Embroidering a hat can prove to be a bit of a challenge even for the most experienced. The curved shape and the variations in fabric can make it a bit difficult.
Fortunately, Shmoxd on YouTube exists, and once again, he’s here to save the day. First thing’s first: you’ll need a hat, obviously. Shmoxd grabbed his from a thrift store. Any hat works!
If the hat is already embroidered and you want to get rid of the older design, all you’ll need is a seam ripper and an exacto knife. Start by using the ripper in the front and saw the thread with the exacto knife on the underside. This should remove all the threads.
There may be little fuzzy bits left over from the thread being removed. You can just use some tape to get rid of that. Easy! Now on to making the hat itself exactly how you want.
Shmoxd wanted his hat to look older, so he took a spray bottle with some water and bleach and sprayed it down. After that, he neutralized it with water and hydrogen peroxide.
He made a few different hats, so he dyed a white hat black. You can dye your hat any way you want it to look, or even tie dye it if you want!
Wait for the hats to completely dry if you bleach or dye them. Now, it’s time to embroider. Draw up the design you want (or print it, if you want), and use a water-soluble pencil to draw that design on the hat, too.
Take the paper design that isn’t on the hat and color code it. This will help with the actual embroidery later when you’re using the floss and figuring out where each color will go.
Now, use an embroidery hoop to flatten the fabric and keep everything in place, and start embroidering. Use the grain of the hat the make the directions of the stitches.
So to end the stitch, stitch the last stitch into the back, then from the back, split the floss in half. Take one half and thread it through a previous stitch, then make a square knot, and you’re all set!
Watch Shmoxd make his hats in the video below and get started on making your own. It’s way easier than it looks!