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How to Attach Patches Without Sewing

Updated July 24, 2019
How to Attach Patches Without Sewing
How to Attach Patches Without Sewing
This image courtesy of gorillatough.com

Use glue for patches on fabrics to attach them without having to sew. This easy tutorial will teach you how to glue patches on a denim jacket or any other fabric for a permanent bond. Follow the simple instructions and your patch will stick permanently. It will even be safe to wash in the washing machine. This is a great option for any of the kids scout programs too. When they get their patches, no need to sew them on. Since patches are becoming trendy again, don't let sewing deter you from making a custom jacket you'll love. Just glue on the patches!

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteUnder an hour

MaterialsFabric

Primary TechniqueNo Sew Project

Beginner

Project TypeLearn a Technique

Materials List

  • Gorilla Clear Grip
  • Denim Jacket
  • Patch

Instructions

Jackets with patches have entered the scene again. Pick out your favorite patches, the jacket that fits you perfectly, and a tube of Clear Grip - you’ll be all set up to make one for yourself.

If you’re on the thrifty side, head to a local second hand store and pick up a pre-loved jacket and you may even find some patches there!

Here at Gorilla, located in Cincinnati, Ohio, we decided to make a jacket with our Ohio flag on it! We also have some Gorilla Glue logo patches, and other beauties we found at our local craft store.

  1. Start by deciding where you want to place the patch. Consider keeping it in a place that is visible, and won’t snag on seat belts, bracelets, etc.

  2. Lay the jacket flat, and apply the glue to the jacket and to the patch.

  3. Wait 2 minutes while the adhesive “flashes” off - the contact adhesive creates its strong bond by evaporation.

  4. When you place the patch on the jacket, match the glued fabrics together, and press firmly while they adhere to one another.

  5. The two pieces should stick immediately, and are fully cured in 24 hours. After a full cure, the glue is even washer and dryer safe!

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I am THRILLED to find this crafting idea! I have been in love with all these super cute patches at the craft store, but I am not a sewing person. I have lamented my loss for so long, losing out on the trend that has come back around again. BUt I shall lament no longer. My only question is- is this suitable only for denim? I wanted to do this on a chunky chenille sweater

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