Custom Velcro patches for tactical vests are fast becoming the must-have gear of choice for today's military and law enforcement professionals. These patches are made of high quality velcro and are very easy to use. In fact, you can make your own Velcro patches in minutes by using a sewing machine, making them very easy to produce and use. Here is how you can make your own Velcro patches for self defense.
First, purchase a ball of Velcro, a pair of scissors, and an iron or spray paint. You should be able to find all of these supplies at a local craft store. If you do not have access to any of these items, consider using an old t-shirt of yours, or creating a piece of clothing out of paper that can serve as a template for your custom Velcro patch. Once you have a template, it is a simple matter of cutting out the required amount of Velcro, being careful to ensure that the fabric is even. Iron on the required number of Velcro, being careful to allow plenty of "give" when you press down on the Velcro, before tucking the template underneath the Velcro to create the Velcro patch.
After testing your templates to ensure that they will not snag, cut off the excess Velcro. It may take several tries, but after practicing with a few patches, you will get the hang of it. You can also use an iron on application method. If you prefer to hand stitch, start by placing the Velcro patches over a t-shirt or other garment, securing the Velcro through the fabric with Velcro tape.
If desired, there are two different methods of applying patches to clothing. The first method is where you would sew the patch on directly to the garment, using an adhesive. The other method is where you would use an adhesive directly on the cloth or garment, using a pin. To create the Velcro patch, use a pin to poke four or five holes into the cloth. Make sure that the hole is placed securely onto the garment, and try to keep the hole level as you push the patch through. The Velcro should overlap the hole so that the Velcro is partially covered by the fabric, and once the Velcro patch is completely covered, it should be able to close back up.
If you choose to use the adhesive method, then you will need to purchase a package of adhesive and some Velcro tape. Once the adhesive is available, you will simply need to pre-heat the glue and spray it onto the Velcro. Work in small areas at first, until you get the hang of it. Then spray the entire area. Use a cotton ball to apply the patches to the garment.
Once the adhesive is completely dried, you will need to carefully apply the Velcro patch to the patch of fabric. Do so carefully, and make sure that you line up the Velcro perfectly. Before trimming, be sure to press the patch firmly onto the fabric. You can do this by using a staple gun, or by pressing down on the patch with your hands. Be sure to smooth out any bubbles that may form by dabbing at the edges with a wet sponge.
Once you have successfully attached all the patches to your garments, it is time to place the custom Velcro patch over the existing patch. You will need to sew the Velcro to the garment before it dries. Otherwise, the patch will lift up. For that reason, it is important to only sew the Velcro to the garment after it has been pressed. If you are attaching multiple custom patches to a garment, be sure to sew them onto a clean cotton shirt or tee-shirt before sewing them onto the garment.
One final tip when putting custom Velcro patches on garments is to make sure that the patches match the rest of your wardrobe. You may have a black shirt, but if your custom patch is red, you will look silly. If the two of you share the same wardrobe, use Velcro tape to permanently mark the patch. This is especially handy for embroidery jobs. Once the job is done, remove the Velcro tape and your custom Velcro patch will look exactly like it did when you started.