How to Customize 59Fifty New Era Fitted Hats

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How to Customize 59Fifty New Era Fitted Hats
Start with plain colours and build from there to customise your hat. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

New Era manufactures baseball caps along with a full line of apparel, including accessories, jackets and polo shirts. The 59 Fifty fitted cap is a popular piece of clothing and is the official hat of Major League Baseball. Sports fans or fashion aficionados can purchase hats with a team's colour and logo, whether to show support for the home team or look good in head-to-toe matching gear. However, you can also customise your own fitted cap for a unique look and personalised style.

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  1. 1

    Purchase a 59 Fifty cap. White or light colours work well as blank canvases on which to work, but you can purchase the colours or team design of your choice.

  2. 2

    Sketch a template or design on paper. Choose whether you want to customise the hat with colours, patterns, logos (self-designed or pre-existing) or other visual details. Use pencil or ink to generate the template on paper so you have something to work from as you apply the ideas to the hat itself.

  3. 3

    Draw the planned design, logo or pattern on the hat with a thin black marker. This will guide your eventual colouring and painting of the hat and prevent errors.

  4. 4

    Paint on the hat using fabric paints of your choice. Wait for the paint to dry before proceeding to the next step.

  5. 5

    Glue additional details (like glitter or sequins) on the hat, or fasten pins and buttons to the fabric.

  6. 6

    You can also purchase the hat from a company that specialises in customisation and embroidery. These companies will perform personalised embroideries and other detailing, like adding rhinestones.

  7. 7

    Another option is to embroider the hat yourself. Formulate an embroidery design, select different-coloured threads, place a heavy stabiliser under the design and fabric, and embroider the threads onto the hat. Cut away extra or loose threads with scissors.

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