How To Choose Fabric When Custom Baseball Hats

A baseball cap is a type of soft cap with a rounded crown and a stiff bill projecting in front.

The front of the cap typically displays a design or a logo (historically, usually only a sports team, namely a baseball team, or names of relevant companies, when used as a commercial marketing technique). Since the 1980s, varieties of the hat have become prevalent in the United States and many other nations, both for utilitarian (protecting the eyes from the sun) and fashion accessory purposes.

There are so many different types of hats out there from all sorts of backgrounds – it’s a dizzying selection, however, this also means that there’s a type of hat out there for everyone, whether you’re looking for function or fashion.  Sure, it’s easy to spot a snapback hat, but which fabrics is suitable for custom baseball hat?

1. Cotton

Cotton is an everyday fabric for everyday use. Cotton shows up everywhere, and in most hats. You can think of cotton as the tomato of fabrics. Why tomato? Because tomatoes grow everywhere and are great in most salads and sandwiches.

Cotton is one of the natural fibers used in making hats. However, a lot of hats are not 100% cotton. Pure cotton is a bit expensive compared to synthetic fibers. For this reason, they are popular in putting embroideries and logos on caps.

The soft and breathable material makes cotton a darling to hat lovers. Besides, cotton is hypoallergenic. With cotton hats, you will never experience skin irritation.

Cotton is also excellent when it comes to controlling moisture and insulation. Their ability to absorb moisture makes it suitable for making the headbands of caps. Unfortunately, cotton is not as durable as synthetic fibers, such as polyester. This is why it is often blended with manufactured fibers to boost its durability.

2. Acrylic

There are many bonuses to an acrylic hat: resistance to sun and moths (yes, moths), plus they’re cheap and colorfast. You will find acrylic in just about every hat style for those reasons.

3. Wool

Made from the hair of sheep, wool is soft and flexible. It is also resistant to fire, who knew? Wool can also be insulating and therefore comes in handy for hats. Wool is making a comeback with 5-panels and snapbacks, and it is also commonly seen in fashion caps.

A lot of people associate wool with knitted hats such as beanies. They are, however, used for a wide range of other caps. A lot of classic hats are either part wool or are 100% woolen. They are also a standard component of a considerable number of baseball hats. You will also find wool a popular fabric in making berets.

Wool, however, remains the most suitable fabric for winter hats. They have a higher capability of keeping you warm whenever you step out in those cold winter days.

4. Nylon

Nylon is commonly used to make the mesh backs of trucker hats. Fun fact of the day: Nylon was invented in 1935 and is relatively new to the hat game. It’s made with synthetic polymers… say that 10 times fast.

Nylon results in thin and lightweight caps suitable for hot summer days. The highly breathable material is made from recycled plastic. It makes the scorching summer days a lot cooler.

One thing you will love about nylon is that it does not shrink. We are often in constant worries of our hats losing their original shape, but nylon hats will eliminate the concern. Nylon hats are also easy to take care of.

The only problem is nylon is not great at wicking away moisture, but it tries its best.

5. Polyester

Standard Polyesthylene Teraphthalate, also known as polyester, shows up all over hats in brims, mesh and linings.

Polyester is a synthetic fiber. It is one of the most popular materials used in making hats. Actually, it is the staple fabric in modern hat making. It is made from recycled plastic. Polyester is a darling to hat makers and most hat lovers because it is durable and resistant to water and abrasions. We cannot think of any other fiber that is durable and cheaper than polyester.

The moisture-wicking property of polyester is also excellent. It excellently absorbs sweat from the skin, leaving it dry and comfortable. You would, therefore, enjoy wearing polyester hats all day long during summer.

Polyester is popular in exercise hats, dad hats (baseball caps), and summer hats, thanks to its moisture-wicking properties.

6. Linen

Linen is a natural fiber that is extracted from the flax plant. If you are looking for another natural fiber other than cotton, linen should be suitable for you.

Just like cotton, Linen is very breathable and soft. They are incredibly comfortable and tender on your skin. You are sure to remain relaxed and comfortable during those fiercely hot summer days. Linen hats are also fantastic for spring.

7. Felt

Usually derived from wool, felt is used to make yurts, bowler hats and fedoras – evo sells a few of these (mainly yurts, just kidding). Don’t be surprised to see felt show up in a 5-panel, as this material is making a comeback.  

8. Metal

The most shredtacular of hat materials, metal hats are commonly smithed by a large and stern man, usually missing at least one finger. If it can’t take a blow from a Viking war hammer, it’s not a metal hat.

Knowing the material used to make hats is vital for any hat customers. This way, you will know the pros and cons of all the conventional materials. You will, therefore, have an easier time custom for hats. Looking at the design and the color of the cap is not enough. You ought to know the materials used in the hat manufacture.