When it’s cold out, we get a lot of requests to embroider on beanies and of course we can sew on beanies! We just have to take a few things into consideration before doing it.
All knit items have a texture and a certain amount of thickness and stretch to them. Beanies have a lot more stretch than most, for good reason. What can happen with embroidery is the fine lines and details can sink right into all that texture and get lost. There are a couple of different ways we can fix that problem.
The first one is by using what is called a knockdown stitch. We add some stitching behind what is being put on the item (beanies, sherpa pullovers and blankets, towels, etc.) using a thread color that is as close as we can get to the garment color. This makes it a lot less noticeable and many don’t even see it’s there until we point it out to them. This allows the parts of the embroidery you want to see to sew on top so you can actually see what it is!
Another option is to sew a full background giving your embroidery image the look of a patch. We can put a thick edging on it to add to that look. We make the background what ever color you like and sew all the important stuff on top of it giving it a completely different look.
Below is one example of a beanie without anything, with a knockdown stitch and with a solid fill background. Check out the difference!!