I have to admit, it’s hard for me to resist a cute hat. Especially when the weather is sunny and I’m trying to keep my nose from getting sunburned! ;) So when I saw this beautiful baseball cap that Inna over at The Faithful Thread created, I just loved it! Adorable and practical? I’m sold! Inna is an artist who uses wool to “paint” the most beautiful pet portraits, and she often incorporates hand embroidery into her work too. She was generous enough to share a step-by-step tutorial and pattern demonstrating how she embroidered this baseball cap so that you can make one as well!
- Baseball cap or a hat with a soft, not reinforced top. I found mine at Hobby Lobby.
- Printable Sticky Fabri-Solvy
- 4” embroidery hoop
- DMC embroidery floss 4200 for the rose (one skein if you’re stitching just the flower outline, two skeins for the satin stitch fill) and 906 and 905 for the leaves
- Size 5 embroidery needle
- Rose template (Download the PDF)
1. Print the template on Fabri-Solvy. For my project I printed it scaled down to 25%.
2. Cut the design out, leaving an ample space around it.
3. Remove the sticky back and position the design on your hat, making sure it’s not too close to the visor that you can’t fit the hoop. You can certainly embroider without the hoop, but I found that the final result looks much better using the hoop.
4. Fit the embroidery hoop around your design and make sure that the fabric is taut , but not too stretched.
5. I like to outline the design with back stitch or split stitch before embroidering with satin stitch. You can certainly just do the outline, which looks really nice by itself. Use all 6 strands of the embroidery floss.
6. If you decide to go on with it, use satin stitch to fill in the petals and leaves.
7. When you’re done, remove the hoop and soak the hat in warm water for a few minutes. The Fabri-Solvy will start breaking down immediately, but you can help it by moving the fabric around in the water.
8. Rinse well and dry.
It’s done! You can make different designs using this method or just sketch on the hat with a water-soluble pen.
Inna is a homeschooling mother of three, an introvert with a passion for fiber arts.
She creates custom needle felted and embroidered pet portraits with an utmost attention to the details and a goal to capture the expression and temperament of each dog or cat as true to life as possible. She loves giving thoughtful gifts and her greatest joy is to see people’s faces light up when they see their pet’s portrait for the first time.