Hats with unique designs get noticed. That’s a fact. Have you ever said ‘Where did you get that hat?” to someone you’ve seen who’s wearing a hat with a unique design? If so, they probably answered “I designed it myself’.
There’s nothing more eye-catching than a crisp, bold message on a hat. Many people today want their own custom hats. Whether it’s to advertise a business with a great-looking logo, or to show pride in a hobby, club, or sports team, custom-designed hats are hot!
If you’d like to design your own hat but don’t know where to start, we’re here to help. We understand your frustration. There are lots of design options when it comes to blank hats. There are hat styles, colors, patches, embroidery, and screen printing choices to sort through and more.
Here are some tips to help you design your own hat. Sit back, relax, and read the advice we offer for designing hats yourself.
Choose Your Product: Decide What Type of Hat You Want
The first order of business is to choose the type of blank hat you’d like. Take a look at the main choices in blank hats below. Then decide what type you’d like to design.
- Blank unconstructed 5-panel hats
- Blank unconstructed 6-panel hats
- Blank dad caps
- Blank beanies
Unconstructed 5 and 6-panel hats are baseball cap-style hats. These hats are available with flat or curved bill options and can have different closure types on the backsides like fitted, buckle or “slide”, snap-back or velcro closures.
Blank dad caps are more relaxed baseball cap-style hats. These hats are less constructed than panel hats to promote a look of casual comfort. Dad caps have either standard or short bill lengths.
Blank beanies are close-fitting, cuffed, brimless hats. Originally designed for cold weather wear, the cuffs on beanies can be pulled down to warm the ears.
Once you’ve picked your blank hat type, half the battle’s over. Now you can move on to the next tip for designing your own hat.
Be sure to also check out “Here’s How to Choose Hats For Your Face Shape” for a guide on choosing the correct hat size for you.
Choose Your Color Scheme: Pick your Favorite Color(s)
Blank hats come in lots and lots of colors. Think carefully about the design you’d like to put on your blank hat before choosing a hat color. This way, you can sort through the myriad of hat color choices to eliminate those colors that won’t match or worse, clash with your custom design. Try to pick a hat color or colors, that match up nicely with your unique design.
Select the Hat Material
Blank hats are made using many different materials. For example, blank beanies can be made of wool, rib-knit yarn, or mixed thread acrylic, just to name a few. Blank unconstructed hats and dad caps can be made of 100% cotton, cotton/poly twill, denim, poly mesh, corduroy, etc.
Once you’ve chosen your hat type, simply look to see what material choices you have with that chosen hat, then pick your favorite available material.
Create Your Design: Make Your Final Design Choice
You can either use a design you already have in mind for your hat’s patch, label, or embroidery or create your own design from scratch. Of course, things will be a bit easier if you’ve already got your design ready. But if not, don’t worry. Custom hat makers like Delusion Mfg. can help you create your design.
When you go through the custom hat creation process, you’ll be guided along the way including when adding an image, text, or message to your custom hat. There are many font choices to sort through, decisions to make regarding the positioning of your label, patch or print, etc.
Unsure? No Worries. Ask for Samples
If you’re unsure of what type of label or patch to put on your hat, you can request samples. Once you’ve ordered samples, you’ll receive a sample package in the mail with an assortment of different styles, fits, materials, and embellishments.
You can expect your sample pack to include examples of PU leather patches, real leather patches, embroidery patches, woven patches, labels, and satin-printed label examples.
When you’re able to see and feel the various choices you have in custom patches, embroidery, and labels it will be easy to choose your custom design.
While it does take a little time to design your own hat, the process is relatively easy! When you’ve completed the steps above and have ordered your hat, you’ll be filled with anticipation while your custom hat is being crafted from scratch. When your hat is done, you’ll be thrilled with the results!
Expect many looks of approval and compliments when you’re wearing your new custom-designed hat. Wear that hat, cap, or beanie with pride and take good care of it!
The team at Delusion Mfg is always here to help you. If you have any questions about custom blank hats or need some design ideas or tips, get in touch with us and we’ll gladly help.