If you follow me on Instagram, or have read my about page, then you already know I am a HUGE fan of Disney! I've wanted a Disney patch jacket for a while, but couldn't find the right one, so I thought I would make one myself. Keep reading to see more photos of this lovely jacket, where I bought everything, and how to easily apply patches to your own DIY jacket!
STEP 1: Picking your Material
Not all materials work well with iron-on patches and certain delicate fabrics such as nylon, spandex, and polyester may be damaged by the heat of an iron. The best materials to use with iron-on patches are cotton, denim, and work-out material. I chose to work with this Levi's boyfriend jacket because I've had experience working with patches on denim before and loved how it turned out! This boyfriend jacket in general is also just really cute and I love the oversized fit (which also gives more room for patches!)
STEP 2: Planning
If done right, these patches can stay on for years (and even permanently if you take care of your item). Therefore, you'll want to plan out where all your patches will go before you apply them and they can't be moved around. I knew that I wanted the Baymax patch on my sleeve, so I put the jacket on and held my arm in front of me moving the patch around until it was where I wanted it to be. I then marked this area in pencil, so I would remember. Next I placed the two largest patches in the middle (Jack and the pansy) and then moved the rest of the patches around a few times before making my final decision. Don't forget to snap a pic before moving them all!
STEP 3: Applying your Patches
Now for the fun part! You'll want to start by removing the patches so you can work with one at a time. I applied my two largest patches first because I wanted them to be perfectly in the middle. I used a ruler for this part and measured from each edge of the jacket to the center of the patch moving it slightly until the numbers were the same. You should put a press cloth between the patch and the iron to protect the fabric from the heat and the iron from the patch. If you don't have a press cloth, a sheet works perfectly! I had my iron on the cotton setting and switched between circling around the patch and holding the iron in place for about one minute and then going over the edges for another minute. Finally, make sure to iron the inside of the your jacket, t-shirt, etc. on the other side of the patch using similar motions and simply repeat this step until you've applied each one. It took me about an hour to apply every patch.
Step 4: Final Touches
Once you apply all of your patches, you'll want to check that the edges aren't lifting and re-apply the iron where necessary. I also turned my jacket back over and ironed the entire inside one more time just to be safe. Remember that ironing a thick denim will take more time than a cotton t-shirt, so make sure to take your time with this to avoid your patches falling off later. I linked as many patches I could find (I've had some for awhile) and a few more favorites below!
*My ears were purchased from the park and you can purchase the fanny pack here.
As you can see, there's still plenty of room for more patches and I'll continue to add more as I find them. I bought all of mine at either Hot Topic or BoxLunch, but you can find great patches in Etsy stores as well that not many people will have. The more unique, the better! I hope you enjoyed this DIY pictorial!
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