Whether you’re doing a cancer fundraiser or going out on a wild bachelor party, it can be a nice touch to have matching custom patches to wear. When you design it yourself, it can make the event all the more special.
But, how do you create a custom patch that suits your event’s purpose?
To help you out, here are 9 custom patch design tips you can use to create one that’s sure to impress your organization.
1. Figure out the Purpose
Your patch will be prominently displayed, so you want to send a message to each person who views it.
If you’re doing a fundraiser for conservation, then you’ll probably want your patch to convey eco-consciousness and environmental friendliness. Or, if you’re throwing a birthday party, you may want to get passersby to join in on the festivities.
Once you’ve figured out the purpose of your patch, then you can move onto the other factors in designing it.
2. Think About the Color Schemes
You want your purpose to be loud and clear, so make sure you choose colors that don’t contradict what you’re trying to convey. For example, if you’re making custom military patches, you want to pick military colors.
Blue for the Air Force, navy blue for the Navy, or red and white for the Marine Corps would work well. Choosing a distinct color scheme can set your patch apart from the others.
3. Consider What Elements You Want
Again, you want to pick elements that are cohesive with your overall message. For something like a baby shower for a baby girl, not only do you want to pick a color scheme centered around pink, but you’ll also want elements like bottles and pacifiers.
If the custom patch is for an organization, you may want to consider using the logo as the central element. That way, it’s easily recognizable from afar.
4. Figure out What Size Patch You Want
Patches come in all different sizes, so you can go wild with this. But you need to consider where it’s going to go.
For instance, if the patch you’re designing is to go on a vest, then a large dimension won’t be very practical. But if it’s going on something like a jacket or messenger bag, then you can go a bit bigger.
5. Determine the Shape of the Patch
Another thing to consider is what shape you want the patch to be in. While there are preset shapes (such as square, rectangle, and circle), you can also have the patch made in custom shapes as well.
To make things easier, you might want to go with a preset shape. But if you want something personalized, you can get a “fancy cut.” The patch maker will work with you to get the exact shape you want. A fabric cutting machine can make a big difference to your sewing, quilting, and crafts projects.
6. Consider the Patch Types
There are 3 main types of patches you can get: embroidered, dyed, and woven. If you want to go with the traditional type, then pick embroidered.
For something similar that can accommodate more detail, you’ll want to pick woven. And for the most intricate details, you should choose dyed.
Of course, you don’t have to stick with these suggestions, but they’re good guidelines based on the level of detail you incorporate into your patch.
7. Determine How Much Embroidery You Want
If you’re getting an embroidered patch, you have the option of how much of the twill (the fabric the thread is sewn onto) shows. You can have designs that utilize all 100% of the patch for embroidery, or you can use just a little bit and have most of the twill show.
Keep in mind that the more twill is shown, the cheaper your patches will be. For designs with solid-colored backgrounds, it may be a good choice to go with a mostly exposed twill to save on costs.
8. Go Easy on the Details
It may be tempting to try and fill up the entire patch with details, but for the majority of cases, less is more. If you keep the design simple, whatever message you’re sending will be instantly recognizable. But if you clutter up the design with frivolous details, it can confuse people.
Also, too many details may be unfeasible if you’re adamant about picking embroidered patches. So the more simple you can make your patch, the lower the chances that you’ll hit road bumps in the creation process.
9. Make Sure Your Design Looks Good Digitized
A design may look good on paper, but it may not necessarily translate well to a patch. When you’re designing your custom patch, it might be a good idea to speak to a patch making company’s digitizer.
They can convert your design and show you the embroidery machine’s potential output.
If you’re sending in the design, make sure it’s the exact size that you want on your patch. Plus, the higher the resolution, the better the results will be.
If you’re hand-drawing your design, don’t worry about sending in a digital copy. Many places will let you bring in the piece of paper and they can digitize it from that.
Create an Amazing Patch Design for Your Group
With our tips on creating a custom patch design, you’re sure to come up with something that every person will love and be proud to display.
If you still get stuck, feel free to look online for some inspiration! Just make sure you don’t copy them completely so you get your own unique patch as a result.
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