How to Customize Your Favorite Cap by Decorating It With Embroidery


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Baseball caps will always be in style. Maybe you’re rooting for a sports team, or maybe you just like how they look. But if they're feeling a little flat for you, you're in luck; there’s a crafty trend that is reimagining these everyday caps. Embroidery—particularly flowers—are adorning cotton baseball caps and offering some stitchy flair to the accessory.

While many wearers of embroidered caps chose to buy them already stitched—and that’s perfectly fine—you might want to try and make your own. After all, it’s easy to find the materials needed for this DIY project. You can get everything you need at a local craft store. And because embroidery is a forgiving craft, if you’re not happy with how your hat looks, you can remove the stitches and start again.

Scroll down for a supplies list, patterns and tutorials, and buy-it-now options for embroidered hats.


Embroidered Hats Supplies List

This craft requires very little in the way of supplies needed. In fact, if you already embroider, you might only need the hat!

  • Cotton capBaseball caps are the most popular type of hat to use, but you’ll be able to easily stitch onto any hat that’s made of cotton. Look for a “washed” cap for a vintage look.
  • Embroidery floss — When it comes to embroidery thread, the brand DMC is the most popular. It’s not hard to see why—they have over 400 hues to choose from. You’ll want to select five to 10 colors (depending on your design) and use those in your stitching.
  • Embroidery hoop — A hoop will hold your stitching surface taut and make it easier to sew. Look for something that's on the smaller side, as your hat won't be that big. Get looped into embroidery when you check out our guide all about embroidery hoops
  • Embroidery scissors — If you’re investing in embroidery, look for a good pair of scissors. A pair with short, sharp blades will ensure your thread is easy to cut and won’t fray on the ends, making it harder to thread a needle. Check out our comprehensive guide to embroidery scissors
  • Needle — Because you’ll be stitching through a stiffer fabric, you’ll want to secure a sharp needle. Look for needles that are specifically geared towards embroidery.
  • Disappearing ink pen — There are several ways to transfer a design onto a cap, but the most effective might be the disappearing ink marker. This special pen contains ink that will disappear after a couple of days or when it comes in contact with water. Either way, it’s not permanent, so no one will see your marks when your stitching is done.


Patterns and Tutorials to Make Your Own Embroidered Hats


Little Garden Hat Kit


Floral Embroidery Hat Kit


Spring Flower Hat Kit


How to Embroider the Spring Flower Hat Kit


Embroider a Peach Cap 


Stitch a Daisy Cap


Embroider the Front and Back of a Dad Hat


Ready-Made Hand Embroidered Hats You Can Buy


Hand Embroidered Hat


Gardner Baseball Cap

DIY Embroidered Baseball Hat

Vyshyto | $45


Hand Embroidered Baseball Hat


Flower Ladies Baseball Cap


Embroidered Cap


Floral Mountain Cap


Embroidered Bucket Hat


Strawberry Starry Field Hat


Llama Hat


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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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