Can You Sew An Iron On Patch? Here’s What You Should Do!

Hey Friends! Are you planning to start sewing in this quarantine to kill time? Well, most likely, if you are then, an essential query that you might have up there in your mind would be that can you sew an iron-on patch? So do not miss up on today’s blog, as today we’ll be discussing it in detail to clear out your confusion about an iron-on patch.

Well! The answer is yes! You can sew an iron-on patch. I am pleased to tell you that sewing an iron-on patch is not a difficult task. You can easily sew your iron-on patch to save it from peeling off from the fabric, whether it is a jacket, backpack, or pants. Sewing is for the safety of an iron-on patch. 

Iron-on patch, no doubt, is specifically designed to be attached by ironing the patch on fiber. But there is another way to fix your iron-on patch by sewing it on the desired fabric. 

What Kind Of Fabric Is Suitable For Iron-On Patch?

According to sewing experts and my experience, it compels me to tell you that never use an iron-on patch on fabrics such as leather, nylon, and plastic materials. The suitable fibers for the iron-on patch are cotton and denim

Leather and nylon fabric are prohibited because they cannot bear the hot iron temperature. It may result in the burning or damage of that fabric; some materials cannot handle the hot iron temperature. It is recommended to avoid any damage.

What Is The Main Difference Between Sew-On And Iron-On Patch?

The key difference between the two patches is that sew on patch requires to be sewed on your desired fabric. In contrast, the iron-on patch has an adhesive back, which tends to stick to your fabric whenever ironed. 

A Sew-on patch is just like an embroidery patch. It is a more durable fabric material, and there is no glue on the backside of the patch; the back of the patch is the same as the front patch. But there is a difference in an iron-on patch. Iron patch has white cloudy color glue on the backside, just like a white plastic layer. It is hard to touch.

The iron-on patch is mostly affixed on the fiber by using the iron. Before fixing the iron-on patch, the iron temperature is set. Then iron-on patch is placed on the right spot, and on the surface, a small towel is used so that there is no serious damage on the patch with the heat or high temperature. The sticky material on the back of the patch melts and keeps it fix on the fabric. For example; Mostly military patches or badges are iron-on.

How To Sew An Iron-On Patch?

So let me clear this ambiguity, Iron-on patches can be sewed with hands and with the sewing machine. Most people avoid sew-on patches because they want to attach patches quickly. People think that sewing is difficult, but it is very soothing. 

With the hand, prefer hand backstitch to hide faults. With the sewing machine, the zig-zag way of stitching provides more chance to hold the patch in its place for a long time.

Another thing that people generally worry about while sewing is that regular needles can’t pass through the patch back because of the gluey structure, so to keep yourself away from this problem, use a wedge needle that can pass through the patch easily.

What Kinds Of Thread Colors Are Preferred While Sewing?

While choosing colors to take care of your iron-on patch matching color, if you feel difficulty, then the best option for you is to sew the patch with invisible or smoke colored thread. While hand sewing or with a sewing machine, there comes a thread color confusion. 

Do Boy Scouts Have Iron-On Patch? Can It Be Sewed?

Yes, boy scouts have an iron-on patch. These iron-on patches are usually fixed with strong glue, and the patch mostly remains for a longer time. But if your child is regularly going to events, then there’s a chance that the iron-on patch may come off its place. But this iron-on patch can be sewed; whether you press or wash it regularly, it will not easily peel off from the uniform.

What Are The Risks For Iron-On Patch?

  • The iron-on patch can easily be peeled off after two or three times washing in the washing machine.
  • Iron-on patches cannot bear high temperature. If you dry them or expose them to a high temperature, they can easily be damaged and easily ripped off the place where they are attached with the glue; heat weakens the bond between sticky material and fabric.

Risks or problems are part of life. When you buy an iron-on patch, from your side, you take care of every single step while fixing it to the fabric. But the gluey material used on the back of the iron-on patch can be less effective or durable.

What Are The Benefits Of Sewing Iron-On Patches?

It’s not necessary to sew iron-on patches. But there are many benefits of sewing iron-on patch:

  • If you sew an iron-on patch, rest assured that your iron-on patch will stay longer on the fabric. It doesn’t matter how many times you wash your jacket or your pants. 
  • Iron-on patch stitching saves your money. Money in the sense that it is better to sew your iron-on patch than to buy a new one from the shop after the old iron-on patch rips off or gets damaged.

The most durable and easy apply iron-on patches, as per my experience, are Libiline Styles Embroidered Patch Sew On/Iron On.


Iron-on patches can be sewed easily, and sewing patch is not much difficult. The iron-on patch can be sewed with wedge needles rather than a normal one. The invisible color of thread can be useful to hide any fault. 

While using a sewing machine, the zig-zag way is easy and useful. By hand, using a straightforward and regular practice of stitching is good. Avoid exposing iron-on patches to high temperatures and use fabric like cotton. 

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