How to Monogram a Baseball Hat Using Fast Frames



   

A hat is such a fun item to have adorned with a monogram. It’s tomboyish, but something about that monogram makes it such girly fun. I’ll be honest, I am growing my short, angle, bobbed hair out just so I can have a ponytail hanging out the back of my hat.

Hats are also one of the most intimidating items to monogram for a monogrammer. A lot of people think that they need the big scary hat hoop to monogram a hat but that is not true. I used my fast frames. I have the hat fast frame hoop, but in case you don’t that is not a problem.   I share with you the method that worked for me using both the  6” RADIUS HAT HOOP and the 5 X 4 CHRISTMAS STOCKING HOOP.  (I have also use the 7″ X 5″ ATTACHÉ CASE HOOP)

Materials needed:  Fast Frame system with your choice of frame, sticky stabilizer, straight pins, binder clamps, pencil or magic marking fabric marker, hat and thread              
 

Cut your sticky stabilizer accordingly to the fast frame you will be using.  Always allow for extra to wrap it around the front to  maximize stability. 

Once you have your stabilizer secure, it’s time to find the center of the hat. 

 Hats are one of the easiest items to find the center because most hats have a seam down the center. Line the seam up with the center notches in the fast frame. 

 

Here is a tip that may help guide you center notch to center notch. On the BACK of the sticky stabilizer, draw a line down the center so it can be used as a guide. (I show this on the the 5×4 fast frame.)

  

(Note: I used a Sharpie so you could see it well in the photo from the front side, but I recommend using a magic marking fabric marker.)

 

Drawing the line makes it very easy to work the center of the hat along the drawn line. The two photos above and the one below are of the hat being attached to the 5×4 frame. Using this size fast frame, I have the bill facing the front of the fast frame away from the arm attachment. Please make note below that when I use the hat hoop, I have the bill of the hat facing the arm of the arm attachment.

 

As you work the center of the hat down the center of the stabilizer,  be very cautious of the inner flap of the hat. Make sure that you have it pulled down towards the bill of the hat. 



Smooth out all of the wrinkles. Once you have the hat looking like the photo above, pin with straight pins or use binder clamps as I did in the  photo below where I measure for the center of where my monogram will go.





I used a 3″ monogram on this hat with my hat hoop facing the arm attachment.  Keep in mind the actual frame of the fast frame when measuring and find the center accordingly. Allow enough room for your needle to stay clear of the frame.   The width of the hat frame that I have is wider than the actual frame on the 5×4 frame.  The thinner the frame the closer to the bill of the hat you can get the monogram.   There are two hat frames available with the fast frame system.  One has a thinner width frame and the other has a wider width frame. The hat frame I have is the wider one, and although it is a hat frame, it’s actually for embroidering the backs and sides. I have made it work on the front of hats.

 

  If the bill of the hat is facing the back of the attachment arm, remember to rotate the monogram.  I have a friend who told me a story about a lady embroidering a name on a bag upside down because she forgot to rotate it.  It happens!!!!  Unfortunately, it was not the lady’s personal bag so there is a child out there with a very expensive swim bag with their name upside down. 



This is the hat all ready to go on the hat fast frame. Take note that the clamps are actually clamped on the bill as well as the back of the hat.  You want the bill to be as flat as  you can get it.  I babysit the process until I know that all is clear and it will be smooth stitching. 



Thank  you for coming and checking out how to monogram baseball cap using Fast Frames. 



 If you have a hat but do not have access to monogram it, contact me.  I’ll be glad to help you. 

 

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10 thoughts on “How to Monogram a Baseball Hat Using Fast Frames

  1. Kristie says:

    Thank you for this tutorial!
    I have the fast frame hat hoop and need to use it, but I’m a little confused. The straight side of my frame is what’s closest to the arm. I thought I’d put the rounded front edge under the band at the bill of the cap and the bill would face out when I stitched the hat. Is that incorrect?
    Also, how do you insure that you do not stitch on the band?

    • ramiparker says:

      Hi Kristie, I use several of my fast frame hoops to do hats. It depends on the hat. My hat fast frame has the wide edge frame. There is one with a with a smaller width edge around the frame. I’m not sure which one you have but because I have the one with the wider edge, I can’t put that band under the front edge of the frame. If I do, my monogram is too high on my hat. I like to have the monogram sit about 3/4″- 1″ from the bill. I like using my frame with the skinniest edge. Then depending on the flexibility of the hat determines which way I face the bill of the hat. I have faced it to the front on a few hats. It’s really something that you may have to play around with. Recently, I have also used masking tape to get tape that bill flatter. I’m away from my frames so I apologize that I can not give you the exact measurements on those frame edges. I have actually monogrammed parts of that band and ruined the hat. Since then I have taken a piece of masking tape and tape the center of that band towards the bill. Painters tape will work too. They do not leave sticky residue. Duck tape would be great because it’s so strong but it could leave some sticky debris behind on the hat. I hope this helps you. If you have the hat fast frame with the smaller edge, you may be able to put the band under it. It may be something like a 1/4″ width edge.

  2. Yvonne Emmanuelli says:

    what machine do you have and does it comes with the fast frame….
    where can I get the fast frame I have a Viking Designer Royale machine

    • ramiparker says:

      Hi Yvonne,
      I have a Brother PR650E. The fast frames were something I purchased separately from my machine from a Brother dealer. I apologize that I don’t know a thing about Viking machines.

  3. Alice Dernandez says:

    I am interested in embroidering hats. You “Monogram”, I want to embroider a name,6 letters – can 2 lines be done also?

    • ramiparker says:

      I’m sure two lines could be done. A six letter name would be very small. You’d have to get it to fit in a a 3-4 width, but I’m sure you could do it. I suggest that you measure your area once you get the hat on the hoop.

  4. Glenda says:

    Hi Thanks for sharing these instructions using fast frames, they are the best. I was interested to know what font did you use one the white hat with yellow monogram. Also what are the density and width settings, the cCm is just beautifully stitched. Thanks.

    • ramiparker says:

      Hi Glenda,

      Thanks for reading and commenting. The font is the Empress Font that I purchased from http://www.theitch2stitch.com She has beautiful fonts that stitch out beautifully. I’m not sure what the density or width of stitch is. When I go in my sewing studio, I’ll look for you. Since its a purchased font v’s a font in one of my programs, I never tried changing the density or width. I can vouch that all of the fonts and monogram fonts at this particular site stitch out well. This is the font that I used on the straw hats in the straw hat tutorial. Most of the fonts shown on my blog came from the same site.

  5. Murt says:

    I am so thankful for your blog! I have the same machine and have to travel pretty far for lessons so I spend a lot of time surfing the net. I have monogram wizard plus, trying to learn the program, but wondered if you normally purchase your fonts or if you have a separate program like monogram wizard.

    • ramiparker says:

      Hi Murt,

      Thank you for reading. I am by far a pro but love to share with people. I think the teacher in me loves what we learn from each other. You’ll also see where others share what works for them in the comments. I do have two programs similar to Monogram Wizard (BES Lettering and PE Design Next). I use the fonts in those programs SOMETIMES. They come in handy if I am putting a name on something; however, for most of the “monograms” (initials) I use fonts that I purchase from digitizers online. One of my favorite sites for alphabet fonts as well as monogram fonts is Itch 2 Stitch (www.itch2stitch.com). Her designs and fonts stitch out beautifully. As a matter of fact, I am working now on a logo for my daughter’s uniform shirt. One of my programs will allow me to use the true type fonts from my computer, BUT without knowing how to digitize fonts, the satin stitch doesn’t flow properly around each curve in the letters. One day, I hope to learn more about digitizing. Until then I am ok with purchasing fonts from designers that I know, know their craft.

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