How to Put Patches on Denim Jacket With 3 Effective Ways

Last Updated on 6 months by Susan Mayrich

Patches are excellent DIY decor ventures that can totally upgrade your favorite jackets, pants, shoes, and purse. Since there are many ways to attach a patch to a patch-less garment or accessory, I thought it’d be a good idea to create a helpful guide on how to put patches on denim jacket.

How to Put Patches on Denim Jacket

Adding patches to your clothes is pretty simple, but there are ways of going about it that will make it last longer and look better. Trust me, there’s nothing sadder than an overeager DIYer who went too hard into their project and failed horribly. So I’m here to tell you everything about patches.

Should I Put Patches on My Denim Jacket?

Denim jackets are perfect for adding personal touches like personalized embroidery or custom-made patches. The fabric is thick enough to hold the patch in place without it curling up at the edges, and the dark color makes patches more visible. 

The only thing to keep in mind is that denim can be thick, which means you may have to use a heavy-duty sewing machine, needle, and thread.

The best sewing machine for heavy-duty sewing projects includes

Where to Put Patches on Clothes (Denims & Jeans)

So you’ve got your new patch (or patches!) and now you’re wondering where to put patches on clothes. Patches are a great way to add some personality to your clothing or accessories, whether that be a leather jacket, denim vest, backpack, purse, or whatever else you want to make your own.

The placement of patches on clothing depends on the style of the garment and other factors. You can determine where to place a patch by examining the appearance of the fabric and by considering how you want the patch to be worn.

Sleeve patches are commonly placed on military jackets and bomber jackets, while denim jackets and vests often have patches on the back. When placing a patch, consider whether it is an emblem or a symbol.

Consider what type of clothing item you are planning to patch before determining where to place the patch. Certain items like jeans are commonly patched at specific locations such as near a pocket or the bottom of a pant leg.

How to Put Patches on Denim Jacket

There are many ways to apply patches, including sewing them on by hand or machineusing fabric adhesive, or using an iron to create a permanent bond. The method you choose will depend on your preferred result and the type of patch you’re using. Either way, you’ll want to make sure your jacket is clean and dry before you start.

Putting a Patch on a Jacket with an Iron

How to Put Patches on Denim Jacket

Things You’ll Need:

  • Patch
  • Patch
  • Iron
  • Ironing board

Getting started

  1. Turn your clothing item inside out and lay it on a flat surface. Place the patch in the desired position and turn the iron on to a high heat setting.
  2. Let the iron heat up for 1-2 minutes. When it is ready, place a clean, damp cloth over the patch and press down with the hot iron for 25-30 seconds, or until you see the glue start to melt through the cloth.
  3. Iron slowly and carefully, checking often to make sure that you are not burning anything. It may take a while to get everything right, so be patient with yourself.
  4. Remove your iron and lift off the cloth. Press firmly down on the patch again with your hand.
  5. Leave your patch to cool for 2-3 minutes while on its back before flipping it over to test whether it has stuck properly. If not, repeat steps 2-4.
  6. Once you are satisfied that your patch has been placed in the correct position and has stuck properly, leave it for a few hours or overnight to let the glue dry completely.

How to Sew a Patch on a Jacket with Sewing Machine

How to Put Patches on Denim Jacket

Sewing patches on a jacket is an easy process. The key to sewing patches onto clothing is to get it done right, so the patch doesn’t come loose. You can sew on patches without using a sewing machine, but a machine will make it easier.

Here are the steps to sew a patch on a jacket with the help of a sewing machine.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Patch
  • Fabric glue
  • Scissors
  • Thread

How to get started

  1. Decide where you want to place your patch. Place fabric glue on the back of the patch.
  2. You should also apply glue around the edges of the patch. Allow this to dry completely before proceeding.
  3. Now turn on your sewing machine and start sewing over the edges of your patch.
  4. Stitch around the edges of the patch using a zigzag stitch or straight stitch setting on your sewing machine. Adjust the stitch length to make it as short as possible, as well as the tension.
  5. Then, run two additional rows of stitching around the patch so that it is secure.
  6. Once you have finished sewing on your patch, you can wash it in cold water and then wear it proudly.

How to Sew Patches on Denim Jeans by Hand

How to Put Patches on Denim Jacket

Whether you’re adding a patch to cover a hole or just making a fashion statement, sewing patches on jeans by hand is not that hard. 

Things You’ll Need:

  • Patch
  • Thread
  • Needle
  • Thread

Here’s how to get started:

  1. Lay your jeans out flat, turn them inside out and decide where you want to put the patch/patches.
  2. Using a straight pin (or two) pin the patch/patches in place. If you are sewing more than one patch, make sure to space them evenly from each other and from the bottom of the pants.
  3. Thread a needle with heavy-duty thread that matches one of the colors in your jeans, such as blue or black.
  4. Knot one end of the thread and use a whip stitch to sew around each side of the patch where it meets the denim.
  5. Sew the patches in place by hand using a small stitch about 1/8″ long. Make sure to double knot your thread at the beginning and end of each patch.

Is It Better to Sew or Iron on a Patch?

Sewing is better than ironing in terms of durability, but it takes much longer than using an iron. Ironing does not always give you as good results as sewing does. 

It is also not as permanent a solution and can come off after a few washes. However, if you are looking for a quick fix that you might not need to use for very long, then the best choice would be to use an iron.

It just depends on what you need from your patch. If you want it to last for a long time, then sewing is the best way to go about it. If you want something quick and easy, then iron will do the job for you.

FAQS About Putting Patches on Denim Jackets

What is the best stitch to sew on a patch?

I personally would use a straight stitch, because it’s the easiest one I’m most comfortable with. Also, it’s the easiest and the quickest way to sew the patch on. 

A straight stitch is also the least visible.

Do iron-on patches work on denim?

Yes, you can use iron-on patches on denim. It is important to consider the type of fabric used for making the patch before applying it. You will need a polyester patch if you have a cotton denim fabric and a nylon patch for polyester denim.

Final Words

Putting patches on a leather jean jacket can be pretty simple once you get the required hang of it. For instance, if you are planning to use the patches for decoration purposes, then you will surely be able to master the art of putting them on with little to no problems. To get great-looking results all you have got to do is take your time and follow a methodical approach towards putting on those patches.


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