Remember how cool it was to receive a patch for a job well done?

You may have received one for learning how to make a campfire in Girl Scouts or a wallet in Boy Scouts. Your summer camp may have given out patches, or maybe you won a patch at an arcade.

Patches are ironed-on memories and milestones. You can also incorporate them creatively into fashion, art, and more.

Here are three fun ways to use iron-on patches.

1. Back to School Cool

Back-to-school season is perfect for bringing back retro 90s cool!

College kids can get in on the fun, too.

Start with a soft denim backpack. Jeans, denim jackets, and denim totes are also ideal materials for iron-on patches.

Canvas, like totes and Jansport backpacks, are also perfect for patches. You can even create your own school-themed custom iron on patches by visiting online patch making websites like They have many types of patches to choose from. The pricing and quality is good, they offer samples and free shipping so you can be sure your patches are perfect.

Ideas include:

  • Iron-on rulers
  • Pencils
  • Composition books
  • Books
  • Crayons
  • Paper airplanes

You could create custom patches with your kid’s favorite authors’ names! Pair them with mini book patches with matching titles, too.

There are a few ways to create your own custom patch. 

There are at-home kits you can buy that let you embroider your own iron-on patch. These patches are limited in shape. You could also buy a sizeable iron-on patch sheet using fray-stopping glue on the edges. 

Perhaps, the easiest way to make your own patches is to visit a custom patch website like You’ll find a more comprehensive selection of shapes, designs, and fonts online. This route saves you days’ worth of effort.

You would also use an online vendor if you needed patches in bulk for a boy scout troupe, summer camp, or goodie bag.

2. Create a Summer Camp Reward System

Like Girl Scouts, summer camp directors can learn a lot from scout and wilderness troupes. In these organizations, patches commemorate a completed activity. Kids proudly display their patches, encouraging themselves (and others) to aspire for more.

Summer camps can adopt a similar reward system to engage campers and improve confidence, increasing summer enrollment.

Similar to Girl and Boy Scouts, camps can reward campers for the following accomplishments:

  • Cooking food in the dining hall
  • Keeping cabins clean
  • Gardening and tree-planting
  • Swimming
  • Hiking
  • Overnight camping
  • Theater
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Nature Identification

You could also create general custom patches to promote your camp to other parents. Include these patches in enrollment packets, direct mail, and neighborhood street fairs. 

3. Create Iron On Patches for Birthdays

What’s the best part about birthday parties besides the cake?

Goodie bags!

Custom iron on patches makes perfect party favors for attendees. Simply, visit a custom patch-making website to create one or more of the following birthday-themed patches:

  • Birthday cake and cupcakes
  • Ice cream
  • Birthday present boxes
  • Soundmakers
  • Clowns
  • Balloons
  • Pinatas
  • Party banners

Do you need even more ideas?

Discover inspiration by browsing the aisles of your local party supply store!

Get Inspired

These ideas are just a sampling of what you can do with iron on patches. Learn how to iron on a patch and more to create memorable (and wearable) pieces of art. 

The blog is also full of creative ideas for your new project.