Updated Apr 27, 2023
Who wants to wear the same pair of jeans as everyone else? Clothing straight from the store can be drab and boring. That’s why we like to spice up our clothing with patches! Adding patches to your clothes can give them a little pop of colour and personality that stands out amongst a crowd.
Patches are a form of self-expression, allowing you to announce your personality to the world or display solidarity with a particular group. Battle jackets are worn by Heavy Metal fans and are customized with patches from their favourite bands, symbols that represent their individual and collective identity, and they help others remember the wearer - which is especially important in large crowds. Yet, battle jackets aren’t the only piece of clothing decorated with patches! You can put patches on everything, from jeans to coats to bags!
Patches can also be a great way to indicate pronouns and identity within the 2SLGBTQIA+ community. Unlike pins, patches aren’t at risk of becoming detached and falling off during usage. You can wear your identity on your sleeve without worrying about accidentally detaching it and losing your pin. Pronoun patches in obvious places can let others know your pronouns. Indicating your sexuality and gender with patches can also be a great way to meet new people who recognize your flags! This is why we carry a variety of Pride and Pronoun patches.
Patches are also a fun way of expressing one's interests and personality. Clothing today is extremely mainstream; customizing our clothes can give us a sense of individuality. Using patches, we can customize our favourite pieces of clothing into something unique that expresses who we are inside. We can have whole conversations through our clothing without speaking a word! Patches can also spark a conversation about their importance, allowing you to get to know each other better.
You can also customize your clothing with patches from Guides or Scouts. Add your group's owl or animal to remember all the fun you had growing up. Perhaps you even have leftover achievements that you never added to your sash - add those too! This is your clothing; only you can set the rules on what you can and cannot add.
When adding patches to your clothing, thread colour is critical. You can try to match the thread colour to the border of the patch, or you can choose an entirely different colour. It all depends on whether you want your patches to look intentionally rugged. Matching thread colours to the border can make the patch appear more professional, allowing you to hide any mistakes you make while sewing it to your clothes.
Another important factor while sewing patches to your clothes is if the patch is iron-on. If it is, try E-Patches and Crests Tips For Ironing on Patches.
How you choose to customize your clothing with patches is up to you. This is a form of self-expression - so run wild! Choose whatever thread colour you fancy, add as many or as few patches, and don’t be afraid to add more patches later. Include as much or as little about yourself as you want. It is up to you.
Shop online at E-Patches & Crests to get started!