tokidoki Iron-On Embroidery Patches
Customise your outfit or reinject life into old clothes with these cute iron-on patches!
- Embroidery patch with iron-on backing
This piece is part of Enchanté's exclusive tokidoki collection. Shop the full collection here.
**Step-by-step Guide on Application of an Iron-on Patch?**
(1) Examine the fabric of your clothing or accessory.
Fabrics like denim and cotton provide the best base for iron-on patches. As a general rule the fabric you choose should be at least as heavy as the patch.
- Look at the fabric care label to see whether it can be ironed (if not, there will be a crossed-out icon of an iron). If there's no label, try to figure out what material it's made of.
- Be very careful with polyester fabrics, since applying the high heat necessary for ironing on patches can burn the fabric or cause it to get discolored.
- Silk and other delicate fabrics are not good candidates for patches.
- The material you select is critical in ensuring the success of applying the iron-on.
(2) Lay the base item on a flat, heat-resistant surface.
An ironing board is useful, but if you don't have one, you may also lay your item across a doubled-up bath towel on a sturdy table.
- To ensure the item will provide a good surface for the patch, iron the fabric base first. If it's a backpack or another item that's difficult to iron, do your best to arrange it so that the part of the fabric that will be receiving the patch is flat against a hard surface.
- A crumpled surface is not ideal for receiving an iron-on patch and would be less lasting.
(3) Preparing to Iron-on.
The adhesive side should be flat against the base fabric. Make sure that the patch isn't crooked.
- On embroidered patches, the adhesive side is the underside.
- Take a second read on your fabric's care instruction and ensure your follow this instruction closely throughout the entire ironing process.
- Turn your iron on to the ideal setting according to your fabric's care instruction. Make sure the "steam" option is turned off, and that your iron isn't full of water.
(4) Ironing the Patch.
DO NOT IRON DIRECTLY ON THE PATCH.
- Place a thin towel over the patch. Take care not to disturb the position of the patch. The towel will protect the patch itself and the surrounding fabric.
- Position the heated iron over the patch and iron for about 15 seconds.
- Remove the iron and allow the patch to to cool. Lift the towel and check if the patch is fixed on securely by gently rubbing at the edge with a finger, trying to lift it. If it lifts up a bit, replace the towel and iron it for an additional 10 seconds.
(5) Caring for your Patch.
- Consider sewing around the edges. For a completely secure patch, choose a thread that matches the patch and sew the patch to the fabric. This greatly reduces the chances that the patch will fall off.
- Don't wash the article more than necessary. Iron-on patches do become loosened over time. Take care not to let the article get too dirty, since washing it may cause the patch to start coming off. If you do need to wash the item, hand wash it using cold water. Allow it to air dry.