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A few elements capture attention like custom chenille patches as to personalized style and expression. These textured marvels, known for their plushness and unique design possibilities, have carved a niche in fashion, sports, and personal accessories. From classic letterman jackets to modern streetwear, chenille patches add a touch of character that sets them apart.

This article will shed light on their origins, manufacturing process, versatile applications, and the endless creative avenues they open up. Unravel the allure of these tactile treasures and discover how they bring a unique dimension to the art of self-expression.


What are custom chenille patches?

The word chenille originates from the French language caterpillar, reflecting the fabric’s resemblance to the downy and plush body of the tiny creature. Weaving two core yarns together will create the characteristic raised tufts that give the chenille patch its textured appearance.

It boasts a luxurious softness that beckons to be touched. Its velvety surface invites tactile exploration, evoking a sense of comfort and warmth.

While chenille fabric itself is not iridescent, the final look of custom chenille patches can incorporate iridescence through creative design choices and the inclusion of certain materials. One may use iridescent or metallic threads as part of the tufting process or add embellishments like sequins, beads, or other reflective materials.


How is it made?

The process begins with designing the patch artwork. It is then digitized so computerized embroidery machines can read it. Here are tips for designing custom patches.

Using specialized equipment, needles thread chenille yarn on the machine. The needles pierce the fabric and loop the yarn to create tufts. We use a stiffened felt as fabric backing to provide a stable base for the yarn tufting. The yarn is then cut to the desired length, creating a plush texture.

Depending on the design, the manufacturer may add embroidered elements once the tufting is complete. This combination of embroidery and chenille makes a detailed and textured design possible because embroidery allows for control over stitch density.

The chosen backing option is attached to the back of the patch. It could be sew-on, iron-on, stick-on, or Velcro.

Finally, we inspect the patch for any loose threads or imperfections.

Throughout this process, precise machinery, skilled technicians, and attention to detail are crucial to producing high-quality custom chenille patches.


With custom chenille patches, various designs and shapes are limited only by your imagination (and manufacturing capabilities). Do note that they are not ideal for small, intricate details. If you want to keep the classic chenille look for more detailed designs, you can always combine it with embroidery.

Combining chenille with embroidery can be necessary or beneficial when your design calls for intricate details or gradient effects or when you’re looking to create a visually striking and multidimensional patch.

Excellent craftsmanship and quality materials will also affect your custom patch designs.

Application process

A different type of backing requires a different application process.

Iron-on custom chenille patches come with a heat-activated adhesive backing. To apply them, start with preheating your iron to the appropriate temperature setting recommended by the manufacturer. Ensure you cover the patch with a thin cloth to protect the patch and fabric from direct heat before pressing the iron firmly for about 20 seconds. Let it cool for a minute or so and then peel off the protective covering from the patch.

Sew-on custom chenille patches do not have adhesive and require sewing for attachment. Position the patch and insert a needle from the backside of the fabric, bringing it up. Then, stitch around the edges using a whipstitch or running stitch. Repeat this until the patches are secured. Finally, knot the thread on the backside of the fabric and trim any excess thread.

Stick-on custom chenille patches often have an adhesive backing for temporary attachment. Just peel off the protective backing and press the adhesive side firmly onto the fabric. You may remove and reposition it as needed.

Custom chenille patches with Velcro backing offer a versatile option for attachment. Attach the hook side of the Velcro backing to the fabric in the desired position, then attach the loop side of the Velcro backing to the patch. Press the patch with the loop side onto the fabric with the hook side, creating a secure attachment.

DIY and craft projects

Creating custom chenille patches as DIY and craft projects allows you to express your creativity and add a personalized touch to your belongings.

They are commonly found in various items and products, adding a touch of texture, uniqueness, and personalization.

In varsity jackets, hats and caps, bags, denim, sweaters and hoodies, team apparel, collectibles and memorabilia, and even accessories!


How does one care for custom chenille patches?

Different patches and materials may have specific care instructions provided by the manufacturer, but there are general points for cleaning your custom patches including avoiding using bleach or harsh chemicals.

If possible, hand washing is gentler on custom chenille patches. Gently agitate the water without rubbing or wringing the patch. If machine washing is recommended, turn the garment inside out and place it in a laundry bag to protect the patch. Wash with cold water to minimize the risk of damage.

To dry it all up, opt for air drying. Lay the garment flat on a clean, dry surface to avoid stretching or distorting the patch. If using a dryer, use the lowest heat setting to minimize the risk of shrinkage or damage. Remove the item promptly once it is dry to prevent excessive heat exposure.


Custom Chenille Patches from Embroidered Patches Australia

From their plush softness to intricate design possibilities, custom chenille patches have carved a distinct space within a personalized style and funk.

Whether adding a personal touch to your favorite jacket or commemorating a special event, custom chenille patches stand ready to elevate your style and tell your story through texture and design.

At Embroidered Patches Australia, we pride ourselves on creating custom chenille patches with the latest technology, guaranteeing sleek and modern designs that bring your vision to life.

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