Paper Baseball Caps

I'm happy to report that my dressed-up Graduation Bottle was a real hit at the graduation party. If you have any current graduates in your circle of friends, I suggest you give it a try.

It was so much fun to do that the idea has been rattling around in my mind ever since. There's just something cheerful about putting a hat on an inanimate object and humanizing it a bit. Sort of like putting eyeballs on produce, or faces on eggs.

So with my son's baseball season in full swing, the next obvious hat of choice for me was a baseball cap. And the bottle options to top them with are wide open. So I whipped up the estimates, threw together a prototype, and this is what I came up with. Follow along if you'd like to make some yourself. They're really quite simple.


Initially, I sat down to experiment with the template. I started with a rectangular piece of paper that was 8" long and a little over 2" wide.

I cut out a curved "tooth" pattern, then punched a small hole in the tip of each "tooth."

I picked a brad that was an appropriate size and fed it through each of the holes as I gathered the points together, until I had secured all of the points in the center.

I secured the brad, glued the tab at the cuff of the cap, and arranged the panels.

Then I started working with the brim of the cap. After cutting out the brim, I applied some glue to the tabs and positioned them inside the front of the cap.

I was pretty pleased with the prototype, but decided to make just a few adjustments for the final design. For one thing, I realized that most baseball caps have 6 panels, not 8. Also, I wanted it to look more like a baseball cap, rather than a farmer's hat (the taller ones.)

If I had taken any engineering in school, I probably would have known the rules of physics involved with adjusting my template, but since that wasn't my area of study, I just had to go with trial and error. For example, I found that lengthening the teeth made for a taller hat. Sharpening the angle of the teeth left gaps. Rounding the angle of the teeth made the hat more flat, like a beret. Anyway, I eventually came up with something I'm pleased with, and I'll file all the rest of the experimenting under "learning experience."

So this is the template ready for you to use, with either 8 panels or 6 panels, and a cap brim that will work for either one.

Begin by printing out the template. I started with a printed template that was about 8" long.
I found that paper was too thin and felt was too flimsy, but cardstock worked really well. I haven't tried craft foam yet, though I believe it would probably be too bulky on this small of a cap. Craft foam would probably work great if you decided to make larger caps.

First, carefully cut out the "teeth."

Punch a small hole in the tip of each point.

Begin gathering the tips together, lining up the punched holes.

Insert a brad into the holes to secure the points in the center.

Continue until all the points are secured.

Spread the tips of the brad to secure in place. Do this loosely at first so you can continue to adjust the panels as needed. Also, if your brad is long, you might need to curve the ends of the brad to prevent it from distorting the shape of the cap.

Overlap the tab at the end of the strip of paper and glue it in place to complete the ring of the cap.

Adjust the panels as necessary, tighten the brad, and you should have something that looks like this.

Next, cut out the brim of the cap.

Fold the tabs back to the guideline.

Apply glue to the tabs only.

Align the brim with the front of the cap and press the tabs in place inside the cap.

And with that step, your cap is complete! Isn't that simple?

The 8-panel and the 6-panel are very similar, so it's really just a matter of personal preference, though I believe the 6-panel is more typical of real-size design.

Just put a spot of tape or glue inside the cap and it's ready to be placed on your bottle of choice.

You can also personalize the caps by printing something on the front panel, like the team name or logo, or a player's number. I would suggest you do this to the template before you even print it.

The template can be adjusted to make any size cap. So you can do really small ones to place over a Reese's cup to use as a party favor, or larger ones to use to hang from the ceiling for party decorations. In fact, I'm sure there's an endless list of purposes for this and I would dearly love to hear yours. So please share your comments so others can see too.

And be sure to check out the endless list of inspirational ideas at my home page childmade.com.



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47 comments:

  1. Wow, this is great. Thanks so much for the tutorial and the template. I've been looking for something for my son's coach.

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  2. That is fantastic! I wish I would have had this tutorial before my son's baseball birthday party last year!

    Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

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  3. Cute! A whole bunch of them linked together would make a great banner too!

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  4. Very cute! No boys at my house, but would make fun party favors for boys. ♥♫

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  5. so cute! wish i had seen it a few weeks ago. would've been perfect for my baseball party. check it out: bethkruse.blogspot.com

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  6. I love this. Just in time for Father's Day... my Dad wears caps all the time- ties, not so much so this really is perfect. Thanks.

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  7. Your baseball caps are very cute and can be used for so many different occasions. Thank you for posting this and linking up at Tidymom where I found you! Will definitely go through your blog as I'm sure there are tons of wonderfully creative things to see :)

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  8. That is adorable! I have no idea when I'll use it, but it's totally bookmarked for later!

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  9. That is really cute! I'll store it in the memory bank in case I ever have a need for a little baseball cap. Great tutorial. Lisa~

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  10. This is TOTALLY adorable! I can think of myriad ways to use this project! Your tutorial is clear and well written, many thanks!

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  11. This is soooo darling - I love the idea~! Thanks for dropping by Sweet Charli this week!

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  12. This is so cool! Thanks for linking to Craftastic Monday:)

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  13. Those are so cute! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  14. Those are so cute and creative! Thanks so much for the great idea, I'll be linking.

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  15. Super cute! What a great addition to any basball themed party! Great tutorial - I just need a baseball theme party now! Thanks so much for joining the Sunday Showcase Party! I greatly apprecite it. Hope you are enjoying your week. ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  16. Hi Sheri, Just wanted to let you know I'll be featuring your baseball caps today! Stop by and grab a featured button if you like. Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase Party! ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  17. OMG, are you kidding me. This is so adorable. I have 2 All-Star baseball boys and may have to try this and put their logo on for the end of season party. It would be a great hit even hanging off as a tag for a bag of gum or candy. They have their names on back so that could be a terrific tag idea. TFS!!

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  18. Hi
    Your blog is very nice. I have really learnt a lot from this blog thanks


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  19. Awesome! My 4-year old saw this post and insisted on making it. The template makes all the difference, as I attempted to make it without and it did NOT turn out!

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  20. Super cute Cap & great tutorial! Thanks for sharing your talents. I can't wait to make these using my Sizzix eClips/eCal machine. You can see some of my creations on my blog http://cardsbygeyda.blogspot.com/

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  21. Thanks for the tutorial, it's wonderful.

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  22. Really I am impressed from this post....the person who creates this post he is a great human. Thanks for shared this with us. i found this informative and interesting blog so i think so its very useful and knowledge able. I would like to thank you for the efforts you have made in writing this blog

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  24. Thank you for posting your cute little baseball cap and it's easy to understand and follow tutorial. I can imagine the possibilities of things where this can be used !

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  25. Too many times I passed over this site, and that was a mistake. I’m pleased I will be back!

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  26. This is the cutest and very simple!! Thank you for including the template. I just made one and am on my way to scroll the rest of your page. :)

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  27. j'adore !... elle semble vraiment facile à faire et je ne vais pas attendre pour la réaliser... merci pour le partage... j'ai créé un lien ici : http://pinterest.com/lemondedis/juste-un-peu-de-papier/

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  28. nice dear its so cute. this cap like a baseball cap baseball is my favorite game. i have coupons for Mlb.com this coupons save your money upto $8.

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  29. Thank you thank you thank you!!! I have been looking for a tutorial like this all day! My boyfriend's birthday is tomorrow and he"s really into the flat bill hats and im really into making homemade gifts so I made him a life size one and it worked out great!! There's only one problem.. Now my little brother wants me to make one for him too!! Here we go again..

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  30. ilovecrafts1@yahoo.comJuly 8, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    Your ideas are fantastic. I am spending a lot of time going over your instructions to your tutorials. Thank you so very much. You make me appear to be very talented to all my friends. Thank you.
    Blessings

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  31. hello! just wanted to say thanks for sharing this! Would it be ok if I transfer your template into and SVG format to use with electronic diecutting machines?
    thanks again!

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  32. Hi your idea is so cute!!!! I'm trying to print the template but having trouble is it still available?

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  33. If your template is still available could you send it to lmgariepy@me.com

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  34. Is there a way to print this template? I would love to use it next week!

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  35. This is very good effort, I also try this. These caps are looking very pretty.

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  36. This is very cute! Where did you find a small hole punch, or is it just a standard one?

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  37. Hello,
    This above post is giving a description about paper printed cap making tutorial. These caps are too cute. I got the idea of making it....Thank you...
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  38. Yes where can the templet for the cap be found? I love this 😁.

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  39. Also interested in the template! This is great however I just see the picture of it that does not translate to be printed etc. Thank you!

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  40. Thanks for sharing this informative post with us.

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  41. Woo this is great.. My son plays football and is big fan of this game.. Will definitely try this cap for him..

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  42. me parece maravilloso este gorro,de verdad mil felicitaciones y DIOS bendiga

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  43. have any of you commenters actually tried this? it's not that easy. when I printed the template, the brim was cut off. good luck!

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