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How to embroider a hat by hand

How to embroider a hat by handHand embroidery is my favorite summer project because you can take it on the go! I always have a hand sewing project for summer road trips and what better way to get ready for our Yellowstone National park trip than this fun handmade wildflower baseball cap! Anyone can do this, and I’m excited to show you how to embroider a hat by hand along with this free floral hand embroidery pattern.

This post was sponsored by JOANN, which means they supplied materials and compensated me for my time, but all opinions are my own.

floral embroidered hat tutorial

Don’t be intimidated by the fact that it is on a hat! This is truly a beginner project. I have the pattern designed so several of them print on one page, so if you’re not loving the stitches you made, just seam rip them out, peel off the pattern, and start fresh!

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I am loving the hand embroidery trend on clothes lately, but can’t swallow all the designer prices. This is an easy way to stitch on hats, jeans, bags, tshirts, anything! This little pattern would look adorable stitched in a hoop as an ornament or a patch on a backpack, too.

floral hand embroidery pattern

When I’m not making something, I’m usually outside with my kids. I had so much fun matching those two hobbies together with this project, and I hope you love it too!

wildflower embroidery pattern

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hand embroidered baseball cap

How to embroider a hat by hand:



DMC Colors:

  • Dark blueish purple: 791
  • Lime green: 907
  • Citrine green: 472
  • Grass green: 905
  • Light purple: 554
  • Dark purple: 550
  • Fuchsia: 718
  • Light Pink: 957
  • Coral: 956


Step 1:

Prewash your hat! If you ever have any intention of machine washing it, you need to wash it the same way first to eliminate any shrinkage. Print the PDF pattern on to Fabri-Solvy, trim roughly around, hoop the hat and peel off the back/press to adhere it. 

Step 2:

Start stitching! All stitches were done with 2 strands unless otherwise noted below:

Text: Filled backstitch

Green stems: stem stitch

Green leaves: filled backstitch

Fuchsia flowers: 3 strands

Light pink flowers: satin stitch (as shown in the picture, I prefer to do a backstitch around the outline and then satin stitch over it!), 1 strand

Light purple flowers: lazy daisy stitch

Step 3:

Once you’re done, take the hoop off and turn it upside to soak in warm water for a while, then use running water to finish rinsing away the Fabri-Solvy.

Step 4:

Add any freehand stitches for extra buds or flower centers, like I did, let it dry in the sun (I recommend balling up a towel underneath to help shape it) and you’re ready to wear it!

hand embroidered hat diy

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Tuesday 23rd of April 2024

Thank you for this great tutorial! Did you back your embroidery on the inside of the cap after finishing? If someone wanted to, is there a material you recommend? Thanks!

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Tuesday 4th of June 2024

I'm sorry I missed this comment initially - I did not back it and I've machine washed/dryed it several times over the years without issue BUT if you wanted to, I would try tender touch stuff --

Malia Bishop

Wednesday 28th of June 2023

I love this! What size embroidery needle should I get? Thanks!

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Wednesday 28th of June 2023

I'd love to see it if you try it! I linked the ones I used under 'supplies' - but it honestly matters more depending on what floss/thread you're using, just want to make sure it fits through the eye :)


Thursday 2nd of March 2023

Hi can you embroider on straw hats? is there another way to peel away the paper without running water?

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Thursday 2nd of March 2023

I have never tried! No, it only removes with running water.


Thursday 20th of January 2022

Can you print right on the sulky fabri solvy or do you have to trace the pattern onto it?


Thursday 20th of January 2022

@Stephanie - Swoodson Says, Thank you very much

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Thursday 20th of January 2022

Hi! You can print right on it, with laser or inkjet. I have a fuller walkthrough of the product here if you're interested:


Thursday 2nd of September 2021

I have a baseball cap from my favorite Brooklyn butcher. I got my guy to sneak one out to me, and I wear it on dog walks. For longer periods outside though, I need 360-degree coverage. I’ve been wearing wide-brimmed sun hats. I love the ones I have from Lorna Murray (colorful, straw, packable), and Janessa Leone (which I got for a song from a friend).

I do have a question for anyone who sees this, what are some good hairstyles for hats? I’ve been wearing a bun since my hair has grown out but want to keep it off my neck while wearing a hat. I’ve been doing a side braid but would love other options!

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