7 Types of Patches You Should Know About

7 types of patches

It doesn’t matter if your business is small, medium, large, you can spread the word about your brand through patches. When you create something unique and eye-catching with custom patches, you’ll be able to draw attention to your brand to peak interest. 

Patches have been used by many of the world’s most famous brands and for a long time. Think Pepsi, NASCAR, John Deere, or Microsoft to get the idea. When your custom patches are seen on shirts, hats, jackets, backpacks, etc, your brand is seen wherever the wearers/users happen to go. That’s a great advertising and it’s advertising that works.

There are many types of patches to choose from. Below are 7 of the most popular patches you should know about. 

1. Embroidery Patches 

If your logo or design is colorful and highly contrasted, embroidery patches are a great way to go. Of all the many patches on the market today, embroidery patches are the most popular type. An embroidery patch which is sometimes called a cloth badge is a piece of embroidery that’s created by using fabric backing and lots of threads. 

There’s no better way to make your brand shine and look professional & established than with embroidery patches. You can have these patches made to showcase your logo, company name, or any design you’d like. Embroidery patches have gone from functional to fashionable over the past few years. Today, they’re seen virtually everywhere and they come in all kinds of styles, shapes, sizes, and designs. 

2. Leather Patches 

Leather patches have a premium look and feel with a high-quality finish. These patches come in debossed or embossed varieties, and they really stand out. 

Embossed leather patches feature raised designs while debossed leather patches feature recessed designs that are sunken into the surface of the patches. Both embossed and debossed patches are made of high-quality leather that only gets better looking with age.

Leather patches are available in just about any shape you can imagine including square cuts, diamonds, rectangular designs, and hexagons. Leather patches are nice-looking, elegant, and can make your logo, company name, or byline really stand out. 

Leather patches can be put on jackets, luggage, shirts, vests, hats, backpacks, and more. 

3. PU Leather Patches 

PU leather patches are made using high-grade artificial leather. They have a soft, premium feel and can be embossed with your logo or design. Levi Strauss jeans have PU leather patches on the waistbands. If you own some Levis, you know that the patches look great, add sophistication to the jeans, and wear nicely over time. PU patches always get better looking the older they get. 

PU leather patches have an old school charm. They’re unique, eye-catching, and look great on all kinds of apparel, luggage, and bags. These patches, like their genuine leather counterparts, can be embossed or debossed. 

4. Chenille Patches 

If your logo or design isn’t too complex, chenille patches would be a good choice for promoting your brand. Chenille patches are made using two layers of material. The bottom layer is made of felt, giving the patches a soft texture. 

Chenille patches have a fluffy/fuzzy surface due to the two-layer construction. Chenille patches also go by the name of letterman patches. Why? Because they’re the type of patches that are worn on high school letterman jackets. You remember those jackets, right? They always looked great because of the big, bold, and colorful patches on the front.  

Chenille patches come in lots of shapes and sizes. These patches could be perfect for your brand, as long as your design isn’t overly complex. 

5. PVC Patches 

This type of patch strikes the perfect balance between durability and style. Made of long-lasting, soft plastic material, PVC patches are colorful, awesome-looking, and a great way to bring your logo, message, or design to life. 

PVC patches come in all kinds of shapes and sizes. When it comes to durability, PVC patches really shine. They don’t crack, fade, fray, or peel. This makes these patches ideal for outdoor applications. The PVC material these patches are made of is called polyvinyl chloride. It’s a type of plastic that feels like rubber and is valued for its durability. 

PVC patches are completely waterproof, easy to clean, flexible, and stylish. They come in an endless array of colors. These patches are often used on outdoor gear because they can withstand all kinds of weather including very hot temperatures.

6. Iron-On Patches 

Iron-on patches offer a hassle-free way to personalize clothing and accessories. These patches are fast and easy to put on using heat. Iron on patches is often used on uniforms, hats, bags, shirts, and jackets. 

Unlike embroidery patches that must be sewn on, Iron-on patches feature a layer of plastic backing with a thin layer of heat-activated glue/adhesive. You don’t need any sewing experience to put an iron-on patch onto something. You just use your clothes iron to quickly place the patch where you want it. Iron-on patches come in all types of shapes, sizes, and colors. 

7. Woven Patches 

Woven patches look similar to embroidery patches. But when you take a closer look, woven patches don’t have the same raised look as their embroidery counterparts. That’s because woven patches are made with thinner threads. This thinner thread makes it possible to achieve greater detail. 

If your design or logo is too complex for embroidery patches, it would probably be perfect for woven patches. The thinner thread means there’s more room to work with! 

Woven patches grab attention fast. They’re classy, stylish, and come in an assortment of shapes and sizes. Woven patches look great wherever they’re used whether it’s shirts, luggage, hats, backpacks, vests, or jackets. 


When you work with Brand Sick, you won’t be limited to choices when it comes to custom patches. We’ve got a wide selection of patches and great ideas to perfectly match your customization needs. We’re proud of our wide assortment, affordable prices, and our commitment to customer service. Check out our custom patches today!

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