Find out how to get started with custom hat embroidery and start creating giveaways that are in demand.
Take Time To Plan
As with almost everything in life, if you take some time to plan out your custom hat embroidery project ahead of time you'll have an end product you can be proud of. Before you start buying hats, think about your end goal. Who are they for? Where will they be worn? Then make selections that support your goal. For example, giving away beanies at a golf event probably isn't the best idea. Choose the best hat for your audience.
Custom Hat Embroidery Tips
1. The Hat Must Fit The Design. Getting the image to look great on a hat depends a great deal on the hat itself. Specifically, it depends on the amount of embroiderable space on the hat. Don't try to cram a too-large design onto a small hat. You'll end up with a hat that doesn't fit or lay right, an image that is overwhelming and regret that you ever took on this project in the first place. Match the hat to the design. ALWAYS check the amount of embroiderable space and confirm with your embroiderer that your design will still fit (and look great!) before you start the embroidery work. Graphics can be reworked easily. Poorly embroidered hats can't.
2. Work As Partners. It doesn't matter if you're the embroiderer or the customer. You both need to work together from the outset to ensure the custom hat embroidery project goes smoothly and the end product meets expectations. Embroiderers can guide the customers in choosing the best hat styles for their design and customers can help them by sharing their ultimate goal for the project. Working together to perfect the design means the customers get the images they want and the embroiderer gets a project they can handle. Open communication is key.
3. Don't Forget The Details. Small details can make or break a custom hat embroidery project. Keep a few things in mind as you finalize your project.
• Be Aware of Resizing Limitations. The type of file you use, stitch or outline, determines how much the design can be resized before it loses clarity. A general rule of thumb is not to resize stitch files by more than 10%. Outline files can be resized up to 20%.
• Measure, Measure, Measure. Do not eyeball it. Always measure and measure again to check design placement and ensure the image is positioned where you want it.
Give Away Hats Customers Clamor For
If you keep all that in mind you'll have the most popular giveaway hats at the event and a customer-embroiderer relationship that can last through many more events.