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Pins vs Patches: Which Are Right For You?

Are you looking to create promotional items for brand awareness, personalised wedding favours, or new products to diversify your range? 

Custom pins and patches are a great way to showcase your style or promote your brand. But with so many options available, how do you choose between enamel pins and patches?

In this article, we’ll compare pins and patches to help you decide which is the perfect choice for you.

A collection of funky pins for brand awareness and product diversity.

Enamel Pins: A Classic Accessory

Enamel pins have been around for centuries and have become a popular accessory once again in recent years. We make pin badges by stamping a design onto a metal base and then filling in the design with coloured enamel. The pins are fired in a kiln to create a smooth, glossy finish.

A wooden Made by Cooper pin badge on a brown craft backing card.

Pin Designs for Every Style

One of the most significant advantages of enamel pins is the wide range of designs available. From cute and quirky to sleek and sophisticated, there’s a pin design for every style. You can even create your custom design to truly make a statement.

Enamel pins are also available in various sizes, from small and subtle to large and eye-catching, allowing you to curate a diverse portfolio of products or really go to town with your creativity.

A pin badge of a classic book shop with the name

Versatile and Portable

Enamel pins are versatile and can be worn on a variety of items, from clothing and bags to hats and shoes. They can also be easily removed and transferred to different items, making them portable accessories that can be taken wherever you go.

A collection of embroidered and woven patches. Bright and colourful designs for every occasion.

Patches: A Timeless Embellishment

People have used patches for centuries to decorate clothing and help identify groups and organisations. They are made by stitching a design onto a fabric backing, creating a textured and durable embellishment.

Two beautifully designed patches. One the silhouette of a woman's head, she has flowers in the her hair and the words 'Brave & Strong' are embroidered in stunning yellow thread. The second patch is a pale blue swallow with a banner that reads 'Be Kind'.

Endless Design Possibilities

Patches offer endless design possibilities, as they can be created in any shape, size, and colour. They can also be made with various materials, such as cotton, polyester, or even leather, allowing you to create a patch that perfectly fits your organisation's style.

Ooni pizza oven embroidered patches that perfectly embody their brand.

Perfect for Bold Designs

Patches are an excellent choice for bold and intricate designs. Embroidered or woven patches allows for more detail and texture, making them the perfect choice for logos, illustrations, and other complex designs.

Vox Fresh pink and orange PVC pin badges.
A woven patch that advertise the town of Kingston Upon Hull.

Enamel Pins vs Patches: Which is Right For You?

Now that we’ve explored the features of enamel pins and patches let’s compare them to help you decide which is the perfect choice.


When it comes to design, enamel pins and patches both offer unique advantages. Enamel pins are perfect for small, detailed designs, while patches are better suited for larger, more intricate designs. Consider the type of design you want to create and choose the option that best showcases your vision.


Enamel pins are versatile and can be worn on a variety of items, while patches are typically limited to clothing and accessories with a flat surface. When deciding between patches and pins, consider your target audience and what they're likely to do with your products.

Artist or illustrator with fun and quirky designs? They're perfect for pin badges. Run an outdoor apparel company looking for rugged and robust merch? Patches!

Ease- of-Use

Enamel pins are portable and can be easily transferred between items, while patches are more permanent once they are sewn or ironed on. If you like to switch up your accessories frequently, enamel pins may be the better option. However, patches may be the way to go if you want a more permanent addition to your clothing or accessories.


The cost of making enamel pins and patches can vary depending on the design, size, and quantity. Enamel pins tend to be more affordable than patches, while patches tend to have a more substantial resale value than pin badges.

How to Create the Perfect Pin or Patch Design

Whether you choose enamel pins or patches, the design is the key to creating a standout accessory. Here are some tips for creating the perfect pin or patch design:

Keep it Simple

When it comes to pins and patches, less is often more. Stick to a simple design that will be easily recognisable and eye-catching.

Consider the Size

The size of your pin or patch will impact the level of detail you can include in your design. Keep this in mind when creating your design to ensure it will translate well onto the final product.

Use Bold Colors

Bold, vibrant colours will make your pin or patch stand out and attract attention. Consider using complementary colours or a pop of neon to make your design truly unique.

Make it Personal

Whether you’re creating a pin or patch for yourself or your brand, make it personal. Incorporate elements that are meaningful to you or your brand to create a design that truly represents you.

A cheerful sloth inside a disco ball exclaims
A striking woven patch depicts a sunset over a lake and mountain range scenery. A small boat floats on the water while the sun sets in a purple and pink sky.

Key Takeaways

Enamel pins and embroidered or woven patches add a personal touch to your clothing or accessories. Consider the design, versatility, portability, and cost when choosing between the two. And remember, the key to creating a standout accessory is in the design, so take your time and make it personal. With the right design, we can help you produce the perfect pin or patch for your business, shop, or organisation. Get in touch today to get a quote for your pins and patches.

Made by Cooper
25 September 2020

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