Which Material is best for Patch Backing?

Written by Robin Brown on July 1, 2021
Every patch requires backing for integrity. It’s especially true for custom patches because you may change the size and the design which will require a custom backing as well. 

In this post, we’re going to dive deep into the options regarding the backing of your custom patches. 

What is a Backing?

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Before we start exploring different materials for backing and your options, you must know what a backing exactly is. 
Before a patch design even starts, the backing is required. It works as the base for the machines to work on your patches. Also, it’s an important determinant of the longevity of the patches. It’s the backing that holds everything together to help your patch last for years after years. 

Here are some things you need to consider before you go out and select the ideal backing. 

Material: The material you choose for your backing has the largest impact on the overall result. You need to select a material that adheres well with your patch material. 

Longevity: It’s more or less related to our previous option. The harder and stronger material you choose, the longer you can expect your patch to last. 

Flexibility: If you’re going to add the patches to a fabric, the backing should be flexible. Otherwise, you run the risk of detaching it while washing or during harsh conditions.

Ease of Use: It’s more of a headache for the vendor you choose. The backing should be easy to apply on the machines. 

Different Backing Materials 

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Coming to the most important section of our post, we’ve got the backing materials. Different materials work well with different patch materials. You need to create the perfect combination so that you get a beautiful and durable custom patch. 

Cotton Patch Custom Backing

When it’s come to cotton, versatility is your best friend. It works well with almost all types of backing materials including Iron-on, sew-on, adhesive, and Velcro. 

If you ask for our advice, we would recommend you to use either iron-on or sew-on backings for your patches. The reason for us to select these two is that they last the longest. If you’re making a custom patch for limited use, you may select adhesives. 

Backing for Nylon, Polyester, and Spandex

These synthetic fabrics have become a great choice for people who are looking for durable patch materials. However, they’re a little more delicate to work on when compared to cotton. So, the best backing material for polyester, spandex, or nylon would be anything other than an iron-on backing. 

You can conveniently use sew-on, Velcro, or adhesives for these materials. 

Bets Backing for Denim

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Denim is one of the strongest and most durable materials for patches. Another great advantage of using denim is that you can use any backing you want with it. For the longest use, we recommend sticking to either iron-on or sew-on backing. 

Backing for Leather and Vinyl

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When it comes to sensitive materials like vinyl or leather, you must select the right backing. You cannot use an iron-on backing for vinyl patches because it will ruin the design only after a few days. 

So, sticking to sew-on or Velcro backing is your best option. 

Backing for Sweatpants

Sweatpants are designed to be roughly used. So, you can use any of the backing methods you see fit. You need to consider the longevity of the sweatpants, the flexibility you want, and the styling factor. 

As sweatpants are often used for work-outs, it’s ideal to stay away from iron-on backings because they may injure the user in the long run. 

Final Words 

Just like the patch material, the backing material is very important for your custom patches. If you’re still not sure which one to use, you can contact our experts here at Vivipins to get guidance. 
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Article written by Robin Brown
Robin Brown is part of the content team at Vivipins where he develops resources to help customers start and grow their own businesses.
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