Last Updated on February 15, 2024 by Nasir Hanif
Are you looking to add patches to some of the unloved things in your closet? Or maybe you just found the perfect jean jacket that needs a little bit of your personality sewn onto it.
Patches are one of the best ways to show off who you are and what you are a part of. But, how do you know what size you need? Could patch size be something you got hung up on at check out and you’re looking for advice?
Well, you’ve come to the right place! Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about patch size.
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One of the first things that will determine the size of the patch you need is text clarity. If you plan to have even a few words on your patch, they need to be readable. The bigger the patch the more legible your words will be.
Some patch makers do a great job making small patches that show great detail and readable text. Be sure that whatever size you choose, you check that you are not wasting money on unreadable text.
However, if the text is not a concern or you don’t plan on using text, a smaller patch will be just as good as a larger one. Smaller patches have the advantage of simplicity and won’t look messy.
If you plan to have colors that make a blending effect, a larger patch will be able to show this detail better than a small patch.
Think of a painting. When you try to blend in a tiny area it is difficult to achieve obvious depth. But when you do the same in a larger area, the blending of two colors is much more apparent.
It is the same with embroidery. A large embroidered patch will have more vivid and apparent blending. It will also have clearer and sharper lines.
Sizes of Well Known Patches
Many clubs, organizations, and companies use patches to identify themselves. Some use large patches on the backs of their jackets, while others use small patches on their sleeves.
Girl scouts and boy scouts normally use size 3 patches for their identification and 1×1 3/4 patches for their badges.
Fire crews, policemen, and security guards tend to use patches size 4 or 5 on their shirts and uniforms.
The military most frequently uses patches that are 4 inches in width and 1 inch in height.
Bikers or Motorcyclists use a variety of patch sizes all over their jackets and other gear. The most common size for their back patch is 12.
You can use these as references for your patch size.
The Ideal Patch Size
There is no ideal patch size. The patch size you need depends on what is embroidered and what you will be putting your patch onto.
Keep in mind how you will be applying it. A safety pin might only work for smaller patches. Larger patches will need to be applied with an iron-on backing, PVC backing, or a hook and loop backing.
In terms of clarity and clean lines, bigger is better. But putting a large patch onto something small like a bag or a shirt may look strange. Small patches can add good, understated detail to garments where big patches cannot.
It’s up to you to decide what size will look nice on what you are attaching it to and still show your design. If you are having trouble figuring out what size is best you can learn more about what patch size may be right for you.
Find Your Perfect Patch
Embroidery patch size is a decision you should make after you have done your research. Big or small your patch will look great if you make a mindful choice about where you will be placing it and what it will look like.
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