Designing custom patches is easy. You don’t have to be an artist to create an amazing design. Here are some of the things that you need to keep in mind when deciding on your patch design.
Designing a patch starts with an idea. The idea can be an event to commemorate, a brand logo or a theme. A good patch transforms that concept into an easy to understand graphic. Most of the custom patches providers have a group of talented in-house artists. Their primary task is to make your custom patch from a photograph, sketch or text description. The service is usually free, included in the package.
The Patch Design
Your custom patch design should come across to your audience. Simplicity is always the best. Make sure that you do not over crowd and add too many details. A better embroidered patch starts with a simple idea and with a simple design. Prepare a rough sketch, or send a logo, photo, decal or sample patch. Don’t worry if you are not an artist, there is no need for you to draw your ideas. Just describe the design that you want in words. Your chosen provider will interpret your ideas into a great graphic.
The Patch Shape
Custom patches can be made in any shape. The conventional shape like circles, octagon, ovals and squares are the popular choices, but there are lots of shapes available. With the use of lasers and hot and die cutting processes, you can cut these patches into any shape you want. To achieve a fine detail, you can cut the center and add to the look of the embroidered patch.
There are different types of backing some of which are as follows:
1. Plastic – to add stiffness and provides support to your patch, plastic backing is used. This type of backing helps retain the shape of your patch over time. Plastic is thin enough to sew through.
2. Velcro – available in one side or both sides.
3. Magnetic – this backing is placed on the entire back and transforms your patch into an embroidered magnet.
4. Heatseal or iron-on. You need a home iron to stick the patch in your garment. If you plan to wash your garment 50 to 80 times or more after placing the patch, it is best to use heatseal as pre-placement before sewing it. To hold it in place do some tag stitches along the patch.
5. Adhesive – this is the most common type of backing. This is a peel and stick backing to keep the patch in place for a single event. Machine washing the garment is not recommended for it will not able to hold up. If you want to keep your patch permanently use hotseal or sew your patches.
Merrowed border is the most popular type of border that wraps around the side of the entire patch, and is normally 1/8 inches in thickness. This is perfect for simple shapes, like squares, circles, rectangle, etc.
Another popular border for your patch is the diecut border. This border is cut to the shape of the design and is best for more complicated custom shapes with several in-cuts and sharp angles.
There are things that you need to consider when it comes to size. The right size for your custom patch is generally determined by its actual use. Use a ruler to measure the area the finished patch will be placed. Through this you will have an idea as to what will fit in the patch. The next thing you need to consider is the amount of information and the art that needs to add into it.
Other things that you need to consider are the lettering, the colors and the embroidery coverage. Once you have decided on the things enumerated in this article the next step is to find a reliable custom patches provider and ask for quotes.