How to Attach Patches Without Sewing?

If you have simple jeans or a jacket and want to add a bit of flair to it, consider attaching a patch. A patch can be anything, from your favorite band to even an anime character you really like. As long as you are happy with it, the sky is the limit.

Although a lot of kids and adults like the idea of attaching patches to their clothes, the thought of having to sew it on is a scary one. Not everyone is as proficient at sewing and you do not want to botch the job and ruin your jacket entirely. Taking it to a tailor is an option, sure, but nobody wants an extra cost.

But what if there was a way to attach patches to your cloth without sewing? Won’t it make everything a lot easier?

In this article, we will give you a complete guideline on how to attach patches without sewing so that you can do it yourself in the comfort of your home with minimal hassle. So, without further ado, let us get started.

Patch Types To Consider

It is difficult to choose the right patch if you are not an expert with them, especially if you do not have much experience with them. Patches can be categorized into several types, such as:

Chenille Patches

The chenille ones are the best option for you if you like the old-school patch style. The designs are usually simple, which makes them a good pick for a retro look or a high school outfit.

Embroidered Patches

Sports and work uniforms are perfect for embroidered patches. This type of design is highly saturated, which makes it an excellent giveaway. In addition to being durable and affordable, embroidered patches also offer a wide range of design options.

Leather Patches

Leather patches are superior to other patches for backpacks, outdoor brands, and fashion brands, as leather is durable and timeless.

PVC Patches

Water, grit, mud, and whatever else you throw at these rubber patches won’t compromise their durability. These are preferred by many people since they are 3D and really make them stand out.

Can You Attach Patches Without Sewing?

Believe it or not, there are, in fact, three different ways you can attach patches to your cloth without a sewing kit. Both of these processes are simple enough that you can do it yourself at home. The process and the result do vary between the three methods so you need to decide which one you want to follow yourself.

In any case, we will discuss the three methods in detail to give you a complete picture before you start. The two techniques for attaching patches without sewing are:

  1. Fabric fuse webbing method
  2. Using fabric adhesive
  3. Hook and loop Velcro

Method 1: Attach Patches Using Fabric Fuse Webbing

This process might be the easiest way to attach patches as it does not require you to apply any super glue or epoxy glue or make any modifications to the cloth. Fabric fuse webbing requires you to get special fabric fuse sheets though, so keep that in mind when you are shopping for it.

When you get your hands on these sheets, you need to prepare your design on them. You can use image editing software and print out the image there. Or you can even draw by hand.

Sometimes you can even find premade fabric fuse sheets with different designs that you can use right away. These patches can be applied to the fabric simply using a flat iron.

Simply place your cloth where you want to apply the patch on the iron table or a flat surface. Position the patch correctly, and heat it using your flat iron. After a couple of passes, it should be pasted perfectly.

When choosing the patch, it is best to go with a fabric that matches your cloth. So, if you are attaching the patch to a denim jacket, you want to buy a denim patch. This would ensure that the patch stays in place without any complications.

Method 2: Attach Patches Using Fabric Adhesive

For our second method, we will be using fabric adhesive to attach patches to the piece of clothing. It might not be as hassle-free as using the fabric fuse method, but it is still simple enough to handle for most people.

Just make sure that the adhesive you are using is of high quality for the best results. Fabric adhesives come in all price ranges and quantities. If you want to attach a single piece of patch, you do not need much.

But if you want to do it as a regular hobby, consider investing in more glue. Once you have your adhesive and your flat iron, you are ready to get started. Simply lay your cloth flat on the table and apply a small amount of glue where you want to attach the patch.

You also want to spread a bit of glue on the back of the patch. After that, position the patch on the cloth and press down on it slightly. Then take your flat iron and apply a bit of heat to help dry the glue right away.

When using this method, you do not want to move the flat iron around when the glue is in its liquid state. It can ruin the positioning of the patch and spread the glue around on the cloth ruining the entire project. If you have quick-drying fabric glue, you can even get away with not using your flat iron at all.

Method 3: Hook And Loop Velcro Method

Another way you can attach patches is by using hook and loop Velcro fabrics. The best part about this method is that you can take off the patch anytime you want. However, we still do not recommend it as when you take off the patch, the Velcro part stands out which does not look very pleasing.

You also need fabric adhesive for this method to work. Velcro comes in two parts, the hook, and the loop. You need to attach one part to the cloth while the other part is attached to the patch itself using fabric adhesive.

When the two parts are ready, you can simply attach the Velcro parts together by pushing them against each other.

Extra: Way to Attach Scout Patches

It probably makes sense that you want to attach scout patches to their uniforms. Patches are sewn onto kids’ uniforms for hours by their parents. Fortunately, there are plenty of alternatives to sewing the patches on that are just as effective.

It is best to use glue instead of sewing patches onto your child’s uniform instead of sewing them. The patch will stay in place after a lot of washing if you use high-quality glue.

Alternatively, the scout patches can also be ironed onto the uniform, but first, make sure the fabric can take an iron-on. To choose iron-on patches, choose those that are as heavy as the fabric you intend to iron them on.

Tips To Attach Patches Without Sewing Perfectly

Now that you know the different ways to attach patches securely without sewing, you can get started right away. However, we recommend taking a step back and looking at the following tips which can help you get the most out of the patches.

Take Things Slowly

Rushing is never the right way to go when you are working on a delicate task. The patch you are attaching to your cloth is likely to stay there for its entire lifespan. So, you do not want to rush and mess up as it will affect the entire look of the garment. So, it is best to go slow and apply glue or iron one section at a time.

Design And Placement

Also, take some time to think about the design and placement of the patch. You can make the patch yourself or buy one from a local store. After getting the patch, test it out by placing it on the cloth in the position where you want to attach it. It is also a good idea to test out different other positions to find the best placement.

Use Quality Materials

Make sure you are using high-quality materials for this type of project. This means, the quality of the patch, the adhesive you use, and even the clothing should be good and durable. Otherwise, the patch might not be as long-lasting as you would want.

Final Thoughts

As you can see attaching patches to your clothes without sewing is not only possible but is also quite easy. So, whether you are attaching the patches to your kids’ jeans or your own jacket, you do not have to worry about sewing it on yourself.

We hope the three methods we discussed on how to attach patches without sewing will come in handy the next time you want to bedazzle your clothes.

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Michelle Jacobs

Michelle is a young mom and crafts fanatic. In her free time she loves to write about her latest creations, and how other moms can entertain their children with some colored paper and a pair of scissors!

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