How to Iron on Patches to Your Tactical Gears

Let me tell you something you always wanted. You want your tactical gears to be customized with your favorite patches, right? Whether you look forward to being identified as that ultra-cool marksman or to adding a pinch of uniqueness to your tactical gears, custom patches can get the job done for you!

Though most people like to have a pinch of uniqueness on their tactical gears/rifles, getting it done isn't as easy as it sounds to be. Most of the time, you are left with no options but to depend on patches to get the job done. 

But what dispirited most rifle enthusiasts are the holes, the inevitable guest that drills your garments be it jeans, backpacks, or the worst-case their beloved tactical gear.

Don’t worry for we have you covered. This article will discuss in detail how to iron on patches to your tactical gears. Before we proceed further, there are some things you ought to know about patches. Let’s begin with the different types of patches that are available.

What are the different types of patches available?

 Patches are generally categorized based on the way they are made. Each of them has a unique construction technique

To keep things simple, there are five main types of patches available in the market.

  1. Fully embroidered badge
  2. Woven patch
  3. Printed Patch
  4. Chenille badge
  5. Over locked-edge badge

Because each of these is made from different manufacturing techniques, the way they are applied changes. To get the most out of each patch, you should use the recommended application method. Also, depending on the application method you choose, the end look can vary greatly.

So how do I know which is the right application method for my tactical gear?

Keep reading!

How to know the most appropriate method to attach patches?

The first thing to keep in mind is that not every badge can make the right fit for your gear. It varies with the type of fabric you use. The key to finding the most appropriate method to attach is to know the patch you are going to use in-depth.

This section will discuss in detail the various options you have to attach patches to your tactical gears!

  1. Sewing the patches

If you choose to sew the patches, you can do it either by hand sewing or by using a machine that demands a basic knowledge of sewing from your side. Being a traditional method, it might take time but know that it is proven to be the strongest and the most durable technique.

Embroidered and overlocked badges are usually attached using this method.

  1. Heat Seal Backing

Another method of patching is heat seal backing. Be it emojis, slogans, or some random figures they are almost everywhere you see. The back of the patch is applied with a sealant that is prone to heat. It not only glues the patch to the garment on heating but also holds the patch in shape.

They are considered a neat and efficient way of attaching patches. You don’t have to have any knowledge about sewing or sewing lines. It is just child’s play. But the main disadvantage is the strength of the bond. Hot seal backing generally creates a weaker bond and hence exposure to harsh environments could spoil the patch.

If you are someone who takes your rifles out to range frequently, we won’t recommend you to use a Heat Seal Backing. Instead, you can use a combination of hot seal and sewing.

  1. Combination of hot seal and sewing

Here, hot seal backing is done to provide a temporary bonding and it is then strengthened by stitching. It not only contributes to the strength but also makes the stitching job a lot easier as you would be able to hold the lines easier. The advantages of both techniques add up here.

  1. Gluing

Gluing is another method used to attach patches, but only for temporary purposes. Tactical patches when glued cannot last longer, subject to the situations they are tested.

  1. Embroidery Sewing

For industrial or large-scale applications embroidery sewing is the most preferred one. It is usually used in sports and your performance wear and it demands a lot more initial investment.

Embroidered patches are made with fabric backing and thread. Before rapid industrialization, it was done with hands and was a tiresome task. They were quite expensive too. They are affixed by many means such as we have already discussed.

Once a labor-intensive task of embroidery, now it’s all factory-made. The cost of patching is considerably reduced and is now automated and machine-driven.

If you find these five methods to attach patches tedious, we recommend you purchase iron-on tactical patches for your tactical gears. They are the most durable and the most preferred among enthusiasts.

Iron on Tactical Patches

What makes the tactical patches so outstanding is the rich legacy they share from the ancestries. They bear the valor & pride and has hence become a universal part of tactical gears all across the world.

Ever wondered what has made them so special? It adds a sense of personality to your gears. Custom made patches attract attention and who doesn’t want that?

Today, there are different kinds of iron-on patches available in the market. Among which the highly sought-after ones are the Plastic polyvinyl chloride patches made from soft rubber mold with the help of aluminum moldings. They are very durable and as they are molded.

How to iron on patches?

 This is probably the easiest method to attach patches to your tactical gears. All you need is a piece of cloth, iron & and an ironing table.

  • Set the iron to maximum temperature and heat the surface where you intend to attach the patch.
  • Place the patch over the heated surface and then put a piece of cloth over it. Iron the cloth thoroughly until the patch is evenly attached.


 Those who understand the importance of using patches and the history associated with it can only sell them to you with passion and dedication.

Mysoutherntactical is popular among that creed. If you consider owning a custom-made patch to your tactical gear, please visit us here and find it out yourself.