Accessorize Your Bag and Denim for Everyday Use

Accessories mean a lot more than they used to. With the modern types of accessories, there is a lot more freedom and leverage to customize outfits and other items. One of the trending accessorize is patches. Patches are the new big thing and they are so fun people can seem to get enough of them. You can use patches to customize your jean or Accessorize Your Bag. With denim and handbags, applying patches can be done easily at home if you know the steps. The steps are easy to follow.

Step 1: Decide on your strategy.

Before you start applying patches to either your denim pants, denim jackets or bags, you have to have a strategy of where each will go. You shouldn’t just start randomly placing them with no design plan. Even if you want them to be randomly placed around your item, map it out so there is a method to the chaos. There’s no right or wrong placement, as long as you’re doing something that feels true to you. Placing the patches is really where you can express your creativity and make your denim really personal. Take a photo and see what patches look best when compared side by side. Additionally, remember where your patches will lay will look different on the body than when the jeans are flat on a bed.

Step 2: Preheat the area you want to apply the patch on

It so much better when you preheat the area you want to apply the patch on. It’s recommended that you work towards preheating the area for 30 seconds, then place the patch exactly where you want it. When it’s exactly where you want it, lay a thin piece of fabric over the top like a t-shirt or handkerchief so you don’t accidentally burn the patch in case of overheating. Make sure you don’t use steam, but rather dry, hot heat, and that you are ironing on a hard surface, like an ironing board, not a couch or a bed.

Step 3: Iron with intention

While ironing, place the iron directly over the patch-and-T-shirt combo for about 90 seconds, moving continuously to get the entire patch evenly heated. Then, “turn the garment inside out and do the same thing—minus the tee—on the reverse side of the jeans where the patch was initially applied. Do this for another 45 to 60 seconds and then when you are done, let it cool for five minutes. Check all the edges to make sure they are sealed to the garment. If they are loose, lay the fabric back over the top of the jeans and iron for another minute. Make sure you do this properly as if its lose it might come off when you are wearing the item and you might lose you patch in the process. When ironing, iron-on embroidered patch setting instructions on your iron if you have an iron that has that setting. If you don’t then set your hand iron at the hottest temperature setting. Do not use a steam iron for this purpose.

Below are the steps summarized for a quick read:

Step 1: Get a solid surface for ironing

Step 2: Place your applique or embroidered patch in the desired position and place a pressing cloth (such as a handkerchief, sheet or pillowcase fabric) over top.

Step 3: Press the iron straight down for 35-45 seconds with as much constant pressure as possible.

Step 4: Turn the garment inside-out and repeat steps 2 & 3.

Step 5: Allow the applique or embroidered patch to cool down. Ironing an embroidered patch setting instructions using a

 

Heat Seal Machine:

Step 1: Set your heat seal machine to 350 degrees.

Step 2: Place your applique or embroidered patch in the desired position and place a pressing cloth (such as a handkerchief, sheet or pillowcase fabric) over top.

Step 3: Press the iron down for 20 seconds.

Step 4: Increase temperature to 375 degrees. Turn the garment inside-out and press for 15 more seconds.

Step 5: Allow the applique or embroidered patch to cool down.

 

Appliques with crystal or metal stud designs using an Iron:

Step 1: Set your hand iron to cotton.

Step 2: Remove plastic backing and place in the desired position.

Step 3: Place a pressing cloth (such as a handkerchief, sheet or pillowcase fabric) over top.

Step 4: Press the iron straight down for 45-50 seconds with as much constant pressure as possible.

Step 5: Turn the garment inside-out and repeat steps 3 & 4.

Step 6: Allow the applique to cool thoroughly before removing plastic.

 

Appliques with crystal or metal stud designs using a Heat Seal Machine:

Step 1: Set your heat seal machine to 350 degrees.

Step 2: Remove plastic backing and place in the desired position.

Step 3: Place a pressing cloth (such as a handkerchief, sheet or pillowcase fabric) over top.

Step 4: Press the iron straight down for 12 seconds.

Step 5: Turn the garment inside-out and repeat steps 3 & 4.

Step 6: Allow the applique to cool thoroughly before removing plastic.