The experienced staff at Advantage Emblem and Screen Printing is ready to guide you effortlessly through the process of creating a stylish custom patch.  Our graphic design team will use your idea and design specifications to create a computer generated image. We provide a choice of the following production methods to turn your design into a high-quality, lasting work of art. Minimum quantities apply.


Embroidered Patches Combination Patches Printed Patches
An embroidered patch is created by stitching threads in different directions, densities, angles and colors onto twill fabric. Embroidered text should be ¼” or taller for a 3 inch patch and 3/8” for a 4 or 5 inch patch. For clear and visible lettering, use contrasting colors. Combination patches bring together the fine detail of photo-realistic printed images with the quality and dimension of traditional stitched patches. The result is an amazing new look to a time-honored product! Learn more about combination patches by clicking here. All elements of the design including the background, text and graphics are permanently printed on the patch. There is no limitation on the number of colors, text size or color gradients and no need to be concerned with the percentage of embroidery coverage. Our printed patches are washable, dry cleanable, and fade-proof.



We can create patches of all types of shapes. Irregular shaped patches require a laser cut border. 

Patch Size

Patch size is determined by adding the length of the patch plus the width of the patch and dividing the sum by 2.

For example, a 3 inch by 5 inch patch has a patch size of 4 inch:  (3+5)/2=4 

Patch Border (Edge) Options

  • Merrow border is the typical edge choice for regular shape patches such as circles, rectangles or ovals.
  • A laser cut border is required for irregular shape patches. There is no additional charge for patches stitched with a laser cut border.

Thread and Twill Colors for Embroidered Patches

Fully embroidered patch: All elements of the design are stitched and twill fabric is not visible in the design.

Partially embroidered patch: The background twill color is not stitched and is visible.

Color Match: We will do our best to choose the twill and thread color that best matches the final artwork. Exact color matches are not always possible.  You may specify the thread and twill color using the charts below.  You can also provide PMS colors if you know the PMS colors you want for the custom patch.  Please be aware that all computer monitors display colors differently.  The colors you see on the monitor may not accurately reflect the actual color of your design.

Number of thread colors:  Standard pricing for embroidered patches, includes up to 9 thread colors.  Patches with more than 9 thread colors will incur an additional charge.

Specialty Twill:  Felt, fluorescent and metallic twill colors are available for an additional charge.  See the twill chart below for colors and specialty twill options.

Specialty threads: Metallic, florescent, glow in the dark and ultra violet threads are available at an additional charge.   


Backing and Other Options

Patches come standard with or without plastic backing.  Other backing options available for an additional charge are heat seal, self-adhesive and Velcro®. Button loops can be added per request. Additional charges may apply.

Production Time

Once the artwork is approved and you have confirmed the order quantity and payment information, please allow 3 -4 weeks for your custom patch order to ship out from our facility in Duluth, MN. If your order is needed sooner, ask about our special rush orders. Please let us know when requesting a price if your patches are needed for a specific event and date.

Production Sample

A pre-production sample of the stitched patch can be ordered for $65.00 plus shipping.  Please allow two weeks for the sample patch production.  Ordering a pre-production sample will add to the time required for the production of your order.