Instructions for Ironing Patches

 

Children should NOT iron on the patches without adult supervision!

 

1.      First, a few patches may have a sticker on the back (on the glue side). If there is a sticker, remove it from each patch before ironing.

2.      To iron on the patches, first warm up the iron for 5 minutes (unless it is a rapid heat iron) on a medium (silk/wool) setting (or higher if possible without scorching the fabric). The iron must be hot enough to melt the glue.

3.      Then position the patch where you want it to permanently be with the glue side against the fabric.

4.      Press the iron firmly to the patch and hold for 10 seconds as a test. It usually takes 20-25 seconds to fully melt the glue, but irons vary, so be careful and don't burn or melt the fabric. If the glue isn't fully melted or if you handle the patch while the patch is still warm, the patch may start to come off the fabric. If this happens, iron it on again.

5.      You MUST let the Patch set for a few minutes until it is cool before you handle it.

6.   Our patches have excellent adhesion that is superior to any other one inch iron-on patches we have tried. Once the patch is ironed on, it may not be possible to remove it without damaging the fabric.

7.   Patches can be ironed on most fabrics. They are often ironed on jersey sleeves, backs or fronts. The only problem you might experience is if you have a textured fabric that the glue can't adhere to.  In those cases or if you donít want them to be permanent, you can put a few stitches in each one or use fabric glue to hold it on.

 

A Great Tip:  To prevent burning of the polyester or patches, and to get better adhesion:

First, position the patch in the desired location.  Then turn the material inside out and iron through the material against the underside of the patch. This allows you to see areas where the glue was not fully contacting with the material, get better heating and overall a better application.  The patches should stay on much better. Also washing on delicate cycle, hand washing and lying flat, or hanging on a clothes line to dry helps.

To put patches on ball caps and similar items: You will need to use glue such as ďCraft GoopĒ, which can be purchased at Home Depot, and many stores; you will need to let the glue dry for as long as recommended (24 hours for Goop).  Super Glue does NOT work well. NOTE that they may not stick to all items, and the glue you use will determine how well they stick and stay.

Some leagues who re-use the jerseys from year to year do not want patches ironed or glued on, and some leagues prohibit any type of emblem on the uniforms.  If you are unsure of whether your league allows patches to be ironed on uniforms, check your league rules and be creative.

Alternatives to ironing patches on uniforms:  Teams in leagues that donít allow patches on uniforms still use these patches to motivate their players.

Here are some ideas for where to put patches

  1. on a practice T-Shirt (a shirt that can be worn to practice and casually)
  2. on a key-ring
  3. on a bandanna
  4. on soccer bags
  5. on a ball cap, as described above 

How Soccer Patch patches can be used to motivate players:  Think about what you want to achieve, and use the patches to motivate your players to achieve your objectives. Colours can be used to signify different achievements, such as practice or game attendance, hustle, assists, defense or improvement. For example: You might give a different coloured patch for each 4 practices attended, and a Gold Star patch at the end of the season for perfect attendance of practices and games.

The Soccer Patch
Winnipeg, Manitoba
www.thesoccerpatch.com

 * The Soccer Patch holds no responsibility for damages to patches or personal goods in their application. *