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Custom-PatchesTypically, custom patches are made even without the backing. Actually, the initial phase in making these patches does not need any backing. Without a backing, the twill and threads are exposed, making the backside untidy. Custom patches with backings are generally thicker and stiffer than the patches without backings. Ideally, customers order these patches without backings if they will be attached to another fabric such as uniforms, hats, and jackets.

Given below are the different types of backings that you can avail from any manufacturer of custom patches.

Plastic backing

This backing makes the patch stiffer and gives an additional support allowing it to maintain its flatness. Even a material is added on the backside of the patch, the patch is thin enough to be attached onto any garment. Some manufacturers would not charge you an additional cost for plastic backing. Plastic backing is applied to all patches with different sizes, borders, and shapes. The output of this backing is a thin and dull patch.

Heat seal backing

This type of backing is also called iron-on. The backing is fused with the patch through a hot iron. Any standard home iron can be used in making this backing. Like plastic backing, it contributes an additional stiffness to the patch. Commonly, patch companies offer patches that can be washed for about 20 to 30 times. But if the backing is composed of robust adhesives, the patches can be washed for about 50 to 80 times. To make this backing, the patch should be attached to a temporary fabric first to make it stable. This backing is not applicable to nylon and several synthetic clothes.

Adhesive backing

Another name for this backing is peel-and-stick. Adhesive backings transform the custom patches into embroidered stickers. An adhesive is hard-pressed onto the patch’s backside. Afterwards, a paper is placed on top of the adhesive, allowing the user to peel it off when he will attach the patch to a fabric.

This backing is only for temporary use; thus, it is only used for special occasions or one-time events. It has a stronger adhesive than the standard paper sticker. However, it cannot withstand the pressure when subjected in the washing machine.

Hook-sided Velcro backing

Hook-sided Velcro backing is mostly used in the military. Military morale custom patches often use this type of backing since Velcro backing allows the user to attach and detach the patch whenever they need to. In the military, personnel change their patches from time to time especially if they will be transferred to different units. Thus, this backing is very useful and convenient for them. This backing makes use of hook-and-loop fasteners which are usually attached to one or two sides of the patch.

Magnetic backing

This type of backing is comprised of half-inch magnetic discs which transforms the patch into a magnetic embroidery. Magnetic patches differ in the quantity of magnets. Their quantity depends on how large the patch is.

Pin backing

While making the patch, a pin is incorporated between the twill, threads and backing. As a result, the patch can serve as a brooch or pin. The pin backing includes a butterfly clutch which is used in securing the patch in place. If you want to transfer your patch from one object to another, like from bag to hat, you can try this pin backing.

Button loop backing

A single thread is looped and sewn onto the backside of the patch. This loop is created to let the button pass through it. Patches with button loop backings are commonly used by boy and girl scouts. The patch is worn by hanging it on a single button of your uniform.


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