- Custom Items
- Free Patch
EPC has been producing high quality, professionally designed custom patches and crests for over 18 years with customers located all around the world! We've created patches for Girl Guides, Scouts, Martial Arts, Fire Departments, Police Departments, businesses, and all kinds of events. Whether you need a specific design for your camp, club, or for any other reason you can count on us to create a patch for it. Just follow the simple three step process below to learn how to make your own custom embroidered badge.
Sketch or describe your basic design. Have an idea but no sketch? Our graphic designers can help! Fill out our quote form to get started.
We will email you a proof to ensure your complete satisfaction. Please review all information, particularly the size, spelling, and colours.
Once you approve the design we continue with a stitched sample. Your patches will be delivered 2-3 weeks after approval.
A patch is made up of twill, stitching and a border. We've provided an image below to help illustrate the difference between the three. The example patch shown has a laser cut - stitched border.
When placing your order please indicate the width of the patch you are looking to create. To determine the overall size of the patch, add the width and height together and divide the total by 2. For example: 4.5" wide x 1.5" high equals 6" and divided by two equals 3" for the overall size. EPC Tip: Minimum text size will be 18 pts when stitched.
The backing is what's on the other side of the crest when you turn it over. We offer five different types you can choose from to make your custom patch perfect. The standard backing is plastic as it gives the crest stability; however, alternative backings are available at an extra cost.
Please Read Our Iron-On Instructions
Find more information in our article on choosing the right backing.
You can even choose no backing at all! No backing is where the threads show through and are not covered by any type of material.
For velcro backing, we offer a choice of hook or loop for a velcro backing. You may choose both, but an additional charge will apply.
Hook Side is the "loop, grabby, stiff" side, and loop is "softer and fuzzy".
The amount of embroidery is also a consideration when creating a custom patch. Whether the crest is covered in only 50% thread, 75% or completely covered in 100% thread changes how much the patch will cost to produce. The amount of threads can be generally calculated on how much of the twill fabric background shows through when you look at the crest or the amount of fabric that is not covered by threads.
50% coverage with red twill background.
75% coverage with blue twill background.
100% covered in thread. No twill background.
Merrow borders are a thick stitch that is applied to the edge after embroidery and cutting which provides a finished trim and bulkier edge. It also makes it easier for hand sewing. We also offer Laser Cut - Stitched borders. Cut to shape, this border option is perfect for custom shapes.
Laser Cut - Stitched
All custom order prices include up to 9 regular thread colours. Metallic and Glow In The Dark are offered at an additional cost.
Glow in the Dark
We've made designing your own custom patch easier by providing free downloadable templates. Just select the shape and size of your patch, draw your design including colour choices and crest details, and submit it using our Custom Embroidered Patch Quote Request form. It's that easy to get your custom patch started.