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The CUSTOM PATCH DEPARTMENT is closed from Wednesday, August 24 reopening Tuesday, August 30. Any quote requests will be answered at that time. Thank you.
Over July and August, we are working part time and shipping orders three times a week. If you have an urgent in-stock order that you need quickly, please call us at 877-335-8904 and we'll do everything we can to accommodate your request. Enjoy your summer!
E-Patches & Crests has been producing custom patches and crests for over 10 years now and we are proud to say that our customers are located all around the world! We've created patches for Boy Scouts, Girl Guides, Martial Arts, Fire Departments, Police Departments, businesses, and all kinds of events. Whether you need a specific design for your camp, club, or for any other reason you can count on us to create a patch for it. Just follow the simple three step process below to learn how to make your own custom embroidered patch.
Sketch or describe your basic design. Have an idea but no sketch? Our graphic designer can help! Fill out our Quote form to get started.
We will email you a proof to ensure your complete satisfaction. Please review all information, particularly the size, spelling, and colours.
Once you approve the design we continue with a stitched sample. Your patches will be delivered 2 weeks after the sample is approved.
A patch is made up of twill, stitching and a border. We've provided an image below to help illustrate the difference between the three. The example patch shown has a merrow border as opposed to a laser cut border.
When placing your order please indicate the width of the patch you are looking to create. To determine the overall size of the patch, add the width and height together and divide the total by 2. For example: 4.5" wide x 1.5" high equals 6" and divided by two equals 3" for the overall size.
The amount of embroidery is also a consideration when creating a custom patch. Whether the crest is covered in only 50% thread, 75% or completely covered in 100% thread changes how much the patch will cost to produce. The amount of threads can be generally calculated on how much of the twill fabric background shows through when you look at the crest or the amount of fabric that is not covered by threads.
50% coverage with red twill background.
75% coverage with blue twill background.
100% covered in thread. No twill background.
The colour combinations you can make for your custom patch are nearly endless! The thread colour chart provided below shows the full spectrum of colours that we offer. Please note that each computer monitor displays colour a little differently. The colours you see on your screen may not be the exact colour that will be on your patch.
All custom order prices include up to 9 regular thread colours. Metallic, Glow In The Dark, and Neon thread colours are offered at an additional cost.
Twill makes a perfect background for stitching, but just incase twill isn't for you we also provide a couple of other fabric background choices such as velvet or a soft cloth (JP-178 to JP-184). Please note that each computer monitor displays colour a little differently. The colours you see on your screen may not be the exact colour that will be on your patch.
The backing is what's on the other size of the crest when you turn it over. We offer five different types you can choose from to make your custom patch perfect. The standard backing is plastic as it gives the crest stability, however alternative backings are available at an extra cost. Other backings we offer include iron on (heat seal), super heat seal (withstands a higher heat than standard iron on), velcro, adhesive, or you can choose no backing at all! No backing is where the threads show through and are not covered by any type of material.
Iron On/Super Heat Seal
Merrow borders are a thick stitch that is applied to the edge after embroidery and cutting which provides a finished trim and bulkier edge. It also makes it easier for hand sewing.
Laser Cut borders are produced without merrowed over-lock borders and therefore are less bulkier. They are typically cut to shape by hand or by using a hot-knife or laser cutter. They lend themselves to an iron on backing because of their 'flat' profile and easier to press with an iron.
Quite similar to embroidered patches, woven labels are softer and 'floppier' than regular patches. The main difference is the type of folds available. If you're looking to make a woven label please fill out our Yes I'd Love A Quote form and in the Comments box notify us that you want a woven label.