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Date: 12/31/06 8:58 PM

I want to make some hats and wanted to know how they make the baseball caps so stiff at the brim? Any suggestions on what they did or used???

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Date: 12/31/06 11:55 PM

I have a Kwiksew pattern that includes baseball caps. It calls for interfacing in the notions required. I would assume this would be really heavy interfacing, such as the kind used for making purses, bags, and crafts. I might interface both the top and bottom side of the brim.

But, baseball caps are sooooo stiff, it seems that it is more than just interfacing in the RTW caps.

Has anyone taken apart a baseball cap to see what's inside?

Any other ideas?

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Date: 1/1/07 1:09 AM

I've made a few baseball caps and I've used TimTex heavy interfacing with excellent results. Here's their web site:
TimTex Store

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Date: 1/1/07 1:49 AM

I have taught sewing classes on making baseball hats. I always recommend timtex, too.

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Date: 1/1/07 7:14 AM

Just to add another option...

I made baseball caps before I knew Timtex existed, and I used plastic canvas for the brim. I padded it with batting, and stitched bias tape over the poky edges to soften them before inserting it into the brim fabric. Works great, and gives a nice stiff brim.

Note: plastic canvas can break in the washing machine, so launder by hand...ask me how I know ;)


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Date: 1/1/07 7:59 AM

Sayuri, in the cap Katharine reviewed a few days ago, she recycled a plastic Coke bottle for the brim.

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Date: 1/5/07 10:11 AM

thank you..I went ahead and purchased the timtex :)
-- Edited on 1/5/07 10:12 AM --

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Date: 3/30/13 6:36 PM

Hi MaryLynn: Do you have a video for your sewing classes for baseball caps, if not how does one get your classes. I have not had the best of luck making baseball caps. Patterns I have found are not like the traditional baseball cap. Thank you
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Date: 3/30/13 6:56 PM

Another cheapy solution:

Dollar store: get a foam placemat! If you need even thicker, some dollar stores have a thin foam doormat.

I use them for baseball hat brims, purse/totebag stiffeners, pot holders.

You'll get LOTS of cuts for a coupla bucks! Score!

j.

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Date: 3/30/13 10:27 PM

Original post is over six years old. I hope this did not become an UFO!

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