Attachment Methods & Tips for your Tags & Patches

When it comes to adding a personalized touch to your garments and other handmade items, attaching tags and patches can be a great way to showcase your unique style. Whether you're a fashion designer, a craft enthusiast, or simply looking to add a special touch to your creations, here's a step-by-step guide on how to attach tags and patches to your items.

Step 1: Choose the Right Attachment Method

Before attaching your tags or patches, it's important to consider the best method for your specific item. When choosing an attachment method consider factors such as type of fabric, the desired durability of the attachment, the intended use of the garment, and any aesthetic preferences. There are several options to choose from, including sewing, iron-on adhesive, rivets or Chicago screws. Each method has its own advantages and considerations, so make sure to select the one that suits your needs and preferences.

A - Sewing On: This is perhaps the most traditional and widely used method.  It involves stitching the tags onto the garment using a sewing machine or by hand.  It offers a secure attachment and is durable.  It's also a versatile method as it can be used with various types of fabrics and all the tag materials we make at Spotted Zebra!  We will work with you to design and produce tags that have the correct measurements to ensure you have enough space for whatever stitch you may want to use.

FYI... We can also engrave stitch lines onto your tags to make sewing even easier!

B - Iron on Adhesive: 

Spotted Zebra uses a commercial grade heat activated adhesive backing on all our iron tags.

To Attach Iron on tags:

1. Place your garment on a solid flat surface (or shaped for hats etc)

2. Peel the tape off the adhesive backing on your tags/patches

3. Place your tag/patch on the desired location on the garment and apply Medium pressure with an iron at 350 F

We do recommend using parchment paper over the tags to keep the ironing process clean.

FYI... Although we have tested our iron adhesive onto a polycotton material thru 12+ wash/dry cycles, for applications requiring high durability and/or more frequent washing, we do recommend sewing tags in addition to the iron on adhesive. 

C - Rivets:  Rivets are small metal fasteners that are punched through both the tag and the garment fabric, then secured on the other side.  This method offers a permanent sturdy attachment and can add a decorative element to your tags.  Spotted Zebra offers many colours and sizes of rivets to ensure your tags are attached sturdily and adds to the overall aesthetic design of your tags.

 FYI... Rivet sizing is very important to ensure your tags are attached securely to your garment/item.  Please see the rivet sizing chart as a guideline. We also sell the rivet tool for proper installation.


D. Chicago Screws:   Chicago screws consist of two threaded metal pieces (a screw and a barrel) that are used to sandwich the fabric and tag together.  They provide a secure attachment that can be easily undone if needed, making them suitable for reusable or interchangeable tags. However, unless glued together, they can easily be taken apart.  Spotted Zebra does not currently sell Chicago screws, but we will work with you to ensure your tags are produced to accommodate the specific Chicago screws you may want to use.

Step 2: Prepare Your Item

Before attaching the tag or patch, ensure that your item is clean and free from any wrinkles or creases. This will ensure a smooth and secure attachment. If necessary, iron or steam your item to create a flat surface for the attachment.

Step 3: Position the Tag or Patch

Decide on the desired placement of your tag or patch. Consider the size, shape, and design of your item to determine the most visually appealing position. It's recommended to place the tag or patch on a flat surface, such as the back of a garment or the corner of a bag, for optimal visibility.

Step 4: Attach the Tag or Patch

Depending on the attachment method you've chosen, follow any specific instructions provided by the garment manufacturer. If sewing, use a needle and thread to securely stitch the tag or patch onto your item. If using Spotted Zebra supplied iron-on tags, apply heat (350 F) and pressure (Medium) for a strong bond.  If using rivet attachments, align the rivets and use the rivet setting tool to secure them in place.

Step 5: Test the Attachment

Once the tag or patch is attached, give it a gentle tug to ensure it is securely in place. If using an iron-on adhesive method, wait until the tag and garment have cooled sufficiently before testing the attachment. It's important to ensure that the tag or patch will withstand regular use and washing without coming loose.

Step 6: Enjoy Your Personalized Creation

Now that your tag or patch is securely attached, you can proudly showcase your personalized creation. Whether it's a garment, bag, quilt, or any other handmade item, the added touch of a customized tag or patch will make it truly one-of-a-kind.

Remember, the attachment method and durability may vary depending on the materials used for your item and the specific tag or patch. Always consider any special care requirements for your personalized creations.

With these simple steps, you can confidently attach tags and patches to your garments and other items, adding a personalized touch that reflects your unique style and creativity.