Wednesday, October 21, 2009

"How To" Iron On Your Girl Scout Patch

As the girls earn their patches through participation and/or service projects, displaying them on their uniform is part of the fun in the Girl Scout experience. As the girls receive their patches of achievement, we want to encourage you to promptly get them adhered to the vest so the girls can display their accomplishments (also so the patches don't get misplaced or lost).

Some of the patches the girls receive are packaged with directions on how to iron them on the garment, but many patches are given loose, without directions. This post is to help you know how and where to put the Girl Scout patches on the uniform as the girls receive them. If your patch does not have an "iron on" medium on the back (many patches do not), you can buy fusable paper or Patch Glue at your local fabric or craft store- this will enable you to iron your patch on (OR you can always sew it!)


What You'll Need:

  • Iron-On Patches
  • Iron & Ironing Board
  • A press cloth (light color hand towel, wash cloth, or cotton pillow case)
  • Girl Scout Vest or Sash
  1. Preheat iron on the cotton or high heat temperature setting for 5 minutes.

  2. Lay your garment flat on iron board.

  3. Remove release paper if there is any (wax type paper on back of some patches), set patch aside.

  4. Iron area of garment where patch will be placed for approximately 25 seconds.

  5. Place your patch in desired location on the garment.

  6. Gently lay press cloth over patch. (The towel is there to protect your patch and your garment from the iron. Sometimes, irons can have a dirty residue on them. Also, some patches or fabrics can be sensitive to heat and will melt if touched directly by the iron.)

  7. Place heated iron on the towel over the patch and press down firmly with your iron for 10-15 seconds. DO NOT apply hot iron directly to embroidered area.

  8. Turn garment inside out. Carefully iron the back side of the patch in a back and forth motion for 35-45 seconds while pressing firmly.

  9. Once your patch is pressed, let it cool completely, then try picking gently at the edges. It should not peel up, but if it does, then you need to iron it just a bit more with your press cloth (especially on the edges).


Daisy (click here)
Brownie (click here)
Junior (click here)

"Fun Patches" and "Fun Pins" are always placed on the back of the girls' uniform.

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