Custom Patches Guide

At American Patch, we create custom patches for any occasion – from a celebration to a commemoration to personalization and more. We’re here to help you create the perfect patch that you can enjoy for years to come. In this Custom Patches Guide, we explain our patch process from start to finish and how you can get started on your very own custom patches. If you are looking for custom patches online, this is the place to start!

Custom Patches Online

Step 1: Choosing a Design

The very first part of creating your own custom patches online is deciding what kind of design you want on them. For example: Are you looking to showcase a mascot? A logo? A word or phrase? You should also take into consideration the size of the patch you want and the shape you want for it. Once we have these details, we can get started.

Patch Type

When determining your embroidery coverage, it’s also important to take into consideration what type of patch you’d like. At American Patch, we offer traditional embroidered patches that use substrate fabric and embroidery thread. We also offer woven patches that are created without substrate fabric and instead, the thread is woven together to create the patch. We also offer dye sublimated patches that don’t use thread at all and instead, use dye to color the molecules of the patch fabric. Which photo or printed patch you choose depends on the look you like and the amount of detail you want in your patch.


Unfortunately we do not have graphic designers on staff, so here are some key tips when designing your artwork for an embroidered patch. Make sure all lettering is ¼”tall and width and use simple block upper case fonts for small lettering. In order to achieve color gradients via embroidery, we need broad work area. The smaller the area, the less likely smaller detail will translate to embroidery well.


Once you know what you’d like your custom patches to look like, you’ll have to choose the colors you’d like to incorporate. At American Patch, we offer a wide variety of thread and twill colors to choose from and we allow up to eight different colors for each embroidered patch design at no additional cost. Please note that every thread color over eight incurs an extra cost per thread. For a sample of some of our thread and twill colors, click here.

Step 2: Pricing

When we price our patches, we take size, quantity, backing type and embroidery coverage into consideration. On average, the smaller your patches and the less the embroidery coverage, the more inexpensive your custom patches will be. In addition, the more identical custom patches you’d like, the more inexpensive they’ll be per patch. For a complete chart of patch pricing, visit our Pricing Page.

Step 3: Ordering Your Custom Patches Online

Ordering is the most exciting part of creating your very own custom patches (and it’s also very easy!). All you have to do is fill out our Free Quote form and attach your desired artwork. After that, you’ll get an email quotation. At that point if you decide to move forward, we will collect your shipping and billing information and send over an order confirmation form. Once you sign and send it back then, you’ll receive a sample of your custom patches for approval. Once you approve, we’ll create your entire order and ship them to you as quickly as possible.

If you have any questions about ordering your custom patches online, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’ll help you get started!