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The Do’s and Don’t of Designing Your Own Hat

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Finding a unique style seems almost impossible in 2021. There’s a new must-have trend circulating our insta-feeds and TikTok page every week. Despite the popularity of the latest “must-have trends”, they’re seemingly all lacking one thing: a personal connection. 

At CapBeast, we know the struggle of finding clothes and accessories that stand out. Like you, we’re not about blending into the background and wearing the popular trends everyone else is obsessing over. We champion unique, fresh and expressive styles. We want our accessories to reflect us, not the one-hundred other people wearing the same thing. This is why we offer our custom hat design service. 

Customized hats are more than just accessories, they’re the perfect way to express yourself. Showcasing something you’re passionate about through the clothes you wear should be a simple and easy process. We want you to make the most out of our custom hat design options, and show the world who you are and what you’re about.

We know it’s not always easy to unleash your inner artist, especially if it’s not something you’re used to doing. When it comes to designing the perfect hat, there are a few do's and don’ts you need to be aware of. 

We’re going to give you all the important info in this blog post, so you can design an amazing custom hat that our team can bring to life! Let’s get the boring bit out of the way with a few don'ts when it comes to hat design:


Don’t Upload a File Containing Small Text

All our hats are designed using state-of-the-art digital embroidery machines. This means any design you provide us with is sewn onto the hat. Sewing is extremely intricate work. Not all designs are created equal, and some lend themselves to sewing much better than others. To get the most out of your custom hat design, make sure you don’t include small text or gradients in your design. 

We work with a maximum of fifteen colors of thread to create every design. This means our hats are works of intricate and detailed artistry, however, it also means we can’t provide the color gradients some designs require. 

The image below gives you an example of the gradient style not suited to embroidery. 



The text in this design is too small to stitch well, so the final product won’t look great.

Don’t Upload an Image Containing Fine Details

Remember that your design will be sewn into the hat, and thread is not the same as paint or printing. We understand that having a picture of you or a loved one on your hat might feel like the perfect way to make it feel more ‘you’. However, often digitized pictures don’t lend themselves well to embroidery. We suggest opting for images and logos with bold lines and colors to get the most out of our embroidery capabilities. 

Don’t Submit A Trademarked Logo 

Submitting a trademarked logo is a big no-no. We don’t have the legal rights to use and produce these logos, so under no circumstances can we add them to your custom hats. If there’s a design you love, but you’re unsure if it infringes on copyright laws, check online before you submit it to us. This way, we both save time, and you can go on to create a one-of-a-kind hat design that we can produce for you!

Creating your own hat is an opportunity to be creative. Don’t rely on the eyes of others, make your design unique to you. Anyone can buy a hat with a well-known logo or graphic on it, CapBeast provides the opportunity for you to have that one of a kind customized snapback or custom embroidered beanie.

Don’t Use Thin Borders

Finally, be wary of the borders used in your design. Fine lines and small circles smaller than 2 mm are not stitchable. If there is a square within a square and both borders are touching, we don’t want this either! We want to avoid text and logos with close borders as these types of designs are not optimized for embroidery. Use thick lines and try not the “nest” borders.


See the image below to understand how the use of borders can cause an ineffective design. 



These are the things you need to consider for us to be able to bring your designs to life and provide you with your perfect custom hat, with no surprises.

Time for a few more positive points to inspire you budding designers. You probably have hundreds of exciting designs bouncing around your brain when you think of creating your custom dad hats, custom five-panel hat, or embroidered beanies. We’re here to help materialize your ideas. Here are our tips for making the most out of CapBeast’s custom embroidered hats.


Do Use Bold Text

Bold text is the most effective for embroidery. If your design has text, make sure you make this bold. Not only does this help us when it comes to embroidering your design, but it’s also a great styling choice; bold text will stand out and make a statement!

Do Use Solid Colors

Similarly, block colors are the best for our embroidery methods, and they’re sure to stand out!

Use Thick Lines

As mentioned previously, thin lines are a big no-no. Instead, we need thick lines. Thick lines will help us nail your design and enable your customized design to look exactly how you imagined it.

Take a look at this fierce bulldog design. It uses a block-colored bulldog with primary-colored bold text. 

Our talented graphic designers are extremely skilled, but it’s up to you to provide the killer designs they can work with. If you follow this blog post and abide by our dos and don’ts, you can create the perfect design, fit for a customized hat!

The images below show you just how detailed we can be. As long as your design ticks all the ‘Do’s’ boxes, you can have a custom design a detailed and intricate as this:

By following these simple tips, you can create the one-of-a-kind hat design you’ve always wanted. If you want to make a custom snapback, design a hat with your logo, or create a custom embroidered beanie, CapBeast is here to help! We have an array of different hats, high-quality materials, and the skilled graphic designers needed to make your dream hat.

If you need more design inspiration, head to our Instagram. With permission, we’re sharing some of the incredible designs our community is creating every day. 


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