Patch Care + Instructions
Patches can be washed GENTLY when attached to a garment.
If you need to wash a garment with patches attached, it is best to hand wash the garment to help prevent any snagged patch threads.
If you must machine wash, it is best to turn the garment inside out, secure or close any zippers, hooks and/or other items that could snag the patch threads during washing. Wash on the gentle cycle in cold water. Hang or tumble dry (on the lowest heat setting).
If you only iron the patch on, the adhesive may loosen as a result of machine washing. (This is with any iron-on patches, not just ours.) This is another reason why we highly recommend sewing on the patch (or at least the corners if you are ironing it on.
IRON-ON PATCH INSTRUCTIONS (for iron-on patches only)
Cotton and denim fabrics perform best with iron-on patches because they can handle the heat. Fabrics like polyester, nylon, leather and other stretchy fabrics don't hold up well under high heat (which is required to melt the glue on the back of the patch) and may burn or get discolored by a hot iron.
We also highly recommend using a thin towel over the patch (in between the patch and iron) to protect the patch threads during the ironing-on process, as some irons get hotter than others and can melt the threads (especially metallic thread which has a lower melting point).
We also highly recommend stitching the patch to the garment in a few places (after it has cooled), as to keep corners from pulling off when you go to wash it. (As iron-on will only hold for so long, no matter what the maker may claim.)
If you're ever not sure what a fabric is, it's always a safe bet to just stitch the patch on. The bonus is with denim and sewn-on patches, if you change your mind, you can just cut the thread, pull the old patch off and swap it out with a fresh patch! :)
As for the iron-on instructions:
1. Lay the base item on a flat, heat-resistant surface.
2. Place the patch in the position you chose
3. Heat up an iron. Turn it to the hottest setting your fabric can tolerate. Make sure the "steam" option is turned off, and that your iron isn't full of water
4. Place a thin towel over the patch. Take care not to disturb the position of the patch. The towel will protect the patch itself and the surrounding fabric.
5. Position the heated iron over the patch and press down. Hold the iron there for about 15 seconds. Apply as much pressure as you can by pressing down firmly.
6. Remove the iron and allow the patch to to cool. Lift the towel and check to see whether the patch is fixed on securely by gently rubbing at the edge with a finger, trying to lift it. If it lifts up a bit, replace the towel and press it with the iron again for 10 seconds.
7. Consider sewing around the edges. For a completely secure patch, use a sewing machine or a needle and thread to secure the patch to the fabric. This greatly reduces the chances that the patch will fall off. Choose a thread that matches the patch.