Custom embroidered patches have been around for years. They are one of the most affordable ways that companies, organizations, clubs, and individuals can promote their common interests. Recently, advances in technology have made it possible for even more customization and artistry to be applied to this unique design form.
Here a few customizations that represent the latest and greatest in modern patch design.
- Custom coins can be made to commemorate a special day or can be passed among friends as a token of achievement. One way to display a custom coin is to embed it in a custom embroidered patch. These patches make unique graduation gifts or celebrations of achievement.
- Woven patches have become popular lately because they cost less to make, allow for more detail, and add photo-like realism to a design. For fans of traditional embroidery, it is possible to combine the two processes to gain the best of both worlds. An embroidered patch with woven elements yields a patch of incredible detail that still has the 3-D look and feel of embroidery.
- Professional embroidery companies are no longer limited by strict sizes. Most patches are around 3″ in size, but a patch can be as large as three or four feet. These oversized patches are “works of art in thread” that look best when matted and framed. A patch this size is not cheap, but they are perfect for hanging on the wall of a club lodge, executive office, or team locker room. Having a fundraiser? Commission one of these beautiful, framed patches to auction off to the highest bidder.
- As demand for new products increases, more and more patch options become available. Glow-in-the dark patches, reflective threads, patches with blinking LED lights, and patches with metal components or swarovski crystals are all readily available on the mass market. Background materials include leather, felt, camouflage, or cotton twill.
As with any custom product, the quality of these designs and processes vary greatly from company to company. Research a patch maker thoroughly, read testimonials, and try to find images of the patch styles mentioned above. Custom patch design is a great medium because the options for customization are almost endless.