, so make sure any text or logos are backward before you cut them out.

2.   Transfer the Design

Once you have your design, it’s time to transfer it onto the fabric. Place the fabric on a flat surface and sketch the design onto the fabric with a pencil or pen. If you need more confidence in your drawing skills, you can print and trace the design onto the fabric using a transfer pencil or iron-on transfer paper.

3.   Cut Out the Design

Using scissors, carefully cut out the design from the fabric. Leave a small fabric border around the design to prevent fraying.

4.   Fuse the Patch

Now, stick the patch onto the garment or accessory. Cut a piece of fusible webbing slightly smaller than the patch and place it on the back of the patch. Use a hot iron to press the patch onto the garment or accessory, following the instructions on the fusible webbing packaging. Apply firm pressure and hold the iron on each part of the patch for about 15 seconds.

5.   Finishing Touches

Allow the patch to cool completely before handling. Once the patch is cool, you can trim any excess fabric from the edges with scissors. You can add details with fabric paint or embroidery floss if desired.

How to Care for An Iron-on Patch?

After creating and attaching your iron-on patch to your clothing or accessory, it’s important to take care of it properly to ensure it stays in place and looks great. Here are some tips on how to care for your iron-on patch:

  1. Wait before washing: Allow the patch to cool fully and set for at least 24 hours before washing.
  2. Wash inside out: When washing the garment or accessory with the patch, turn it inside to protect it.
  3. Use a gentle cycle: Use a gentle cycle with cold or warm water to avoid damaging the patch or fabric.
  4. Avoid the dryer: Avoid putting the garment or accessory in the dryer, as the high heat can cause the patch to peel off. Instead, hang it to dry or use a low heat setting.
  5. Hand wash: Hand washing is the best option for caring for your iron-on patch as it is the gentlest option.
  6. Avoid ironing directly on the patch: While ironing the garment, avoid ironing directly on the patch. Place a piece of fabric or parchment paper over the patch to protect it if necessary.

Following these simple care instructions, your iron-on patch should stay in place and look great for a long time.


Creating your own iron-on patches is a fun and easy way to personalize your clothing and accessories. With just a few basic materials and creativity, you can design and make your patches quickly.

Remember to choose a simple design, transfer it onto the fabric, carefully cut it out, and then fuse it onto the garment or accessory using a hot iron and fusible webbing. And if you find it hard to make one on your own, you can always reach out to Nexus Patches for help!

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