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Three simple ways to customize baseball caps

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1) Hand draw

What you’ll need:

  • Baseball cap
  • Fabric paint and pens
  • A pencil

Step 1) Choose a design by either letting your creativity come into play or searching the Internet for inspiration. Sketch out your chosen design with a pencil.

Step 2) Using a brush, apply fabric paint onto the design. Depending on your design, you may need to use fabric pens to trace or write letters.

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2) Iron-on

What you’ll need:

  • Baseball cap
  • A clothing iron
  • Patches of your choice

Step 1) Apply the patch wherever you want onto the cap.

Step 2) Press the hot iron on it for 15 seconds at a time until it is completely stuck on.

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3) Hand embroidery

What you’ll need:

  • Baseball cap
  • Embroidery floss (you can buy colors individually or in packs at fabric and craft stores)
  • An embroidery needle (they come in varied sizes but get a needle that has an elongated eye so the embroidery floss will fit through it)
  • White pencil (optional)

Step 1) Sketch the outline of your chosen design. Use a white pencil if your cap is a dark color so it is easier to see.

Step 2) Cut a piece of floss in the color of your choice. Cut as much floss as you think you may need for the amount of space you are going to sew (you can always cut more later if you need to later).  

Step 3) Thread your needle and tie a knot near the eye so the floss will not slip out. Tie another knot at the end of your floss so it will not run through your cap while you are stitching.

Step 4) Make your first stitch which is a basic split stitch. Starting on the inside of the cap, stick the needle from the back of the fabric through to the front of the cap. The knot you made should be on the inside of the cap. Then, do the same again, except in reverse—find a spot a little further along the outline, and push your needle and floss through to the inside of the cap.

Step 5)  Bringing the needle through the front of the hat again, create a cross across the stitch you have just made. Once that is done, continue stitching in and out. Each time, your new stitch will start at and go through the end of your last stitch that is furthest down the outline. Following the outline of your design, repeat steps three and four until the outline is done.

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