How to Iron On a Patch

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You may think that once an item of clothing has gotten a hole in it, you have to throw out the clothing or pay someone to repair it. Iron-on patches are a great solution to this problem, especially when it comes to children's clothing. Iron-on patches are simple to apply and are a quick fix to holes in your clothing.

Step 1

Plug in your iron and set it to medium heat, between 250 and 300 degrees. Allow the iron to heat up.

Step 2

Iron the area that you will be patching for about 8 seconds. Place the patch over the hole.

Step 3

Place the iron on top of the patch and press down. Do not use any motion, just press down. Hold the iron in place for about 8 to 10 seconds. Lift the iron off the patch, and set it down on the end of your ironing board. Allow the patch to cool for a minute before touching it.

Step 4

Pull lightly at the edges of the patch to see if it peels up. If it does not, your patching job is done. If it does peel up, iron the patch for another 8 to 10 seconds.


  • Be sure to read the directions on your patch. Depending on the adhesive used on the patch, you may need to place a towel over the patch before ironing, or use a higher heat setting on your iron.

    If you are patching an item that will be treated roughly or laundered regularly, such as a backpack or work pants, you may want to sew the edges of the patch onto the clothing after ironing on the patch.


  • Do not use an iron-on patch on any man-made fabrics, such as polyester, vinyl or pleather. The heat from the iron will melt the fabric.

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