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Andrea Funk

By: Andrea Funk on July 24th, 2014

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What To Do With Too Many Baseball Caps

What can you use in a T-shirt quilt?  |  Athletic Quilts

How many baseball caps you do have in your house?

If you are like my family, you have more than you can wear and more than you need.  Yet, have you ever noticed that you don’t have one when you need one? And then you end up having to buy another one. They are useful when it’s bright and sunny out. Or when you have a hairless spouse.


So why don’t we just throw them away?

My husband would kill me if I even tried!  So, they accumulate and multiply. Then one day you realize that you just have way too many of them. 

Baseball caps are very similar to T-shirts in that they are a vehicle for memories.  You get ball caps at events or from gift shops. But rarely at a baseball game! You keep them because of the memories associated with them.

Issac_BB1So what do you do with all of your baseball caps?

I have not seen very many interesting solutions and I have looked. There is the shower curtain ring storage solution and there are display solutions. And you can send the nice new ones with few memories associated with them to children’s cancer hospitals for the kids to use when they lose their hair. But we have more caps than that.

How Can You Get Rid of Your Baseball Caps and Keep Them Too?

Our solution – use your baseball caps in a quilt. For years we have been adding baseball caps to T-shirt quilts.  We don’t add the entire cap, but the logos from the front, back and if possible the bill.  You can intermix ball caps with T-shirts in a quilt. Or you can make a quilt from nothing but baseball caps.

More About: What Can Be Use in a T-shirt Quilt.


Mixing Baseball Caps In With T-shirts.

I think the best way of using baseball caps is to mix them in with T-shirts when you have a quilt made.  Many times the ball caps play a supporting role to the T-shirts.  They also work well mix with T-shirts because ball caps only make a very small piece. There is just not a lot of material there. Read here about how many T-shirts it takes to make quilt quilt. 

Stand Alone Baseball Cap Quilts

An all baseball cap quilt or pillow can be made, but there are a few issues…

Ball caps will only make a small piece for a quilt. So you will need a ton of them. For example, a lap size quilt would need over 120 hats. For a pillow you would need 50 to 75 caps.

Baseball caps are not very soft nor are the pieces we use from them. Many times the face of the ball cap is reinforced so it will stay stiff  so the embroidery or printing looks better.  This stiffness does not disappear when we cut out the logo.

We add a per cap/hat charge of $4.25* to the cost of a quilt. So using 75 or a 100 ball caps will increase the cost of the quilt quite a bit. Why do we add a per cap charge? It takes time and skill to dissect a ball cap. And many times the ball caps have been worn a lot and never washed. So there is an ick factor. Then the part we remove from the hat has to be sewn to another piece of material.  So all the extra work adds up. *Prices effective until 12/31/2020

baseball_cap_in_quiltShould You Add a Baseball Cap to Your Quilt?

YES: If the baseball cap adds to the story you are telling with your quilt.
YES: If the cap is clean or clean enough for your standards.
YES: If you have too many of them and want some of them to go away.
NO: You don’t want any stiff areas in your quilt. A ball cap can be stiff.
NO: If the ball cap is just too nasty.
NO: If you will get in trouble for using it in the quilt.

Please e-mail us if you have any additional questions you might have about using baseball caps in your quilt.

Learn more about having a baseball quilt or other T-shirt quilt made with athletic wear,
download our Athletic T-shirt Quilt Buyer's Guide. 

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About Andrea Funk

Andrea Funk is the inventor of T-shirt quilts made with multiple blocks sizes. The modern method of making T-shirt quilts. In 1992 she founded Too Cool T-shirt Quilts. Her life has been immersed in T-shirt quilts ever since.