Patch Backing For Custom Patches


Have you ever been confused about patch backing when customizing patches?

This article is here to help you understand the appearance and usage of the most common PVC or embroidery backing types.

We’ll explore each one, making it easier for you to choose the right patch backing during the customization process.

Let’s dive in:

Embroidery Patch Backing Type-patch backing

1. Sew On Backing( No Backing)

sew on embroidered patches
  • Appearance: No Backing ( Sew On Backing) is the most common patch backing. For custom embroidery patches, the no backing type will show as twill fabric with thread at the backside of the patch. Therefore, the embroidery patches without backing will be a little bit uneven, which is good as sew on patches.
  • Application: Sewing an embroidered patch onto fabric is a simple process. First, choose the patch placement. Then, use a fine needle to secure the patch by stitching through the fabric and its bottom. Stitch along the edges for even stitches. Finally, pull the needle out, tie a knot at the bottom, ensuring a secure attachment.

2. Hot Press( Iron On) Backing

iron on patch backing

Iron-on backing is a popular choice for custom patches because it offers a convenient way to securely attach patches to the fabric.

  • Appearance: Cause there is an iron on backing on the surface of the patch backside, the iron on patch backing is flat, smooth, and shiny.
  • Application: The iron on patch attachment is very easy. First, position the patch. Then, press the iron on patches with a hot iron at 150-200 degrees Celsius for about 10 seconds. The iron on patch glue melts, creating a secure connection. Finally, let it cool, and your patch is securely attached.

3. Adhesive( Peel And Stick) Backing

The adhesive backing makes the custom patch a sticker. An adhesive backing is a non-permanent option when applied to fabric or clothing, so it will be normally used in a one-time event.

  • Appearance: A patch with adhesive backing presents itself as a paper with an attached surface on the back. Peel off the paper to reveal the sticky interior underneath.
  • Application: Place the peel and stick patch on the fabric or clothing, press gently, and the adhesive back will securely stick. When you need to reposition or remove it, simply peel it off without leaving any residue. This makes patches with double-sided adhesive a convenient and flexible choice.

4. Velcro Backing ( Hook And Loop Backing)

hook and loop patch backing

Hook and loop patches are most commonly used in places where frequent repositioning is needed, like in military or outdoor clubs. Their advantage lies in the convenience of easy attachment with a gentle press, and they can be reused multiple times, providing flexibility and convenience.

  • Appearance: The appearance of Velcro backing consists of two parts: one is a soft, fuzzy surface, and the other is a strip with small hooks. They adhere to each other, forming a strong connection. 
  • Application: First, choose the patch placement. Then sew the fuzzy loop side of the velcro patch onto the fabric using a sewing machine or hand-stitching. Press the patch with the hook side onto the loop, and the hooks and loops will quickly stick, forming a reliable connection. When needed, easily separate the two sides for removal or repositioning. This simple and effective process ensures the patch securely sticks to the fabric, making it convenient to use.

5. Plastic Backing

plastic backing
  • Appearance: Plastic backing is a thin layer of plastic film added to regular no backing. It makes the patch back smoother, giving it a matte appearance.
  • Application: The attaching way of a patch with plastic backing is the same as the no backing. Stitching around the edge of the embroidered patch then it’s done.

6. Magnetic Backing

magnetic patches for clothes
  • Appearance: The patch with magnetic backing is similar to a regular patch, but it has a uniform and soft magnetic layer on the back. This enables the patch to effortlessly attach to magnetic surfaces without the need for sewing or other securing methods.
  • Application: Using a patch with magnetic backing is easy – align the magnetic side with the desired surface, press gently to secure, and it’s ready to use. No sewing or extra steps are required. When you want to remove it, simply separate the patch effortlessly.

7. Pin Backing

pin backing
  • Appearance: A patch with a pin backing typically features a small pin attached to the back, allowing the patch to be easily secured to fabric or other materials. The appearance of a patch with pin backing is similar to a regular patch, but it has a small pin on the back, facilitating attachment to clothing, bags, and other items.
  • Application: Using a patch with a pin backing is easy. Just insert the pin into the fabric or material where you want it. This keeps the patch firmly attached without needing any extra tools. When you want to move it, simply take out the pin. It’s great for patches that you might want to change or put on different things.

8. Security Backing

security backing
  • Appearance: Security backing is a thin plastic layer with your company name or any preferred information printed on it.
  • Application: The security backing will be there as a reminder if your client forgets your brand; it can also be a good way for marketing. Of course, it’s only effective before the patch is attached to the fabric.

9. Button Loop Backing

button loop backing
  • Appearance: The patch with button loop backing will show like this: a thread loop is stitched on the back of the patch, creating a ring for a button to pass through. This kind of backing is usually used in scout activities for easy attachment or removal of the patch through a button.
  • Application: Choose a suitable button and pass it through the button loop on the patch. The button loop securely holds the button in place, ensuring the patch is attached safely and securely to the desired location. When you need to change the patch or remove it, simply unbutton it effortlessly. 


In this article, we covered the looks and uses of 9 types of patch backings. We hope this helps when you’re customizing your patches.

If you have more questions or need assistance, feel free to comment below. Happy patch customization!

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