custom Patches Seattle

Custom Woven and Embroidered Patches

Here at The Foundry Print Shop we provide a full service custom patch program. This is where design, production and application come together for a complete relationship. Whether it’s custom headwear, uniforms of novelty you can be assured that we have you covered.
Embroidered Patches Seattle

Custom Woven and Embroidered Patches

Here at The Foundry Print Shop we provide a full service custom patch program. This is where design, production and application come together for a complete relationship. Whether it’s custom headwear, uniforms of novelty you can be assured that we have you covered.

There are many ways to create a custom patch. Embroidery, woven, printed, PVC and sublimation just to name a few. With so many options we try and consider any limitations created by the art, environment and garment type the patch will be applied to. If it’s going on a hat there are size limitations. If it’s going on a knit you would want the patch to be pliable and lightweight. There’s a lot to think about and that’s why we’re here to help.

Custom Patch Minimums

Patches are sold by construction type, size and quantity. You will find that the price per unit comes down drastically when higher quantities are produced. This is because so much of the invested resource in making them is time and equipment, not necessarily material. Knowing this you may want to order 100 patches even though your current order is only say 50 hats with patches applied. This will put you at an advantage in overall pricing and future turnaround times. Basic minimus are 50 units but in many instances doing 100 or more can cut the price by as much as 40%.

Turnaround Times on Custom Patches

With that let’s talk about turnaround times. Although most patches are made inhouse with a 2 week turn in some cases we’ll outsource the patch making to a specialized trim factory. We do this for various reasons but the most prevalent is cost to the customer. This is great for savings and quality but it can add about two weeks to standard turnaround so keep that in mind. In short if you want access to all the options for optimum results give yourself a 30 day lead time when patches are required for your project.

Backing Construction on Custom Patches

Now we can cover backing options. The term ‘backing’ refers to the reverse side of the patch and there’s a few construction options to consider here. The most popular is going to be heatseal also known as iron on. Heatseal specialty backing makes it so the patch can be applied with heat and pressure. Heatseal works surprisingly well in DIY scenarios but we always recommend sewing the patches for a permanent bond. Thi is especially important on garments that see regular wash or intense abrasion. Other popular backing options are going to be hook and loop so velcro and peel and stick, basically a sticker that’s a patch.

Custom Patch Borders

There are several ways to put a border on your patch. The most common is called merrow or emblem stitch, this is the chunky piping that you see bordering most custom patches. It’s a great look but it only works on simple patch shapes like circles, squares and rectangles. For more complex contour shapes we’ll use what is called a satin border. This look similar to a merrow stitch but it doesn’t wrap around the edge of the patch like merrow does. With satin borders we laser cut or hot knife the edges to heat seal them from fray.

Custom Patch to Garment Application

This brings us to the last thing I want to touch on and that’s garment application options. The most obvious is going to be sewing and we sew patches onto you name it all day every day. We have an array of specialty sewing machines for applying patches to just about anything you can imagine. The lastly when the situation calls for it we have industrial heat pressed capable of applying the optimum heat, pressure and time to ashere iron-on patches. Here’s a good article if you’d like to try your hand at sewing them yourself. Instructables Craft : Sew a Patch on a Jacket

We encourage you to get in touch with us with questions and we’re happy to help with your next custom patch project.

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Why work with The Foundry over other shops?

  1. Ability: Our 4,000 sqft shop is full of top of the line equipment and experienced operators. With garment printing, embroidery, patches, sewing and printed vinyl all in one place we are the one business relationship for all your private label needs.
  2. Creativity: Our staff is passionate about apparel, art and trends both current and classic. This passion drives a know-how in our design and application approach to creating custom apparel. We help take your ideas and put them into a format that is both compatible with and unique to your intentions.
  3. Resourcefulness: We always promote the scenario where quality and affordability meet. There are multiple ways to execute any custom apparel project and you can count on us to plan around the best results for a practical value while maintaining our quality first credo. The Foundry’s extensive in-house resources makes for as little 3rd party vendor involvement as possible.
  4. Accountability: We hold ourselves accountable to the quality of product and customer experience. We encourage our customers to share their thoughts to help us meet our commitments and deliver elevated results. Understanding the customers expectations, meeting them and managing concerns is what makes us Seattle’s one stop shop for quality custom apparel.
  5. Convenience: It is our job to know the process and be able to convey that information to the customer for their assurance. Our invoicing system outlines all of the garment and print information. We provide detailed mockups for every project with live approval and payment links. As well as due date and shipment tracking all from a single invoice view. This makes staying in know about your project easy and streamlined. We can ship to anywhere in the country or you can pick up from our location in South Seattle.

If you are looking to create the best custom garments and a value rich relationship look no further than The Foundry Print Shop Seattle.

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Dandee Fleming
Dandee Fleming
2021-01-29
I’ve had shirts, hoodies, bags and hats (screens, embroidery and patches) all made at the The Foundry. I love that they are a local Seattle company and that I can drive over and pick up my products right at the shop if I want to. Quick turn around and great prices. I recommend them for all your product needs.
Dune Butler
Dune Butler
2021-01-19
Super great print shop. They were able to steer us in the direction of making a product that would work with the right design. The end results are quality, stitched beanies, one of our finest pieces of merch yet.
john logic
john logic
2021-01-18
Look no further - my business has used shirts and promo items for a couple decades and The Foundry is as professional as they come. It's a relief to know you're dealing with a full staff with modern equipment - 2 auto-presses and sophisticated embroidery machines. The Crash Course on their website is an invaluable tool to prep you for what to expect; scroll down and check it out, it will save everyone time and money. Keep it up!
Jordan Bradley
Jordan Bradley
2020-12-29
Worked with Clint and The Foundry a couple times now for special order projects. They're always responsive, very quick to get projects and mock ups made, and do awesome work. Will definitely be using them again for any embroidery needs we have!
Sara McCabe
Sara McCabe
2020-12-29
We have worked with the Foundry on several different headware options for our brewery. The owners are very responsive, super knowledgeable about the products and can help with finding the best product for your needs. The quality of embroidering and stitching is on point. We are always happy to support this local business!