What Are the Different Types of Hat Embroidery?

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Embroidery is an excellent customization option for those looking to design merchandise like hats. In fact, embroidery is one of the most common ways to customize blank hats. Keep reading to learn the different types of hat embroidery to consider if you’re interested in branding your merchandise.

Direct Embroidery

Direct embroidery, also known as flat embroidery, is the method of stitching directly onto the hat or other material. This method is one of the most common types of embroidery, especially for creating mass quantities of hats and other customized products for sale. One of the benefits of the direct stitching method is that it’s the simplest and takes up the least amount of room, which provides more space for longer and larger lettering. For example, if you want to stitch a company motto or phrase onto your hats, choose direct embroidery.

Applique Embroidery

Unlike direct embroidery, applique techniques involve stitching a separate piece of fabric to the hat’s material. Applique techniques can create patterns or attach several pre-designed pieces to other materials. Hats with attached patches often stem from applique embroidery techniques. Embroidered badges are common applique accessories that can feature text, logos, banners, and colors. Popular stitching areas for applique accessories include the upper brim of the hat and the front of the crown.

Inlay and 3D Embroidery

Inlay embroidery is similar to the applique technique but with an added element of depth. The inlay technique involves stitching two pieces of fabric together and attaching these to your hat or other material. Inlay embroidery is a type of 3D technique that provides added depth to your designs and helps them appear more eye-catching. You can also layer direct embroidery stitching to create an added sense of depth, but inlay designs provide a more prominent layered effect.

Now that you know the three biggest types of hat embroidery techniques, you can get a better idea of which style is best for your own hat customization. If you’re looking for blank hats to customize with embroidery techniques like these, browse KBETHOS for our selection of wholesale women’s baseball caps and more. We offer bulk hats in a variety of colors and styles that are perfect for customization.