Iron On Patches: Choosing the Type of Adhesive for DIY Iron On Patches

If you are the type of person who looks for quick and creative alternatives to sewing those hole-y or ratty fabric clothes and bags up, you are most likely already familiar with iron on patches and how it works: You buy one to your liking which is big enough to cover the hole of your old jeans, you peel off the protective cover on the adhesive at the back, and press it down with your flat iron for a few minutes till it sticks on the fabric and voila, in place of that nasty hole is a cute patch accessorizing your old jeans. But did you know that you can make your own iron on patches? All you’ll be needing are the following materials: embroidered patterns from old or outdated clothes, a pair of scissors, flat iron, a base fabric to decorate or stick your patches on, and most importantly, your fabric adhesive.

Making your own iron on patch is really not all that complicated – especially when you figure out that the durability and stickiness of iron on patches rely on the type of washable and heat-resistant adhesives used on its back’s surface for it to permanently stick onto the fabric. There are four types of adhesives that craftsmen and designers commonly use to stick decorative patches onto bags and clothing;


These are the MOST advisable and appropriate glue for sticking on embroidered patches. It is basically mess-free and easy to bring along in strips inside your sewing kit when traveling. There is no chance for leaks and drips when not in use as the fabric glue or adhesive come in sheets with protective peel-off layers.



This is the most commonly used and often in-stock glue available in hobby and crafting stores. Fabric glue is often in thick liquid form sold in small, plastic-bottles with an applicator, or sometimes in easy-squeeze aluminum tubes much like tooth paste and permanent bonding glue.


“Usually”, but NOT always, non-toxic and safe for kids to use in their little crafting activities. If you are on a tight budget or don’t have the time to make or buy iron on patches but are in DIRE need of a quick fix to “accessorize” or “temporarily” cover the hole in that tote bag or t-shirt, this crafting water-base glue is the way to go. Note that this type of glue has a tendency to seep easily onto fabrics so be sure to only apply in little amounts – unless you’re not worried about ruining your work.


These are definitely NOT fabric-friendly. These are basic, extra- strong bonding glue used for wood, plastic and glass materials. They may be clear or colorless solvents, but these are best used on solid, non-porous materials only. When used on fabric, this type of glue may leak through it and permanently stiffen the area of the fabric it is applied on. From the word “permanent”, this type of glue is NON-WASHABLE and should be used with caution. Only use this type of glue to stick your patches onto your fabric IF you really have no other choice and are in the ULTIMATE need of a quick fix.

Being aware of the different types of glue to stick on your Do-It-Yourself iron on patches can help widen your options in choosing the type of raw materials best suitable for your fabric and crafting needs. Without a doubt, these bits of crafty knowledge will help you determine the washing durability of the patches and save you money and effort in the long-run.

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You know that you can make your own Iron on patches You are most likely  familiar with iron on patches and how it works.