Stuck On You! Choose The Right Patch Attachment Option
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Stuck On You! Choose The Right Patch Attachment Option

We are all familiar with patches in some form. Whether you have noticed them on the jerseys of your favorite sports teams or employee uniforms, they are everywhere. For any...

We are all familiar with patches in some form. Whether you have noticed them on the jerseys of your favorite sports teams or employee uniforms, they are everywhere. For any business, patches are a popular way to promote their products and services. Patches are used as identification; however, they are suitable for making a statement or a joke or even as a stylish enhancement to any garment in your wardrobe. 

From jackets to backpacks, shirts, jeans, and uniforms, patches are a unique way to stand out while getting your point across. The best part about custom patches is that you are in complete control of the look of your patch. Each detail, from the imagery and text, all the way down to the thread color and backing, are all up to you. 

There are a few key elements to consider when creating a good patch, and we are here to help. One crucial detail to consider is how you want to attach your custom patches to your clothes. You have options, and today we examine those options to help you make the right choice. 

Before choosing the right attachment option, there are a few questions to answer. Do you want a patch that is permanently attached? Or, would you prefer something that is quick and easy to remove? Are you looking for a secure option? Your answers will assist in selecting what style will work best for you. Each attachment has its pros and cons, and we can help you decide which is suitable for your particular design. 

At, we have a few different backing options. The traditional sew-on backing, tape backing, iron-on backing, velcro, and rigid plastic backing are used. However, you can also opt for a button loop option, but we will talk about that in a minute. 

First up, sew-on patches. Why? Well, because they are our most popular, as well as the most permanent choice. Sew-on patches are the oldest and most common way to attach patches to any garment. They are secure and straightforward to attach, providing a durable hold that will last for years to come. Sew-on patches are traditional, timeless, and reliable. 

Just behind sew-on patches in terms of popularity are iron-on patches. By far the simplest and quickest way to attach patches, iron-on backing features an adhesive material. An iron is used to soften the adhesive, securing the patch in place on the item. Iron-on patches may not be as permanent as sew-on patches; they do offer a secure attachment method that will withstand nearly anything you put it through. You can use iron-on patches to place your design before sewing it into place. This adds further reliability and a more secure hold. 

For short-term use, tape backing is your best option. These are great for performances, festivals, and more. The tape allows for easy removal, though it will not survive through the laundering process. 

If you happen to be looking for a patch attachment that allows for simple relocation and reattachment, choose a velcro backing. The hook-and-loop fasteners are durable and provide a stronghold. However, you have the ability to move patches from one garment to another quickly and effortlessly. Velcro patches are great for morale patches and others. 

Our plastic backing provides extra support and a secure hold. This means that the patches will maintain their shape, even through constant use. The plastic backing can be used in conjunction with iron-on backing, providing even more security. 

Last but not least is the button loop. This isn't your typical attachment option, but it's one worth noting. Button loops are a simple loop that is added to the top of a patch. This allows the patch to hang from the button or a lapel pin. There is new sewing, ironing, or gluing required, which means they can be easily removed from any garment at any time. 

Here at, we know custom patches. We have over fifteen years of experience, and we know what works and what doesn't. Our patches are great for uniforms, jackets, jerseys, hats, and bags. Ordering patches from us means you are getting top-quality patches at great prices. 

Are you ready to get started on your next order? Simply fill out our free quote form or email us. It's that straightforward.

Jesse Daugherty

Jesse Daugherty


Hello, I'm Jesse Daugherty, a music enthusiast, sports aficionado, and an avid supporter of the arts. I'm a writer and content creator. For the past 5 years, I've shared my knowledge of custom patches and other promotional products, exploring their designs, meaning, and purpose.