Custom Patches

This service is now provided by Embrostitch.

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Please use the ‘Get A Quote’ page to get a quote for your project.

Your design should fall into one of 2 categories:

1) A text based design (letters and numbers only).

2) An image based design.

Text based designs:

Text based designs are normally easier to produce, so they’re often the cheapest option.

Image based designs:

Image based designs can be tricky to produce, as not every image is suitable for embroidery and fine detail is often very difficult, so please bear this in mind when sending us images of complicated designs.  Always send us the best quality image you can get, but keep it under 2mb in size for email.

Small quantity orders are always welcome:

We can produce any quantity of patches, but (with the exception of simple text patches, where there is no minimum qty) there is a minimum quantity of 10 patches for embroidered, or 100 qty for Printed or Woven patches, previously our minimum order was 50 qty for printed or woven, but there is very little price difference between 50 qty & 100 qty (its often only 40% more), it’s just so much better value to order 100 qty, especially so if you plan to resell them.

Discounts:

The price per patch is determined by the difficulty of the design and the quantity of the order.

Delivery:

Custom patch orders can take from 2 to 4 weeks to complete, depending on the size of your order and the current workload.

Digitizing:

We outsource all design images to a specialist digitizing service, who create the embroidery file we use in our machines, this approach to production guarantees a better quality product, the costs are always included in any price quoted.

Samples:

We normally provide you with a digital sample for your approval before production begins, but if you require physical samples, then we advise you place a sample order of 1 patches (use the form on the ‘Get A Quote’ page) to see how your finished design will look & feel.  Alternatively, we produce many of the products for sale on Patchdepot.co.uk, so for other samples of our work, please see MOST OF THE PRODUCTS IN THE SHOP!

Alternatively, have a look at our Patch Wall

Materials:

The majority of our custom patches are made on medium weight twill with a herringbone pattern, to give a quality look & feel to the unstitched areas of your design.

Backing:
We prefer to make all of our embroidered patches with a factory grade iron on backing, as it helps to make the patches more durable, but we have 3 backing options available, Sew on, Iron On, or Velcro.

Sew On Patches/Iron on Patches:

Iron on backing is an additional process which is applied after the initial embroidery, so it normally costs a little extra,.  We only use industry standard transparent hot melt glue (as shown in the images below), your patches will be made the proper way, with the glue applied using an industrial heat press, which creates a smooth & flat iron on backing.

iron on backing for patches

Velcro Backing:

Velcro backing is available at an extra cost, for custom orders in either Black or White colour options.

Border Styles:

We have 2 border options, Laser Cut or Merrowed, but the Merrowed option is only available on orders over 50 qty.

Design Advice:

Here are a few things to consider when creating a design for an embroidered patch.

Detail
Try not to cram in too much detail, as quite often people create beautiful designs, but when you shrink them down to a small size like 5cm, its impossible for an embroidery machine to bring out those important details, so try to keep it fairly simple, or make the important elements of your design as large as possible within the space available.

Size:
The size of the patch will make a big difference to the cost, as all patch manufacturer’s base their prices on how many embroidered patches they can fit into the embroidery frame at production time.  Some companies have smaller machines and lots of them, but most of the larger embroidery businesses run large machines with an embroidery frame of at least 30cm x 20cm.  For example, with a 17cm circular design, we can only get 1 patch in the frame, so its not really a viable proposition for us, when we can get from 6 to 24 smaller patches in the same frame space and make a whole lot more money.  So smaller sized patches are usually cheaper, but don’t go too small and compromise your design.

Colours:

The number of colours in your design can also make a difference to the price (because as it gets more complex, it obviously takes longer also creates alignment issues with some designs), so again, less colours is better, and we all love to make simple one colour designs (white on black etc)!

Setup Costs: 

All costs are included in the quotes issued using our automated quote system on the ‘get a quote’ page, there are no extra charges beyond that.

Production costs:

We don’t pretend to compete with any company outside the UK, so please don’t compare our prices to companies in Asia or the USA.  There are many hidden costs in using overseas companies, that you may not be aware of until after the fact, like import duty & import VAT on the entire order etc, those hidden expenses can typically add 30-40% to the cost of buying from companies outside the UK.

Embroidery machines are expensive to buy & maintain in the UK, and the materials for embroidered patches are also very expensive. – For example: £200 for a 50m roll of polycotton material, £150 for a 100m roll of iron on backing, £12 for a 5000m spool of thread, £50 for a roll of stabilizer, these expenses add up quickly for larger orders of 500+ qty, and no embroidery business can afford to make them for pennies anymore.  Even if you simplify your design & keep the size down, its highly unlikely you will find anyone in the UK to make even simple patches at less than £1 each, regardless of quantity.

Price Structure: When it comes to producing embroidered patches, every job is unique.  A difficult job can take up to 10 times longer to make than an easy job, so for this reason, the prices shown by our automated quote system are not just calculated according to the order size, its also heavily weighted towards the cost of the materials and difficulty of the project as a whole.

Summary:
We want to help make your design both affordable for you, and workable for us, so if you take on board some of the points mentioned above, it will help you better understand our position, also help you get the best possible quote for your project.

Copyright:

We will not produce a trademarked logo, or any design that may potentially infringe copyright, unless you are that company, or a representative thereof.  We may produce a design if we are satisfied the relevant permission has been obtained, (and we will check with the trademark/copyright owner!).