Useful examples for your design work
Examples and help with designing your patches
Products and techniques
The eight sample patches shown below illustrate the production techniques used in embroidery. They are yours to combine as you’d like.
Digital printing + laser cutting
Digital printing produces a result as accurate as printed paper. It therefore allows details such as color fading, which is impossible using embroidery alone.
You can freely add embroidery to a digitally printed label.
Laser cutting can manage even the most intricate shapes.
Felt is an excellent base material. You can select from an extensive range of colors.
You can also choose between a soft and a coarse texture.
3D embroidery provides the label with a three-dimensional expression.
Reflective fabric + hemming
Reflective fabric is a fun choice for base material. It is especially well-suited for outdoor apparel.
A hemmed edge adds value to the label. With hemming, the stitching overlaps the edge, making it thick and soft.
Fabric + chrystals etc.
This sample patch uses ordinary cloth as the base material. Embroidery on a fabric base is a popular alternative; it is both inexpensive and durable.
Our sample patch has embroidery in two colors. Crystals add a nice, personal touch to the patch. In addition to crystals and flowers, you can select from an extensive range of stars, balls, hearts, etc. in different sizes and colors.
Embroidery + UV tread
As the name suggests, a 100%-embroidered patch is totally covered by embroidery, i.e., no base material is visible.
Our thread palette has hundreds of different shades, including 20 alternatives for UV thread. UV thread is not that different from ordinary thread in natural light, but it is fluorescent in ultraviolet lighting, making it an excellent choice for party patches.
Artificial leather + metal wire
Artificial leather was used as the base material for this sample patch. You can select from dozens of shades and choose between a soft and a slightly coarser texture.
Ordinary embroidery thread can be replaced with metal wire. The metal thread shades are not limited to the most popular shades of gold and silver; instead, you can select from different shades of red, blue and green, for example.
Applique + chenille
The applique technique combines pieces of base material and embroidery. It is a practical and inexpensive alternative particularly for large-size patches.
Fluffy chenille can be used as base material or placed on selected parts of the patch. Our sample patch has chenille appliqued on a felt fabric base. Finally, the text has been embroidered using black thread.
Useful hints for your design work
The size can be between 1” by 1” and 12” by 12”.
We recommend a height of about 3/16 “for the embroidered text to ensure it is clearly legible.
The patch can be of any shape.
The most popular edge finish is an edge embroidery with an approximate width of 1/16”, but a hemmed edge embroidery is also available.
The backside (reverse side) of the patches always has a thin gauze. This covers the threads on the backside, giving the label a carefully finished appearance.
The following alternatives are available for the backside: adhesive back (iron-on-label), Velcro® back, self-adhesive patch, safety pin, clip, etc.