A Guide On Bespoke Patches

Roger Adams

There are subtle but important differences between the many types of patches, keep reading to find them out

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Patches have been around for quite some time, approximately since the third century BC. They went through every period and trend to ever exist, and in this article, you’ll find a complete guide to choose the best for you.

Woven vs Embroidered Patches

Woven patches are made with thin and fine threads, enabling to show the detail and small lettering, and are perfect for showing overall detail.

In general, larger patches are recommended for those who need to put a good amount of information and detail on the design.

Embroidered Patches are patches whose design is achieved by interlacing threads. There is a distinct difference in the looks of an embroidered patch to a woven patch, such as the weave, the thickness of the thread, and the thickness of the patch.

The weave of a woven patch is created with a much thinner thread, just like a woven label, and the thinner threads enable a tighter weave so there can be more detail in the artwork. The threads also provide cleaner lines and a flatter appearance, closer to a printed look allowing the thickness of the patch to be more streamlined and thin.

Embroidered patches are suitable for those who want their patches to look classic and woven patches are the best suit for those looking for detailed and high-resolution patches. Both options are perfect for independent artists and tattooists or people who have small independent shops that want to create unique items.


On the back, they can have velcro, iron-on, or nothing at all. For patches that have detail and complex artwork, it is best to accompany the design with an embroidered edge, and for patches that have complicated edges such as waves, it is recommended to be laser cut (die-cut) not embroidered edges.

Velcro backings are a smart choice all the way around. Not only do they make the patches easy to move from one uniform to the next, but they also protect garments from damage. If you want to stray away from the task of sewing or ironing on patches, you’ll want to order velcro backings on your custom patches. Iron-on woven patches allow for much greater detail to be included in the design. This is ideal if your logo or patch concept is complex or requires color gradients. The detail is preserved perfectly.


Borders prevent the patch from fraying or unraveling and give the patch a good pronounced edge. Borders are of two different types: hot cut and merrowed

A merrowed border is a heavier border that is sewed up and over the exterior edges of the patch. Merrow borders are most generally located on shapes, for example, circles, ovals, and squares. They are implemented after the design is stitched onto the patches.

Whereas a hot cut border is a simple, thinner, flatter border that is removed using a hot knife that seals the peripheral edge of your patch, shielding the thread from fraying

Now you know exactly what you need to consider to create the perfect custom patch, Pin Pals create patches for jackets, backpacks, hats, t-shirts, exclusively for people using their designs. They offer the best prices and quality of the market, with the different styles and backings explained above. They also offer incredible deals for 50, 100, 200, and 300 patch units.

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