How to Reattach Iron-On Letters and Appliques

If you’ve been a high school graduate for a couple of decades, it is safe to say that all of your old and cherished sweatshirts are fitted with those era-evident, iron-on letters and appliqués. From sportsmen jackets and volleyball team sweatshirts to cheerleading uniforms, marching band blazers, and more, the variety of garments used for iron-on lettering is endless. Even modern-day clothing has them, especially children’s’ apparel. Regardless of which garment you have with pressed-on letters, it is frustrating when they begin to peel off or come detached. Fortunately, there is a way to fix this.

Continue reading to learn how to reattach iron-on letters and appliqués with a few simple steps and materials, and an emergency fail-safe approach if nothing seems to work for you.

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What You Will Need to Reattach Pressed-On Letters

The type of supplies you will need to reattach ironed-on letters and appliqués will include both tools and materials. Here’s a go-to list that can be found in the local department or craft store:

☑ Sewing Machine
☑ Iron
☑ Ironing Board
☑ Scissors
☑ Paper-Backed Fusible Web (Lightweight)
☑ Matching Thread
☑ Parchment Paper

How to Fix Iron-On Letters

Getting started is simple. First gather all of your supplies and be sure they are within grasp, then turn on your iron recording to the fusible webs manufacturer’s instructions.

Your next step will be to apply your fusible web. It is important to use a lightweight fusible web. If you use fusible web that is too heavy, your garment will be very stiff.

Lay out your parchment paper on the ironing board. Then place your garment or detached letters right-side down on the parchment paper.

Now using your scissors and fusible web, trace around the letters or appliqués that are to be reattached as best you can. The fusible web cutouts should be just a bit larger.

Next, place the fusible web on top of the lettering or appliqués that are being reattached, rough side down.

Then iron over the fusible web until the backing is adhered to the items being reattached.

Once the letters or appliqués have cooled completely, cut away any excess fusible web around the letters or appliqué.

Reapplication Instructions for Ironed-On Letters and Appliqués

Your next stage of the project is to apply the lettering or appliqués back onto the garment. To begin, lay the garment out on your ironing board as flat as possible.

Then arrange the lettering or appliqués in place as they were originally designed on the garment.

Next, use a piece of parchment paper or clean rag to press on top of the lettering to ensure they have a solid connection to the garment. Be careful not to move any of your items out of place when you do this.

With the parchment paper on top of the letters or appliqués, use your iron to press them down carefully.

Lastly, allow the items to cool before moving it again. And you are done!

Pro Tip #1: Although the fusible web should do the trick, you can further secure your letters or appliqués in place if you sew them to the garment. This is where your sewing machine will come in handy. Just be sure to keep the stitching even on all edges to prevent the unappealing curling effect.

Pro Tip #2: Take good care when washing your embellished garments. Turn it inside out and wash on delicate cycle in cold water. Tumble dry low or lay flat to dry. If you choose to iron, use a very low setting.

Have you had a little bit of trouble reattaching the lettering or appliqués to your favorite garment? If so, contact Yong’s Alterations for superior clothing repair services in Indianapolis, Indiana at the most competitive prices in town. We can usually offer same day service!

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