Bigger May Not Mean Better: A Guide To Embroidered Patch Size

Bigger May Not Mean Better: A Guide To Embroidered Patch Size

Custom embroidered patches are what we do. We have been at it for over fifteen years, and we've crafted patches of all shapes, sizes, and subject matter. One of the most common questions customers have is, "What is the best size for embroidered patches?" But, there is no "ideal size" when it comes to custom patches. It's all about the purpose, function, and role that your patch plays. It also depends on your personal preference. No matter which size you choose, make sure that your design will work. 

For complex, detailed, and intricate patches, it's better to use a larger patch. These bigger sizes can showcase more detail within the art or provide sharper images and information. The size of your patch is important, but there are a few things to take into consideration. Embroidered patches are generally found on the sleeves, chest, and back of garments. Patches offer a dose of style and personality to jackets and shirts, sweaters, hats, and even bags and accessories. Below we take a closer look at patch sizing and what ordinarily works best. 

As we mentioned earlier, patches are typically found on the sleeves, chest, and back of garments. Jackets, vests, and jerseys can be seen with patches. Sleeve patches are popular for sports teams; however, they also add a style touch to a jacket, sweater, or t-shirt. 

Smaller sleeve patches make for a simple and understated approach, great for tees and polos. However, more substantial patches can be seen on leather jackets, bomber jackets, sweaters, and more. These patches may stretch down the arm of the garment and provide unique designs and colors. Sports teams and other jerseys typically use medium-sized patches for logos or jersey numbers. 

Now let's look at chest patches. Again, chest patches are prevalent on polos, oxfords, and sometimes tees. However, they are popular on basketball jerseys, as well as football and hockey uniforms. The chest is an excellent location because it's the place first seen. Embroidered patches that are fitted to the chest size tend to be the best looking. Like sleeve patches, modest, understated patches are great for branding purposes. However, something a little bigger will be effective for businesses and companies using patches for employee uniforms. Uniform patches should be informative and detailed, though clean and legible. Big patches on the chest will certainly attract attention, though going too big can look busy and slightly messy, though the right design will work. 

Back patches are generally seen adorning jackets and vests. The most common is custom motorcycle patches. These three-piece designs include a medium-size patch at the top, a large patch in the middle, and a small design across the lower portion of vests and jackets. The back is a perfect place to opt for big patches. Smaller patches will look cluttered and busy. A large, complex, intricate patch will take any vest or jacket to the next level. However, keep in mind that it all depends on your patch style and the type of garment. Patches are also seen on the front of vests, though in simple forms. Remember, patch size is all about the purpose of the patch and your personal preference. Get creative! 

At, we make ordering patches easy, no matter the size. We produce high-quality custom patches without the high cost. The best part is, you have complete control over the creative process. Whether you need patches for your company, a local sports team, or a special event, we're here to help. We offer the best patches on the market with unrivaled customer service. 

Here you will find hundreds of different attachment options, colors, and styles, and we are here to help you create exactly what you are looking for. We offer a range of sizes, shapes, different borders, and thread colors. If you would like more information, give us a call toll-free at 866-847-2824 or email us. We'd be happy to help you!