6 Creative Tips for Designing Unique Custom Patches

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Custom Patches

We have expert advice on what to consider when designing a custom embroidered patch. Here you will find information about size and shape, the materials used, artwork specifications, and types of embroidery. Here are a few tips to help you get your custom patches just right. 

1) Don’t Be Afraid to Get Creative  

Custom patches make the perfect accessory for your team or group. Since they can be designed to suit your specific needs, they are a great way to promote your business, advertise an event, or give recognition to your favorite sport or activity. 

One of the best things about custom embroidered patches is that they can be customized to suit any budget. You can design a patch to meet your needs and add your own personal touch to it.

2) Take Size into Account 

The size of your custom embroidered patches will depend on their placement. If they are to be worn on the sleeve or on the chest area, they need to be larger to be noticeable. If they are worn on the back of items like jackets or bags, they need to be smaller.

3) Consider Colors

Choose colors that highlight your specific characteristics. For example, if your team or group focuses on the environment, you could use green, or if you want to promote a movie or TV show, you might choose colors related to it.

Whatever colors you choose, make sure they are of good quality and are appropriate for the purpose you have in mind. For instance, if your team is made up of elderly people, you may want to avoid using red because it is a color that is associated with “danger.”

4) Get Creative with Typefaces  

Many people think that they need to use a specific font when it comes to creating custom patches, but that is not the case. You can be adventurous with your choices and have fun trying out new ideas.

The best way to do this is to draw out the lettering you want to use and make sure it looks good before you commit to it.

5) Use a Hot Needle Cut

With a hot needle cut, you are able to cut the patch without it fraying. The benefit of this is that you can make intricate designs, and if you make any mistakes, they will not be visible because your patch will not be ragged. 

Hot needle cutting is a great way to decorate patches and you can use it to enhance the look of your custom patch.

6) Learn a Variety of Specialty Borders

You can learn a variety of specialty borders when it comes to embroidered patches. These include straight, wavy, and diamond borders.

A straight border is a wide border that has a uniform design, while a wavy border has a design that is curved. When using different types of specialty borders, you will be able to make your patch stand out from the rest.

  • Merrowed Border
    A merrowed border is a great option for custom clothing patches that are shaped into a circle, rectangle, square, or triangle. The merrowed border option will give your custom patch a refined and professional look. This border is 1/8″ which overlocks the patch edge. This option prevents unwanted frayed edges and helps make the patch more durable.
  • Hot Knife
    The hot knife option is ideal for custom embroidered patches that have an intricate shape. We cut the emblem as close as possible to the edge. This option really makes your custom patches come to life.
  • Satin Stitch
    A satin stitch is a great option for any custom embroidered patch. The satin border is a 1/6″ stitch that goes around the edge of the patch. This option is completely different than the merrowed border because it does not overlock the patches’ edge.
  • Smooth Cut
    The smooth-cut option can be used on any embroidered patch. This border has no stitching on the edge of the patch.


In the end, you will want to make sure your patch has the right size and shape, color, text, and design. If you follow these guidelines, you will be able to create custom patches that are the envy of everyone who sees them. 

Turn your custom patches into a reality with the help of Artex Group. We offer custom embroidered patches catering to designs from your own vision. Get in touch with us today to learn how.