How to Iron on Badges


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

  • Clothing
  • Ironing board
  • Badge or patch
  • Iron
  • 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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