Adding an iron-on badge or patch to an item of clothing can demonstrate a new achievement or position within an organization, or it can simply be a way to add some new character to an old garment. Iron-on badges are treated on the back with a heat-sensitive adhesive that will stick to fabric when gently heated. As long as you're careful with your preparations, you will find that iron-on badges practically apply themselves.
Things You'll Need
- Ironing board
- Badge or patch
- Towel or paper
Place the clothing on an ironing board with the area you want to add the badge to facing up. The area should be completely flat.
Place the badge on the clothing.
Fill an iron with water and heat it. For heavy fabrics such as denim or canvas, it should be on its highest setting; for lighter fabrics, use a medium setting. Turn the steam on.
Iron the area where the patch is to be applied to smooth and heat it. Iron until the fabric is warm to the touch; this will take one or two passes with the iron.
Place the badge on the area and cover it with the towel or paper. Iron it, pressing firmly but gently. Several passes may be necessary.
Allow the garment and badge to cool for about an hour. The adhesive is still setting during this time.
Tips & Warnings
- Ensure that the area of clothing you want to add your badge to is clean and free from dust or lint.
- Pay careful attention to the edges of the badge. These are the places most likely to peel.
- Always handle a hot iron with care.
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