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Any Patch Design can have an Iron-On Backing applied to it.

Iron-On Patch Backing

The iron-on backing option allows you to adhere the patches to a hat or garment using a common household iron or a heat transfer machine (heat press). This is a convenient method for attaching the patches. Many people iron patches on to hold them in place so they can easily sew the patches onto the garment. The iron-on backing is good for approximately 20-30 washings. We recommend that patches also be sewn on.

Here are the iron-on instructions:

A. Do not use an ironing board and do not use steam! Use a table or counter top with a hard surface.

B. Set the iron-on the cotton/linen setting. Allow time for the iron to get hot.

C. Place a terry cloth towel on the table or counter top. Place the garment on the towel.

D. Position the applique(s) on the garment.

E. Cover the applique(s) with a pressing cloth or a teflon ironing sheet.

F. After making sure the iron is hot, place the iron-on the pressing cloth and applique(s), using very firm pressure. Do not move the iron.

G. Hold the pressure for 30 to 35 seconds. (40 to 45 seconds for heavy fabrics such as denim). The goal is to melt the adhesive on the back of the applique into the fabric of the garment.

H. Pick the iron up and repeat the process for any unheated areas.

I. Allow the applique(s) and the garment to cool. Turn the garment inside out and repeat the process.

J. Do not attempt to iron the appliques on garments that cannot accept the highest heat setting on an iron. For example: leather, silk or nylon.

2. Why not use an ironing board? The ironing board has a soft surface and you must use a dense, hard surface. The heat from your iron will dissipate into the soft surface of the ironing board. The goal is to melt the adhesive, on the back of the applique, into the fabric.

3. What is a Teflon ironing sheet? A Teflon ironing sheet is a product that comes in any number of sizes, shapes and colors. It is very durable and will transfer high heat. In this application, it is used to prevent scorching of the garment and applique(s). As a bonus, it can double as a craft sheet because most adhesives will not adhere to it.

4. Can the appliques be ironed on any garment? The garment must be able to accept the highest heat setting on your iron. Do not attempt to iron the appliques on leather, silk, nylon or other fabrics that will be damaged with the highest temperature setting on any iron. If there is any question that the garment might not take the heat, we recommend you choose a different garment.

5. What about washing the garment and the appliques? If you are concerned about your garment, such as denim, we recommend that you wash it first if it is a new, unwashed garment. After appliques have been ironed on, we recommend washing the garment on a gentle cycle, damp drying and then hanging the garment to complete the drying. Treat the appliqued garment as you would any nice garment that needs gentle laundering.