Home > General Apparel Decorating > How to Make Custom Patches with the Patch KitHow to Make Custom Patches with the Patch KitHow to Make Custom Patches with the Patch KitHere are some simple instructions on how to make custom patches with an embroidery machine and the Patch Kit by Colman and Company. Everyone has different styles and techniques, but we have found these steps to land consistent quality patches over and over again. Some of our customers have been using these techniques for years, so we are sharing it with you. We wish you patch making success!Step #1 Create your patch design with three things in mind…Have a satin running stitch as a border, wider is better than narrow. It is helpful to use our Patch Borders which are digitized specifically for this.Keep border and shape of patch smooth for easier cutting.Selected Patch Material will be your background color – no stitches needed.Step #2 Hooping: You have two directions in which you can go. You can hoop Patch Material without any stabilizer/backing/topping.However, this can sometimes lead to the material moving within the hoop. Or you can attach our newest patch product, called HeatSPUN, to the backside of the PatchMat with your heat-press, then hoop. Adding the HeatSPUN glue keeps the patch material from moving and sliding within the hoop. This HeatSPUN glue will become your stabilizer when you use the PatchMat material.Step #3Sew out patch/badge design.ALWAYS sew out more than what you need for mistakes. Step #4 Un-hoop and trim off excess patch materialKeeping all patches together if sewn out as a group.Step 5Attach Patch Material to the HeatSEALPlace flat Teflon/parchment sheet down to protect your heat-press.Place Patch Material face down on heat-press or table if using a hand iron.Place HeatSEAL material face down on top of sewn out patches with the paper backing side up. Place another Teflon sheet/parchment on top, making a Teflon Patch sandwich.Heat @ 320-330 degrees for 10-12 seconds. Using 40 psi of pressure or significant hand pressure for hand iron – no steam.Turn it over and heat it again, twice is nice.Step 6Roughly cut out the sealed patchesRemoving excess patch/seal material, leaving a quarter to half an inch of material surrounding satin stitch border.Step 7Heat up Hot KnifeWith the universal tip for 10-15 minutes – use safety stand. Step 8Cut out individual patch/badge with the Hot Knife…– Place individual patch face-up on smooth GLASS surface, begin running hot Universal Tip along edge of patch directly next to satin stitch.– Hand speed/pressure will cause patch to be cut & sealed, leaving a finished patch.– Use dry paper towel/cloth as a “wipe-off” station for the hot tip when residue appears. Wipe tip often.– Practice using hand pressure and speed of tool movement to guide you. Finishing TouchesHeat the patch/badge briefly on top-side of the garment for proper placement than to turn garment inside-out and apply heat to the back-side of the patch so heat is directly applied to HeatSEAL side of patch/badgePRO-TIP: Our Patch Borders CDs are not just simple satin stitched designs. These designs have all been specifically digitized to make cutting out patches easy. They are absolutely a time saver! Helpful TipsFinished Patch/Badge can be applied directly to garment with heat-press, hand iron or sewn on. If you choose to sew-on, you could omit the step where you add theHeatSEAL glue after the sew out. If using heat-press, use 320-330 degrees for 10-12 seconds, then turn garment over and press from the back-side for 15-20 seconds more.If using a hand iron, use setting between Wool and Cotton, no steam. Use same dwell times. You’re done! Tweet Pin It Related Posts How to find machine tips and techniques: DTG, Embroidery & Bling Rhinestone Transfer System ROI Case Study How to make a T-Shirt with Heat Transfer Vinyl 10 Reasons to Start an Embroidery Business at Home How to WOW your customers with pictures; using your smartphone!