Dec 4, 2018 No.16
Here are a few words about something we're often asked about: Patch size. Because there is no rule to follow regarding patch size, we thought we'd share our 30+ years of experience in the patch biz and suggest some guidelines.
Here's a summary of the content of this newsletter for those who don't want or need the details.
• Most fun patches are memorabilia
• The more important the event, the bigger the patch (usually)
• To get the most value, make sure the patch size is correctly calculated.
• Buying small patches because of limited space on the garment may result in lost memories and unrealized nostalgia.
• Always keep the end-user in mind when buying patches.
And here are the details.
PATCH SIZE MATTERS
The bigger the patch, the more stuff (content) it can contain. And, for souvenir (memorabilia) patches, this is important because more content (done properly) can mean more memories and nostalgia for the end-user later in life.
CALCULATING PATCH SIZE
Patch size is determined by averaging the height and width of the patch. In other words, draw a rectangular (or square) box around the patch to determine the patch's height and width. Then add the dimensions together and divide the result by two. However, be careful to take the patch orientation into account.
For example; the diamond shaped patch shown below will yield a patch size of 4.2 inches when measured as a diamond. However, when turned 45 degrees and measured as a square, the size becomes 3 inches. The actual space the patch consumes (area) is the same in both cases. However, when measured as a diamond there is considerable wasted space in the dimension box and wasted money when it comes time to pay for the patch.
The same caution applies to all odd shaped patches.
The orientation of the design in the dimension box should yield the most patch and the least empty space.