Here we give you a really quick overview and a few hints and tips on how to use our brand new iron on patches! They are quick and easy to use.. don't be scared!
Essentially, any of our current embroidery designs can be turned into a patch. But for now, we have made some of our favourite designs available for you to use in a variety of ways. These are each designed and embroidered by us in store and we take great pride in every embroidered item we make and we want you to get the most out of them in your crafting projects!
What you will need:
Your chosen patch. These are available here - or go to our embroidery section and find them in the iron on patches sub category.
Your fabric. Or whatever you are sticking this to. No. it is not just me who looks around the room thinking 'what else could I stick this patch to'. (The hubby wasn't impressed with his new reworked dressing gown).
Scissors. Make them a sharp pair... not the giant fabric ones either. Smaller scissors are easier to use when cutting around our embroidery. Top Tip: When cutting, move the item you are cutting as you go around the edges, don't move your scissors! You will get a neater finish! Snip snip!
Iron. Or a heat press if you are fancy like that!
Grease Proof Paper. To protect your fabric and patch from your iron or heat press
I think that is it...
Oh! A hard surface as oppose to an ironing board as your workspace is handy, some wooden blocks could be useful in some cases (or something hard like that... you will see why further down). A fire extinguisher (only joking...just don't leave your iron on and unattended).
What you will get with your patch & first steps!
At Jolif, we are quite good to you. We already do half of the job for you, by heat pressing the first part of your bond (the bit that sticks the patch to the fabric) to the reverse of your patch. So cut your patch out, and then turn it over and you will see a paper layer. You can peel this off when you are ready, and it will reveal the shiny glue layer.
Tip:. Don't peel the back until you are ready to use it. You don't want to damage the glue layer and although it is not sticky to touch whilst cold, bits can and will still get stuck to it!
An example of one of our gorgeous patches on a hessian jute bag! Jute bag from Hobby Craft!
Before you iron on your patch...
Make sure you have a square of heat proof paper to cover your patch. If you are ironing your patch onto something similar to the bag above, or any specialist material then you may want to cover the whole fabric to protect it.
Turn your iron on, but turn the steam off. You only need heat, and you don't want to add moisture to the patch from the steam.
Prepare your fabric. Choose where you will iron your patch, make sure your fabric is crease free and clean.
Tip.The surface you are ironing onto needs to be a hard surface, so you can apply pressure (if you are using an iron). If the item you are ironing onto has bulky seams, such as a jute bag, you may want to use wooden blocks inside the bag just to give it a harder, raised surface to press onto.
Once your iron is hot...
Place your grease proof paper over the fabric and patch, and with your iron on full heat (unless you are using a heat press, we recommend 160 degrees for 20 seconds) press the iron down hard over your patch, and hold for approximately 20 seconds. Make sure you repeat this process over all of the areas of the patch paying close attention to the edges.
Once this is done, it is really important you let the patch fully cool before you start checking it is glued into place properly. You may find you will need to repeat the above process for some fabrics such as hessian jute bags.
If you are really not feeling the iron or heat press process, you can choose to hot glue the patch onto your project. Peel off the paper and glue into place - just bare in mind if you are gluing onto a thinner fabric, the glue will probably seep through to the reverse of your material!
Tip. After you have carried out any stage of the heat press process, it is important you don't peel the patch off and reposition as you will loose some of your glue and it won't re-stick.
We added some finishing touches with HTV iron on names etc. You could also do this - you could either buy one of our larger size personalised names which you can iron onto your project or if you are lucky to have a silhouette or cricut machine, you can buy our heat transfer vinyl and make your own! We used Baby Pink glitter HTV!
Be aware: HTV does not stick easily to jute bags - it will do eventually, but you need bags of patience and some experience with the type of HTV you are using. Any problems, just drop a question in our dedicated Facebook group, and someone will no doubt give you a hand (so to speak!).