Custom patches were first mentioned in the history of China around 3rd century B.C. when seamstresses would fix their clothing by using different patches. Patches then were intricate materials with precious stones and pearls that were hand-made.
Prior to 18th century, only the elites were allowed to wear embroidered items. It was only when someone in the British Army had thought about using patches in military uniforms to distinguish soldiers. To further acknowledge the difference in ranks and honor high-rank officials, different designs were created for them. Later, American soldiers borrowed and applied the same idea.
However, because the embroidery machine was still not invented during that time, simple embroidery patterns were used in making patches. Customs patches used by military men were hand-made either by their wives, mothers or sisters. During the World War II, all armies around the world are using custom patches as shoulder sleeve insignia for identification.
Today, patches are more intricately woven and easier to make even with their more elaborate designs because of the available technology. Digital machines are now used for mass production and are offered with more options and even cheaper on the budget.
Through all those years, the use of patches had evolved and was used to commemorate events and special occasions as well as depicts themes, ideas, statements or lifestyles.
Custom patches became popular when they were used in various learning institutions, offices, corporations, association or small groups. They are popularly used as emblems of sports clubs and organizations, bikers, martial arts associations, soccer, football, volleyball, soccer teams, etc. Even local and international competitions are making use of the patches popularity that it became trendy and fashionable among the young people of today.
In spite of this, there are still some people who are reluctant to order customized patches because of their unfamiliarity with the ordering procedures including the terminology used and their attributes.
To guide you in ordering your custom patches, we’ve prepared these bits of info:
The cost of a custom patch is usually based on how long it will take to produce a piece of the patch, therefore, size and intricacies matters. If you are tight on your budget, then choose a smaller size with a design that is simple and quick to produce. However, don’t forget to consider its use. You can’t use a small patch when you’re going to attach it to a wide piece of clothing where it will just lose its meaning.
Embroidered Area Counts
The cost of patches also depends on how large is the area that is to be covered with stitches. The larger the barren areas without stitching, the cheaper is the patch while the patch that is fully covered with embroidered stitches and no background fabric left to show is considered as 100 percent embroidered.
This kind of making will give the patch a finer texture as the embroidered image isn’t raised off the twill. Patches of this kind will give you a higher value at a higher cost.
Usual Types of Patches
The usual type of custom patches that you may have encountered is the standard embroidered patch, but there are more to it like the Chenille patches. This type of patch is made of high-looped thread and is commonly used on varsity uniforms. The Chenille patch is less intricate than other types and often designed to look like shapes of countries and mascots though it can also resemble letters and numbers.
Woven patches are great for simple images and designs. When the detail is simple yet, too detailed to be replicated by embroidery, use the woven patches instead. It is fine in texture and does not raise. They are washable and not prone to fade.
Woven patches are often used for creating photographic images as they can be reproduced through printing. Printed patches are more easily reproduced and therefore cheaper than the standard embroidered patches.
Another type is the name patch commonly used in uniforms to identify professional or skilled workers.
Name patches are stitched on patch “blanks”. Blank name patches are offered in stock sizes (as big as a business card in limited standard stock color combinations. Nonetheless, custom blanks can be ordered in the right color and size that you may want them for an additional cost.