American Flag Patches

American Flag Patches

Left Shoulder or Right Shoulder?

Have you ever wondered why there are American Flag patches with the field of blue on the “wrong” side of the patch? That “wrong” side is actually right…for the right shoulder that is.

When selecting American Flag patches, be sure you know which shoulder it goes on – don’t get caught with your actor on camera with the American Flag patch on the wrong sleeve!

American Flag patches with the field of blue on the left as shown below are to be placed on the LEFT shoulder of the garment.

American Flag patches with the field of blue on the right as shown below are to be placed on the RIGHT shoulder of the garment.

The American Flag appearing as backwards on the right shoulder gives the observer the impression that the flag is flowing back as the person who is wearing the flag is moving forward. When approved for wear, the American Flag replica is to be sewn 1/2 inch below the shoulder seam.