I am super excited to show you all how to apply Heat Transfer Vinyl to a hat! Hat making can be super fun and as you can imagine it can get pretty creative! One of the first hats that I ever made was for my brother who loves fishing! He loves it so much, and has worn it so many times that it’s almost time for me to make him a new one! Here is a picture of it when I first made it for him!
Let’s Get Started
It’s time to purchase a plain baseball hat. You will use heat transfer vinyl that will be applied by using the Cricut Heat Press, or household iron. The trick to ironing your design on is making sure that you support your project on the inside so you can have that resistance to apply the correct amount of pressure. The best way to do this is by using a small hand towel. You can roll it up and place it on the inside of the hat wall.
So What are the Materials Needed for this project?
- A Basic Plain Hat
- Cricut Heat Press (set to 320 degrees) or a Household Iron
- Heat Tape to Secure the Design on your hat
- Hand Towel
- Parchment Paper
- Stencil Design Cutout
The first thing you need to do is create your design using your Cricut machine. If you are new to Cricut or need a refresher on how to create a design using Cricut check out this wonderful tutorial to get you started quickly!
For Some Great Hat Designs, click here to see our huge collection of HTV SVG’s available for an instant download! You can upload the design instantly!
Steps To Creating Your Hat:
- The first step you will need to do is to make sure you secure your heat transfer vinyl down. You will take your towel and roll it up and fit it into the inner part of the hat. This will give the hat a secure shape that will inevitably help with pressing the stencil onto the hat without it shifting and moving around.
- Place your stenciled design and put it where you want it on the hat.
- Using a Ruler measure, make sure that it is leveled properly on the hat. Try to flatten the design as best as you can so remove any bubbles.
- It is now time to tape your design down. Use the heat tape to secure your design to the hat. This will make applying the heat easier. Your design will now hold in place. Make sure to tape all four sides of your design.
- Set your Cricut Heat Press to 320 degrees, or heat up your household iron. It is important to note to applying a small amount of pressure to the hat. I like to use parchment paper on top and then use the iron so that I am not directly applying heat to the stencil. Press it gently and remove the heat and parchment paper.
- Check to see that the stencil is applied and that the vinyl is not peeling off. If it is, don’t worry. Gently use your finger to press it down, and then follow the steps in 5 by applying more heat to the design.
- You Are Now Done! It is ready to be worn, or gifted!
Check out this Great DIY Tutorial Video that will show you step by step how to make your hat using the Cricut Machine!