How to Put an Iron-On Patch on the Inside of a Pocket


Iron-on patches are commonly added to pants or shirts to repair rips and tears and for basic decoration. In addition to square patches, you can also find patches with holiday, sports and animal themes. Place an iron-on patch on the inside of a pocket to fix an imperfection or just to add a colorful design to your clothing.

Things You'll Need

  • Iron and ironing board
  • Pillow case or towel (regular—not plush)
  • Heat your iron on the medium setting.

  • Lift the pocket and carefully use the tip of your iron to heat up the area inside where you want to place the iron-on patch. Let the iron sit on the spot for about 6 to 10 seconds to prepare it for the patch.

  • Turn the iron to its highest temperature. This is usually the "Cotton" setting.

  • Lay the iron-on patch inside of the pocket. Make sure that it is lined up perfectly to your liking.

  • Place a towel or pillow case on the pocket and put the hot iron on top. Hold it down over the patch for about 10 seconds. Allow the iron-on patch to cool for at least an hour before handling the clothing.

  • Turn the clothing inside out so that the inside of the pocket is exposed. Place the towel or pillow case on the pocket at the back of the patch. Press down with your iron for about 5 seconds. This will seal the patch in place more securely.

  • Allow the item to cool completely before wearing it.

  • Photo Credit ironing image by jovica antoski from
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