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Custom Patches Style Guide

The Many Possibilities of Custom Patches

How to Wear Them

Embroidered patches are a great addition to clothing and can be sewn or ironed onto many different articles. Our favorites (and the most popular choices) are jackets, hats, bookbags, and pants. Once you attach your patch, you can easily make your clothing even more personalized.

When you wear patches, you can choose from a wide variety of patch styles. Some people like to use decorative images like flowers, rainbows, feathers, or stars, while others like to use names, numbers, or even animals. You can also create patches with images of your favorite movies, foods, phrases, and more. The possibilities are endless!

Once you decide on your ideal clothing patch, experiment with the best place to show it off. You can do this by placing the patch where you want it and then sewing a loose stitch or two between through the patch and onto the material. Step back and take a look and if you like it, you can continue sewing. If not, simply cut the stitches and start again.


Common Types

The great thing about customized patches is that you can turn virtually any image you want into a beautiful embroidered design. Here are some of the most common types of patches that can be worn or displayed:

  • Sports/Sports Teams
  • Logos
  • Names
  • Flags
  • Bands/Musical Artists
  • Clubs/Organizations
  • Job Titles
  • Schools/Mascots

Color Choices

When embroidered patches were first created, it was difficult to incorporate many different colors into the design. With today’s technology, however, we’re able to make them as colorful as you’d like. At American Patch, we include up to eight colors at no extra cost, but how many colors you choose should depend on the type of patch you’d like.

Because embroidered patches are created by sewing thread onto a substrate, they’re thicker and have more dimensional detail. For this reason, we don’t suggest choosing an intricate design with lots of colors. Woven patches are created by weaving thread together to create the substrate. This means you’ll have a thinner patch that can show a little more detail. For the ultimate detailed and colorful design, choose our dye sublimated patches. We create these by dying the patch molecules to create a photo-like quality that is the best for intricate images or lots of colors.


Unique Uses

When you think of custom patches, you probably think of whimsical images (faces, foods, flowers, etc.) or club emblems (like biker groups or ancestry organizations). However, patches can be used in many other ways. For example:

  • Business Logos
  • Commemorations
  • Military Morale
  • Travel Remembrances
  • Martial Art Promotions
  • And Many More!

When it comes to patch styles, the possibilities are limited only by your imagination, so create something you’ll love to show off. Contact us today to get started.