Have you seen these cute hats on Pinterest and Etsy? I love them so I had to figure out how to make them. You will need a few things to complete this project. I’ll show you how to make burlap patches for hats.
What You Will Need to Make Burlap Patches for Hats
These cute distressed ponytail caps came from Opentip.com. The best part, they are $3.99 each. Can’t beat that! Finding the burlap was a little trickier. It’s not actually burlap but rather a polyester fabric that looks like burlap. This is key in getting the sublimation to work. Joann has the fabric. Catch it on sale, and it’s $14.99 a yard. You won’t need more than half a yard. This project requires a sublimation printer, this is mine, as well as sublimation paper. If you haven’t ventured into sublimation yet, check out my post on how to get started on the cheap. You will also need a heat press, small iron, and Heat n Bond.
I used my Cricut Maker to cut my patches. Simply, insert shapes and make them your desired dimensions. If you do not have a Cricut Maker, you can cut the fabric with scissors or a rotary blade. I purchased a bundle of summer themed images from DesignBundles.net. I use Photoshop to size the images and print, but you can use whatever software you have and like.
Trim the images by hand so that they fit the cut burlap patches. This fabric has an obvious front and back. The front has the noticeable burlap pattern and the back of the fabric is much smoother. Attach the sublimation paper to the front of the patches and secure with heat tape. I included a link to tape I’m currently using, but I have read good things about Cricut’s heat tape, and I will try that soon when I run out of yellow tape.
Press the patches at 385 degrees for 50 seconds.
To get the tattered edges, I used my seam ripper to pull off strands and fray the edges. If you don’t have a seam ripper you could also use your weeding tool!
Attaching the Patches to the Hats
Cut three strips of Heat n Bond and apply to the back of the patch using a small craft iron. Remove paper from the tape and attach patch to hat. I used a rolled up hand towel in the hat to hold its form while I ironed on the patch. Watch my video to see how it’s done.
Now if you want to do this project, but you don’t have a sublimation printer, you can purchase these patches on Etsy.
I hope you will make yourself a cute hat for this summer.