The school year has started for us (THRILLED to share that we are off to a great start!!) … but that doesn’t mean the summer fun has ended. Tonight our church youth group is hosting a kids v. adults kickball match. Breaking out my sweatpants! #80′sflashback
Kidding about the sweatpants. Monograms are more my style. I don’t think I’ll be much of an asset to the team (leave that to the men), but I was able to complete a little something to wear for the occasion that has been on my mind for a while now — a monogrammed baseball cap. Fashion first!
When I get a project in my head, it consumes me until I’m able to bring it to completion. I didn’t want to purchase a monogrammed hat online because, quite frankly, I don’t love how I look in a lot of hats. Bummer to have one customized then never wear it. I have searched multiple stores and online for the right size iron-on letters in a font I like and have come up empty handed. So I decided to create my own. I found a plain black baseball cap at Hobby Lobby for under $5. At that price, it doesn’t matter how much or how little I wear it. I had very little to lose with this diy!
Side note: Sooo my hat needs a lint roller. And, a pointed tip sharp pair of scissors makes this job much easier. I love this pair from Martha Stewart that I found at Hobby Lobby so much that I labelled them with washi tape so that they don’t disappear or get used for anything other than paper.
I created the letters in Microsoft Word using Word Art (just choose Simple block letters, Word Art Style 1). I played around a lot with the fonts, but in the end chose PT Sans Caption because I thought it worked out best with my particular monogram. I used a 96 point font, but resized the word art so that the center initial was about three inches high. After I printed it onto the fabric transfer paper, I simply penned in a very subtle kick and roundness to the bottom of the letters to amp up the style a bit.
Note that when you use this particular fusible fabric, you do not need to create a mirror image of your letters; you can just print them normally. After you print the word art, you will cut around the letters and iron them directly to your hat … no peeling necessary as with other products. Nor do you have the funky shiny look that you get with regular iron-on transfers.
Ironing the letters to the rounded baseball cap was easier than you might think. I put a cereal bowl behind the hat to give it a more solid surface. I then positioned the letter and used the tip of my iron to adhere it in place (this only took a second) before using more of the hot iron surface to secure the letter permanently (another 10-15 seconds). Time will tell how long it will hold up, but for the price I’ll live with the uncertainty.
Every once in awhile DIY is the fastest, easiest way to get the look you are after. This makes me wonder, how many more DIY projects are in my future this school year? Could be fun…
Happy Labor Day weekend!