Our patches come with a heat-activated adhesive (glue) on the back. They can be applied with a full sized iron, a craft, or "mini" iron, or they can be sewn onto the garment. Patches with twill backings are much easier to sew onto a project than the die-cut/cut-outs that we have.

The following is intended as a guide only, and therefore we must say that we can not and will not be held responsible for any damage to your patch or your project as a result of the below.

REINFORCING THE ADHESIVE

If you want to reinforce the adhesive on the back of the patch before application, you can use a couple of types of reinforcement adhesives, like HEATnBond or Liqui-Fuse, both of which also require heat activation/ironing; both of these options add a couple of extra steps to the application process, and both are permanent options (though Liqui-Fuse is offers a more stable result).

(Editor: HEATnBOND sheets/rolls come in two strengths: UltraHold and Lite. Lite is designed for finer, more delicate materials, and I personally have been using UltraHold to reinforce my patches if I'm not sewing them on, because I do not normally work with delicate fabrics.)


IRONING ON THE PATCH

PLEASE NOTE:  Special instructions are required for the patches embroidered with UV-sensitive (color changing) and glow-in-the-dark threads!

Here are the "official" directions for applying the patches:

  1. Heat iron to cotton setting; less for nylon/delicates.
  2. The surface of fabric should be clean and lint-free before application.
  3. Preheat the fabric at the application spot for 10 - 20 seconds.
  4. Place patch down on garment with the embroidery facing up. Cover with a fine cloth and press firmly for 10 - 20 seconds. Do not apply hot iron directly to embroidered area.
  5. Turn garment inside out and iron back side of patch for 20 seconds, or longer if needed.
  6. Let cool for one minute. If edges come up, repeat step 5.


(Editor: In my experience, I've had to iron for longer (step 5) on the back side/through the fabric of the item.)

One should use proper judgement when utilizing the heat-activation application option. Delicate fabrics (silks, polyesters) aren't suitable for straight-on ironing. Excercise caution so that you don't burn/melt the costume or accessory that you worked on!

Burning/melting shouldn't be too big a problem when applying house patches to traditional "canon" Wizarding Robes and Cloaks, since they are made with fabrics like wool or cotton twill. Fancy robes made from the creativity of the Wizarding Cosplaying World are often made of delicate fabrics or semi-stretch material, and that is where you have to be careful.

When working with a stretch fabric, it is best that you
  • do not stretch the fabric before placing the patch for ironing or
  • sew on the patch (but if that is not an option, then a precision hand iron/mini iron would probably work better to apply the patch).


FOR COLOR-CHANGING AND GLOW-IN-THE-DARK PATCHES:  When in doubt, SEW them on! There's enough room around the edges of our designs to be able to sew directly on the inside edge of the outer edging.

If you're intent on ironing these special patches onto your item, iron with a swatch of cotton fabric on top of the entire patch to prevent any heat from getting to the thread or it will melt; it is preferable that you iron through the item rather through the patch (ex., normal ironing on would be to put the patch onto the garment/accesory, place a piece of cotton over the patch, then iron; in this instance it would be to place the patch face down, place the garment/accesory on top of the patch, then iron through the garment). DO NOT place the iron directly on the design.


POST-APPLICATION CARE & WASHING INSTRUCTIONS

Dry cleaning your patch-adorned garment/project is recommended, but if you choose to machine wash it, turn the garment inside-outbefore washing on warm/delicate cycle. Tumble dry low.

NOTE: With repeated washings and depending on the handling, ironed-on patches may still peel off. In those cases, you might want to try using an adhesive reinforcement (see above about Heat N' Bond and Liqui-Fuse), or (if possible) sew the patch on for a more permanent result.

FOR COLOR-CHANGING AND GLOW-IN-THE-DARK PATCHES:  Wash with cool water, no bleach, hang to dry, otherwise the functionality of the patch will be severely diminished/eradicated.


BUT WHAT IF YOU IRONED ON THE PATCH INCORRECTLY AND NOW WANT TO REMOVE IT?

You can try to "iron-off" the patch. Cover the patch with a swatch of cotton fabric and iron again; it might heat the glue hot enough, allowing you to gradually remove the patch (emphasis on the "gradually" part!). Start at the top and work your way down; repeat this process and keep peeling down the edges. Make sure that you slide a piece of cardboard between the peeled off patch and your material (so that it won't get iron on again, and do not iron against the part of the patch that has already peeled off). You can also try to doing it from the backside, by peeling back the fabric of your project from the patch once the glue has heated up again. Either way you do it, it's a painstaking process and isn't recommended (so be sure that your patch ends up where you really wanted it the first time). If your material is a poly-blend, you'll have to watch the heatsetting...it could melt the fabric!

Once the patch is off, residual adhesive might be left on the material. You might try a solvent like Goo Gone. Be sure you check your fabric for colorfastness first though, by trying it on a swatch of extra fabric first. You can also try to "iron-off" the adhesive: Cover the glue with a swatch of cotton fabric and iron again; the adhesive might transfer to the cotton. Again, if your fabric is a poly blend, you'll have to watch the heat setting very carefully.