Little League uniforms are worn by players who are participating on an organized youth team. Little league teams typically play baseball games against other teams in their conference or league and may even compete for local, regional or national titles. Although team uniforms may differ between teams and leagues, there will many times be a design or specified way in which patches should be displayed on the uniform. Ironing is the most common means of attaching patches to uniforms.
Things You'll Need
- Ironing board
- Little League uniform
- Stiff cardboard
- Thin cloth
- Patch attach adhesive
Refer to league guidelines, manufacturer information or suppliers to determine the manner in which patches should be displayed and worn on league uniforms. Leagues often have very specific guidelines for patch location.
Set up an ironing board or use a table with a thick towel laid on top to protect the surface from heat damage.
Set the iron to dry heat rather than using any type of steam setting. If not specified by any labeling which may have been provided with the patch, use the cotton setting on the iron as a guide for temperature.
Place a thick piece of cardboard on the underside of the fabric at the point where the patch is to be attached. Position the patch in the appropriate location on the uniform.
Place a thin cloth over the patch for protection and set the iron on the patch. This begins to heat the patch and warm the adhesive so that a slightly tacky adhesive bond is formed between the patch and uniform which will hold the patch in place.
Turn the uniform over so that the inside of the uniform is accessible and set the iron on the patch. Slowly move the iron in small circles to heat and set the patch in place. Turn the uniform back over and check the edges of the patch to ensure the patch is bonding properly with the fabric.
Tips & Warnings
- Allow the patch to completely cool before your Little Leaguer wears the uniform.
- To attach patches with no adhesive, consider using Patch Attach and follow the manufacturer's directions.
- Use caution when you work with a hot iron to avoid burning yourself.
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