True South Antarctica Flag Iron-On Patch
We are proud to print and sell True South in close collaboration with Evan Townsend, the flag's designer. His passion and love for the continent of Antarctica and its conservation is contagious and we couldn't be more excited to be a part of this initiative.
✍️ The Design: The True South Flag was designed by Evan Townsend in the winter of 2018 on the continent of Antarctica. The first iteration was made from the scraps of canvas tents and field bags. His design consists of horizontal stripes of navy and white that represent the long days and nights at Antarctica's extreme latitude. In the center, a lone white peak erupts from a field of snow and ice, echoing those of the bergs, mountains, and pressure ridges that define the Antarctic horizon. The long shadow it casts forms the unmistakable shape of a compass arrow pointed south. Together, the two center shapes create a diamond, symbolizing the hope that Antarctica will continue to be a center of peace, discovery, and cooperation for generations to come.
- Set the iron to medium-high heat, place a thin piece of fabric between the iron and the patch to prevent damage to the patch, and iron it on to fabric of your choice. Keep heat on patch for 3-5 minutes, moving the iron consistently, to secure patch adhesive. Gently check patches security by lifting a corner. If it comes up easily, it needs more time under the heat; if it doesn't budge, you're good to rock it!
- Machine washable (washing machine or dishwasher)
If applying your patch to a new clothing item be sure to pre-wash the item beforehand (without fabric softener).
Peel off the paper backing behind the patch and lightly apply it onto your preferred item. You can still move the patch around at this point to get the right positioning.
Once the placement is juuuust right apply firm pressure, preferably using a hard object, to all areas of the patch (especially the edges). Pressure is the key factor for a strong bond!
To seal the bond, blow a hair dryer to the backside of the patch through the fabric for 10-15 minutes, or directly onto the patch if on a non-fabric item. For fabric items you can also throw them in the dryer for 15 minutes on low heat to seal the bond.
Wait 72 hours before machine washing and wash separately from other clothing when washing for the first time. Turn patched garment inside out before washing/drying and do not dry on hot setting.
While the adhesive backing on the patch is designed to stick specifically to wearables (including leather) and other fabric materials, you can also place your patches on non-fabric items such as a laptop, phone case, journal, and so on. However, Outpatch only recommends applying patches to those items if you are ok with a permanent application. For these kinds of items remember to apply heat with a hair dryer for at least 10-15 minutes to seal the bond. Of course be sure that the item you're applying the patch to can withstand the heat as well!
Outpatch donates a set portion of each patch sale to a community-based nonprofit supporting the place or cause that patch represents.
When selecting nonprofit partners, their aim is to ensure funds end up with the people best positioned to decide how to positively impact their communities. This means they look for nonprofits that are led by members of the community they serve because surprisingly little is invested in them.