Embroidered patches are the style most people are familiar with, having seen them on uniforms, hats, jackets, and more. Starting with a twill base, the custom design is embroidered using thread. Embroidered patches are found in three coverage amounts, 50% embroidery, 75% embroidery, and 100% embroidery. The coverage percentage refers to how much thread coverage the patch will have verses the amount of twill that will be visible. Patches that are embroidered at 50% or 75% will have a different texture, as the embroidered part will ‘rise’ off the patch.
Printed patches involve printing a photograph, design, or text onto a blank piece of twill fabric. Using a dye sublimation process, ink is used to fuse the design into the fabric; therefore, these patches have no color limitation—over one million colors are available. Printed patches are completely washable, dry cleanable, and fade-proof. Small print is easily readable on these patches, and they are often the best choice for those who desire photographic realism or those needing patches in an extremely short time window, as the printing process takes less time than the embroidery process.
Woven Patches are primarily used in place of embroidered patches. Since woven patches use thinner threads that are woven together instead of embroidered onto a fabric, they are ideal when a design is too detailed or complex to be achieved with the embroidery process. Woven patches are made of thread only, stitched in a continuous design. Woven patches achieve finer detail in both the design and text of the patch. Since the patch is woven, it has a smooth appearance with no raised texture. Woven patches are also a great way to achieve photographic realism. Human faces, landscapes, motorcycles, gradients, and blends can be reproduced on smaller sized woven patches in a way only possible on large embroidered patches.
With a custom leather patch hat, you can take your look to the next level! Our expert craftsmanship ensures each individual piece will be made with precision and care. Choose from an array of thread colors for added personalization – let us help make sure all those small details that bring out your unique style shine through!
- Create a custom patch to outline your logo
- We offer all the basic shapes that will show off your logo, including round, square, oval, diamond, hexagon, rectangle, and rounded corner.
- Choose between real leather and faux-leather patches
- Choose thread colors
- Design Options: Embossing, Embroidery, Printing, Color fill