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How to Acheive Raised Lettering on Hats

Raised lettering on hats is extremely popular, but it’s not easy to do. Luckily, you’re talking to the experts!

If you want to make your custom hats really POP, then raised lettering is a great addition. This special effect makes the letters on your hat stand out both visually and literally, giving your designs and letters a three-dimensional appearance! Let’s talk about just how you can get that unique “raised” effect on your next custom hat!

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How to Achieve Raised Lettering on Hats

In short, raised lettering is achieved via an embroidery machine. To achieve this look, it requires multiple layers and more stitching than it would with regular embroidery, which is why it’s also called “puff embroidery.” There are two ways you can use puff embroidery on a hat. 

You can apply the puff embroidery method directly to the hat, embroidering the hat itself with multiple layers of thread, or you can create a custom patch using puff embroidery, and then adhere that patch to the hat! Either method will give you that same 3D “puff” appearance.

Raised Lettering Limitations 

With anything custom-made, there are limitations when it comes to the design you have in mind and a special add-on or style choice, such as puff embroidery. We offer dozens upon dozens of creative choices, add-ons, and extras for all our custom merchandise, and hats are no different. You can customize the style of hat, materials, profile and bill shape, closure system, branding, height, external and internal detailing, and more! So it makes sense that some of those choices may clash with (or render obsolete) some of the others. 

At some custom merch manufacturers, you won’t know that until you receive your hats in the mail, and the design is all jacked up! But that’s one of the benefits of creating your custom hats with The/Studio. Our in-house design team is standing by, ready to flag any limitations or design clashes that could result in a poor finished product. 

However, we recommend speaking with one of our Creative Specialists to get further input before you begin designing custom hats with puff embroidery, so that you can be aware of any limitations.

Place Your Custom Hat Order Today 

Now that you know just how easy it is to whip up your own custom hat with raised lettering… There’s no reason to wait! You may as well dive into our intuitive, hands-on “Create Tool” and see what cool designs you can come up with. There’s ZERO credit card info or other payment required to start experimenting. 

If you don’t have a design yet, don’t worry. You can chat with one of our talented in-house designers (we call them Creative Specialists) and they will help you brainstorm a concept, and even whip up a design for you based on your ideas, all FREE of charge! Click the link below to head to the Create Tool and get started. 

Create Custom Hats w/ Raised Lettering




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