How To Attach Scout Badges Without Sewing

The Scout Badge is a source of pride and achievement for Scouts of all ages. Whether it's a merit badge, a rank badge, or a custom badge made just for your Scout troop, having them affixed to your uniform or belt is an important part of the Scouting experience.

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When it comes to Scout badges, a common question that often comes up is whether it can be affixed to clothing in another way that replaces sewing. As a badge maker and custom badge enthusiast, I'm here to tell you, the answer is YES! The most widely used method is to use ironing to fix the Scout badge.


Advantages of ironing:

Iron-on Scout badges offer several advantages that make them the preferred method for badge application:


  1. Convenience: Applying badges using an iron is a quick and hassle-free process. It requires no needle or thread and is suitable for those who may not have sewing skills or a sewing machine.


  1. Durability: If done correctly, ironing on badges can be as durable as sewing. The key is to make sure the backing of the badge seal fits correctly to the fabric. This will prevent the badge from falling off, even after multiple washes.


  1. Clean look: Ironed badges often result in a neater, more professional appearance. There are no visible seams or loose threads, giving your Scout uniform a polished look.


How to Iron a Scout Badge:

Now, let us walk you through the steps for ironing your Scout badge:


Materials you need:

- Scout Uniform

- Scout Badge

- iron

- ironing board or towels



  1. Prepare the uniform: Place the uniform on a clean, flat surface, such as an ironing board or a towel on a table. Make sure it has no wrinkles.


  1. Place the Badge: Place the Scout Badge in the desired location on the uniform. Make sure it is properly centered and aligned.


  1. Heated iron: Set the iron to a temperature appropriate for the uniform fabric. Check the badge description for recommended heat settings.


  1. Cover with fabric: To protect the badge and your uniform, place a thin piece of fabric (such as cotton) over the badge. This fabric acts as a barrier between the iron and the badge.


  1. Heat: Gently press the hot iron onto the fabric-covered badge. Apply steady, even pressure for about 20-30 seconds. Make sure no steam is used during this process.


  1. Cool and check: Let the badge cool for a minute or two. Then, carefully remove the fabric covering. Check the edges of the badge to make sure it is firmly attached to the uniform.


  1. Test Wash: To ensure that the badge retains its original shape, it is best to wash your uniform according to the care instructions on the badge. If the badge manufacturer did a good job with the adhesive backing, it should stay firmly attached.


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In addition to ironing, here are some other options that don’t require sewing the custom badges:


  1. Hard hook and loop tape (Velcro)

Velcro or hard hook and loop tape is a versatile and widely used method of attaching patches or badges to uniforms. Badges UK also makes badges with this back material. Not only is this option safe, but it can also be easily removed and reinstalled. Simply stick one side of the tape to the back of the badge and the other side to the uniform. When it's time to replace, simply pull the badge off and apply a new one.


  1. Glue gun

For a quick and easy solution, consider using a glue gun. Apply a small amount of fabric glue to the back of the badge and press it to the uniform. Make sure the glue is suitable for the fabric and always test it on a small area first to avoid any unnecessary damage.


  1. Hair straightener

Surprisingly, you can use a hair straightener to fix a badge in the same way as ironing, as they work on the same principle. Simply place the badge where you want it on the uniform, cover it with a cloth to protect the fabric, and apply heat with a hair straightener.


  1. Customized patch badges

For a unique and stylish alternative, consider custom patch lapel pins. These pins feature a badge-like design and pin backing to easily attach to your uniform. Because it only needs to be fixed with a pin, it will also be simpler than sewing and easy to replace.


  1. Tiles

Magnetic patches are an excellent option for those who want a removable badge option. One side of the patch contains magnets, while the other side adheres to your uniform. These patches are great for situations where you may need to switch badges frequently.


  1. Button Ring Patch

Button loop patches feature a loop of fabric or string that attaches to a button on your uniform.


Scouts can earn badges for a variety of activities and achievements, from outdoor skills to community service. As they progress on their scouting journey, these badges accumulate, creating a beautiful display tapestry of experience and accomplishments. Each newly added award is placed next to the previous award, arranged in a neat army-like row, symbolizing the growth and commitment of the scouts.