Are you planning to order some hook and loop patches?
Before you send your design over to a manufacturer, make sure you choose the right backing for your custom patches. Hook and Loop is one of the popular options for this type of project. This backing attaches to items via a hook and loop mechanism. It’s typically used in patches that require temporary attachments, such as those employed in military, police or store uniforms.
Hook and Loop backing owes its popularity and application to the various benefits it offers on top of its paste-and-remove feature. Here are some of the benefits:
Reusable (Damage-Free Patch Transfer)
As mentioned above, custom hook and loop patches come with hook and loop fasteners. The hook has a rough and scratchy texture while the loop has a soft and fuzzy surface. When put together, these two sides form a strong bond. At the same time, they can still be easily taken apart when required.
This characteristic makes hook and loop ideal for moving patches from one uniform to another. Unlike other methods such as sewn-on or iron on, hook and loop patches can be removed without the risk of ruining the garment.
Hook and Loop backings are commonly found on military patches to allow for the quick replacement of the full-color flag with a camouflage version during deployment. Military personnel, law enforcers and firemen also wear unofficial morale patches – which is what hook and loop patches are also called. Further, hook and loop name patches are preferred by businesses that want to identify supervisorial roles from others or have multiple positions filled by different people frequently.
Removable and Washable (By Hand, Preferably)
Can you clean your hook and loop patches in the washer? It depends on who you ask. One group will tell you, yes, it’s all right. You can remove your patch from the apparel, put it in a mesh bag and throw it in the washing machine. Yet, another group will tell you to remove and hand-wash your patch to prevent the hook and loop from losing its gripping ability.
To keep your custom patch in top condition, you need to apply gentle but thorough cleaning. So it’s more reasonable and usually enough to wash it by hand. To maintain its grip, you also have to check for lint buildup from time to time. Use a proper tool to pluck hard-to-remove lint out such as a cleaning brush, tweezer, or T-pin.
Since we’re talking about proper cleaning and care, here’s another tip: Do not use a hot iron on hook and loop patches to avoid damaging, weakening or melting the fastener.
Versatile (Cut-to-Shape Functionality)
Hook and Loop name patches may be the most popular use for this type of custom patch. But hook and loop backing can be applied to various shapes, colors and sizes. The material can be cut according to your design. But note that some makers of custom patches set a size limit of 4.5 inches. Anything larger than that will come straight out of the factory in strips.
The perfect cut secures your patch in place. So talk to your custom patch company to ensure the end product has the correct dimensions. And work through any issues that may arise with bulkier designs.
Flexible and Pocket-Friendly
As we said above, hook and loop patches custom made for military, police and company uniforms can be attached and detached as needed. Organizations and businesses can reuse these patches for certain roles instead of buying more uniforms when they add personnel. This can lead to huge savings in the long run.
Speaking of savings, you can also touch up your clothes or accessories using custom hook and loop patches. This way, you can vary your look without spending additional money on new stuff. Just transfer your favorite patch on your coats, jackets or pants. Or place it on your hats, bags and other hook and loop-friendly items as you please.
Durable For Years
Hook and Loop patches are better than custom iron on patches or sew on patches because they can be removed when the garments are washed or cleaned. As you read earlier, yes, you can separate your custom hook and loop patch and apply your preferred maintenance process to it accordingly. This helps reduce the wear and tear that comes with laundering clothes regularly.
Further, hook and loop is made from two sturdy, long-lasting materials: nylon and polyester. This combination enables patches to withstand thousands of pulls. As such, you don’t have to worry about your patch losing its holding power, especially if you combine usage with proper care.
From hook and loop patches, custom designs to ease of use, flexibility and durability, there are many aspects to love about this option. But there’s more. Hook and Loop is also known for being:
- Made of industry-standard, military-grade materials
Make Your Own Custom Patches
With the right company to partner with, creating your own custom patches can be an enjoyable experience. Quality Patches strives to be that kind of business for our customers. We provide a streamlined process for submitting your design and order, ensuring 100% satisfaction with the end product.
Here’s how it works:
1) Place Your Order
Use the quote form found on our website or message us directly with the details of your order, such as the width, height, type and design. Simply submit a sketch or photo of your idea, which we’ll use as the basis for the sample. You can also send your original artwork in JPEG, PNG and other acceptable formats.
Don’t forget to provide us with your personal details so we can contact you later for sample approval. Once the order is entered into our system, we will start working on it.
2) Brainstorm Your Patch Idea
We’ll use your design idea to create a sample patch. This will show you what the final product will look like once the artwork, logo or label (for hook and loop name patches) is applied to the patch.
Our team will send you a picture of the sample. After checking it, you can request revisions as much as you’d like. Our goal is to deliver your desired result, nothing less.
Check out this blog for a more elaborate post on the brainstorming phase of your project.
3) Your Order Goes Into Production
Once you approve the sample, we begin producing the rest of your custom hook and loop patches. Make sure to plan ahead as this stage usually takes two weeks. You can contact us if you want some updates while you wait. You can also request a rush order if you need your patches as soon as possible.
4) Wait For Delivery Day
After the manufacturing process is complete, we perform a rigorous quality control check of your patches. We are dedicated to producing items of the highest quality. Once we are done with this step, we start shipping your custom hook and loop patches directly to your doorstep.
Ordering hook and loop patches from Quality Patches is quick and seamless. You can rest assured we pay attention to the details so you get the results you want.
Start Creating Your Custom Hook and Loop Patches
Now that you know the benefits of hook and loop backing, you have more choices in addition to custom iron on patches or sew on patches. Feel free to use hook and loop for the purposes we mentioned above.
While it has a less temporary nature compared to iron on, hook and loop backing is a permanent fixture in a lot of military, law enforcement and business activities.
So what are you waiting for? Get a quote and join the ranks of many satisfied users today.