Heat Press Hat – How To Do It?

Other than being pieces f fabric that can be worn by any gender, age, or group of people, hats share something else with t-shirts. They can be pressed on with design of your choice to successfully pass a specific message.

You can heat press the logo of your brand, an image, or any other form of artwork you’d think of.

So, how do you heat press on a hat?

Just by asking yourself this question, you might think that it’s a complex process that can only be handled by experts. But by the time you finish reading the following tutorial o how to heat press a hat, your thoughts towards the same will change for good.

Ready to learn how you can put that special design you have created on your favorite hat?


Let’s go:

How To Heat Press A Hat- A Complete Guide

Spoiler alert!

In this tutorial we’ll be walking you through a simple process on how to add a heat transfer vinyl to hats (as well as caps)- without using any additional special heat press machine add-ons!

What Materials Will You Need?

  • Glitter or Flocked Heat Transfer Vinyl
  • Heat tape
  • Heat Transfer (with Teflon coat attached)
  • Large rubber band
  • Thick fabric, about a ¼ yard (oven mitts can also do)
  • Hat (in this tutorial, we’ll be using a cotton hat)

Directions To Follow:

1. Getting The Machinery ready for the job

When you have your heat press up and running, you’re ready to go. You also have a clean mind picture of how and where on your hat/cap you want to place your image.

You might use a few different designs- for the front, sides and back sides of your hat. Make sure all your designs are well sized and cut on heat transfer vinyl (and remember to mirror the design) as your machine warms up.

The Glitter or Flocked heart transfer vinyl is absolutely the perfect machine for this job. This is because the machine is a bit thicker as needed, making covering up of all the seams great!

Throughout this process, the specialty heat tape will be your best friend. Remember that we are not doing things the way we do for shorts or other flat projects. It will be impossible to keep things in positions and you don’t want them to slip around.

The tape is great as it firmly holds the things you’re working on and leaves no residue.

2. Preparing Your Design

If you wish to transfer several designs to your hat (and assuming you’ve successfully cut them), it would be advisable to start with the front design.

Now move your design onto your hat, making sure to center it with a seam. Next, grab your specialty tape and secure your artwork onto the hat to prevent it from shifting as you go about the transfer process.

Also, grab your thick fabric or oven mitt and fold it over 3-4 times to make small enough to fit in your hat. This helps protect your fingers form being burnt by the heat involved.

Because it’s not practical to close your machine onto the hat, you’ll need to push the design as hard as possible against the machine’s hot plate.

3. The image transfer process

You have the image secured with a tape on your cap. And you have the piece of fabric with you.

What’s next?

Well, hold your hat on the heat press upper plate for around 5-7 seconds. If your design is a bit bigger, you’ll need to hold it for 5-7 seconds in each area for a successful transfer.

We recommend you to start with the center of your image and then work your way to the edges. This helps you adhere the design in the real center and prevent things from shifting.

Because the flocked heat transfer vinyl is a cold peel material, be sure to allow it to cool down before removing the transfer sheet. Otherwise, you’ll end up ripping the design. Peel slowly so that if anything hasn’t adhered properly, you can lay the sheet and press it again.

Final Verdict

That’s it! You have successfully printed your design on the front of your favorite cap in a three step, easy to understand process.

As you have noted, all the materials needed for the entire process are readily accessible. You don’t need to worry about looking for a special heat press for hats.

If you follow all the steps we have discussed with you above, bearing in mind the finer details, your final design will look great in the eyes of everyone!

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