How to Design Your Own Fire Department Patches


Fire department patches are a clear way to identify your fire department and can be both stylish and informative. In fact, many departments trade or collect other department patches. Fire department patches can be found everywhere from surplus stores to eBay. When designing, certain things must be included.

Things You'll Need

  • Fire department information
  • Paper or pen
  • Paper
  • Computer graphic program (optional)
  • Pick a shape for your patch. Popular shapes include the Maltese cross, a crest shield, a circle or a hexagon.

  • Decide if you want a solid fill or a fabric background. Solid fills are more durable but are more expensive due to the extra embroidery stitching required.

  • Pick the colors for your patch. They can be department specific or any color you desire. You will need at least two colors; one for the background and one for the lettering. Other colors may be needed if graphics are going to be included.

  • Gather your departmental information - the name of the fire department, station number and establishment date. If your department has a nickname or short official quote and wants to use it, this should also be considered in the design.

  • Decide if your patch will include a graphic. Some examples are fire flames, nature scenes, firefighting tools, bugle horns or pictures of fire trucks. This is not required, but can make for a more interesting and aesthetically pleasing patch.

  • Draw a quick sketch using pencil or pen on paper. You may also use a computer program if you have one. Lay out the basic shape and fit the departmental information in as you see fit. This can be as simple or complex as you want it to be. Many embroidery companies employ artists who can create a refined version of your sketch.

  • Find a reputable embroidery company. Proofread to make sure you have properly spelled each piece of information on the patch design. Not every embroidery company knows how to spell your department name or nickname. They may not double-check with you. Submit your design and gain a price quote before proceeding.

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