Designing a Great Patch

Our recommendations for designing a great patch including choosing a patch backing and finding the correct size to fit your garment!

Patch backings

What to choose?

Our recommendations:
  • Sew-on Backing is the lowest cost option. An Overlock Edge Border (aka Merrow Border) can provide a useful guide for sewing to the garment.
  • Iron-On backing provides more options because it can be sewn-on or ironed-on. Best if you are not sure yet or need both options.
  • A Hot Needle Cut border with Iron-On backing creates an integrated, low profile appearance. It can look similar to direct embroidery.
  • Sticky Back is a pressure-sensitive adhesive. Perfect for quick applications! A residue however can be left behind after removal. This is manageable but be careful to take the steps needed to get a satisfactory result.
  • VELCRO® Brand is tough, removable and interchangeable. The patch usually has the “hook” side. The garment has the “loop” side.

Picking the correct size

What’s going to work best?

Our recommendations:
  • Uniforms: chest patches should be 3 to 5 inches wide. Sleeve patches: 3 to 4 inches wide.
  • Scouts: 3 inches is a common size.
  • Sports Uniforms: 3 inches is common.
  • Clubs: 3 to 3.5 inches common.
  • Souvenir patches for children: 2 to 2.5 inches wide.
  • Corporate, School & Association apparel (logos for polos, button-downs & jackets): 1.5 to 2.5 inches wide.
  • Motorcycle & sports car clubs: Chest patches: 3 to 5 inches wide. Back patches: 8 to 10 inches wide.
  • Patches for travel bags, soft cases, and backpacks: 2.5 to 4 inches wide.
  • Patches for Hats: Max 2.5 inches tall.
Get a Quote! Measure twice and cut once is always good advice.

Measurements and Proportionator

How to measure a graphic design and convert it to a patch size

What steps should I take?
  • Draw or print your graphic. Or, you can adjust the size on your computer screen to fit a ruler.
  • Accurately measure the original width and height to within 1/16th of an inch.
  • Please check this conversion table if you need help converting fractions of an inch to a decimal point.
  • Write down your original dimensions.
  • Enter your original dims and then the new patch width (or height) into an online proportion wheel.
  • Your other patch dimension will automatically populate.
  • Write down your new patch dimensions or take a screen capture for later.

Please visit our Patch Gallery!

Looking for inspiration? We invite you to visit our Custom Patch Photo Gallery and to visit our YouTube channel.

More about Designing a Great Patch

Please make sure to visit our companion page Design Tips from A-B Emblem and Parts of a Patch to learn more about designing the perfect patch.