Custom Deer Hunting Beanie with Iron On EasyWeed HTV

The closest I’ve ever been to hunting is watching the classic Looney Tunes episode, “Rabbit Fire.” Wherein Bugs and Daffy aim to convince Elmer Fudd that their counterpart is in season. Eventually they turn the tables altogether and declare it “Elmer Season.”

Looney Tunes "Rabbit Fire" episode

While I’m content to giggle and guffaw my way through the cartoon antics, watching TV really is much better with a snack, and I could go for some venison jerky. I may not be involved in the hunting process, but I love the result!

In order to keep my jerky coming, there has to be hunters on the prowl. While the hunters are out and about it’s extremely important for their safety that they’re noticeable to others hunting in the area. The designated safety color for hunters is known as hunter, blaze, or safety orange. Each state has their own rules regarding how much blaze orange an individual must wear. Commonly, the color must be worn above the waist making a hat or beanie a good option.

Adding a custom image or logo to a hunting hat is no problem with EasyWeed heat transfer vinyl. I’ve previously heat pressed Siser HTV to an acrylic beanie in this blog post. However, for this project I’m using a home iron.

Start by creating your image or logo. I used clip art deer antlers and rifles to create my logo. Depending on what kind of hunter you are you could change the antlers to turkey feathers (I can almost smell that Thanksgiving turkey!) or the rifles to arrows for a fully customized hunting hat.

After sizing the logo to fit the brim of my beanie, it was cut out with the Cricut Explore Air. I cut the black and brown EasyWeed with the “Iron-On” setting on the Cricut Smart Dial. In this instance the Iron-On setting was my best option, but because of the varying thicknesses of HTV that won’t always be the case. Check out this post to find your best cut setting on the Cricut Explore Air for the type of HTV you’re working with.
Cricut Explore Air cutting black EasyWeed HTV

When the cutter finished I weeded away the extra vinyl that didn’t belong in my hunting logo so I’m left with two HTV transfers. To apply them to the hunting hat, I first set my iron to the “Cotton” setting and let it heat up. I’m applying to a 100% acrylic beanie which can discolor under heat. If you’re concerned about discoloration then I would recommend test ironing a small piece of HTV to the inside of the hat to see how the material reacts. If you see discoloration occur in your test press, hold on, all is not lost yet! Give the fabric a chance to cool and re-asses the area. If your beanie is like mine, the discoloration will have faded as the heat dissipated leaving no permanent mark.

100% acrylic blaze orange beanie, EasyWeed HTV, and a home iron

Now that the iron is nice and hot, I set my first transfer on to the hat to be applied. Cover the entire pressing area with a heat transfer cover sheet before firmly pressing the iron on top of the hat. Without sliding my iron, I pressed the brown EasyWeed for 10 seconds.

Brown EasyWeed deer antlers

Layer 1- Brown EasyWeed™

Ironing on EasyWeed heat transfer vinyl

The best surface to use when applying HTV with an iron is a hard, flat table.








When the HTV was stuck to the beanie and the carrier was still hot I peeled the clear sheet off. Then I added my second transfer down and repeated the heat application steps from before.

Peel EasyWeed's clear carrier sheet hot or cold.

EasyWeed™ is a hot peel.

Black EasyWeed rifles on a DIY hunting hat

Layer 2 – Black EasyWeed








It only takes a couple of minutes to create a custom hunting hat that will help keep you safe!

DIY custom blaze orange deer hunting hat

Modeling the DIY custom blaze orange hunting hat

Blaze orange isn’t exactly my color, but I am grateful for it as it continually increases the safety of hunters. Now if the venison jerky would only stop increasing my waist line!

Have a question about this post? Drop a comment and I’ll be sure to get back to you!
Lily Campau

By |2018-03-21T09:26:13-04:00November 3rd, 2016|EasyWeed|11 Comments

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Lily is Siser's go-to crafter. Her ideas and abilities to incorporate HTV into her projects is inspiring. Well versed in Heat Transfer Vinyl, Lily embraces the methods and materials to deliver creative content week after week!


  1. Paulette Campbell November 3, 2016 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    Is this just regular HTV or is it the one for stretch fabrics?

  2. Cynthia November 13, 2016 at 1:18 am - Reply

    Ok this is my delema!
    Light grey colored Old Navy beanie. 83% acrylic, 16% poly and 1% spandex. Trying to apply a thin fabric patch to this beanie and don’t know what temp to use. The tag says cool iron only. So what would you do? Any comments are greatly appreciated.

    • Lily Campau November 14, 2016 at 9:54 am - Reply

      Hi Cynthia, if the tag says “Cool Iron Only” I would not recommend ironing any type of transfer to the beanie. “Cool Iron Only” typically indicates that the product will melt under heat.

  3. Penny November 20, 2016 at 8:26 am - Reply

    Can you tell me time and temp for the HTV on the beanie please?

    • Lily Campau November 21, 2016 at 8:51 am - Reply

      Hi Penny,

      This beanie was heat applied with an iron so I used the “Cotton” setting with no steam and pressed the first HTV layer for 10 seconds. After I peeled the carrier I pressed the second layer for 10 seconds. If you’re using a heat press, set it to 305°F and adjust the pressure for the thick beanie. You may want to try a small test press first or have a back up beanie on hand as some acrylic can be heat sensitive and may discolor.

  4. LisaMarie May 15, 2017 at 4:27 am - Reply

    Hi Lily,

    I love what you have done so far and can’t wait to see what great ideas you come up with. I am going to try the Glitter Appliqué this week – I thought that was a fab idea and one that I haven’t seen before (and honestly wished I had thought of it ?❤️)
    Just a couple of questions on the beanie:
    – How come the image was done in two pieces? Would it not have been easier and saved on material to have done it as a one piece logo? Okay never mind I think I just answered my own question after having a closer look. The antlers are brown and the rifles are black??
    – How come you didn’t do this in the EasyWeed Stretch? I would think that might be better suited for a toque? Just in case someone might have a larger head and it stretches out. As well it is a ribbed fabric designed for stretching.

    I have a heat press & cutter, so always looking for new ideas, this looks like a great one as I know many hunters. Just wanna do it correct so all the tips & tricks I can learn is great.

    On a side note – perhaps a topic for a future blog?? I have been doing a lot of research (okay Google & Pintrest) on putting images and fonts on cups, mugs and water bottles. There seems to be a few different thoughts ~ first one is buyer beware, you get what you pay for ie: vinyl adhesive on items will wash off so be careful. Second and the most expensive is to do it with Sublimation. This requires another machine or an add on to your heat press, which is not a cost effective option for some if not most. As well you need special ink, paper and even the items you put the image on has to be special ordered (I just learned this). Third option and the one I am MOST interested in is to use HTV on the cups, mugs, water bottles, phone cases, I guess anything that you would use adhesive vinyl on but don’t want to wash off.
    I am just wondering if this is something that can be done and if you have any tips? Perhaps a future blog topic to show how it’s done or not to be done. As I would have no idea what way it is to be put on to a coffee mug with for example??? It does seem like a way better way to do it (if it is at all possible) then say adhesive vinyl only to have it wash off if the cup got wet or put in dishwasher by accident. Also I want to give people the best product I can make!!!! I don’t want my friends walking around with a blank mug telling everyone “yeah my friend made this mug for me, it used to be really awesome till I washed it”

    Keep up the great work!!!

    • Lily May 15, 2017 at 9:42 am - Reply

      Hi LisaMarie, thanks for all your kinds word!

      – You’re right, the antlers are brown and the rifles are black. (It was hard to photograph the contrast.)
      – Since the color brown is not offered in EasyWeed™ Stretch I had to use regular EasyWeed™ HTV. However, EasyWeed Stretch is best suited for a stretchy beanie.

      As for mug/cup decorating, HTV would not be the best choice for such projects. Results aren’t always favorable and the outcome can be unpredictable when using HTV on beverage containers. Additionally, Siser HTV is not flame retardant and therefore can’t be microwaved. I’d suggest some quality sign vinyl and hand washing to make and care for a decorated mug.

  5. Scott Seward September 21, 2017 at 12:20 am - Reply

    Just wanted to mention I was just wondering about doing a hunting beanie the other day. Tonight I went to Siser’s website for the first time to get images of color choices for a customer and saw this. Thanks for the helpful information and I appreciate your responses to other questions as those were informative as well.

    Side note, try deeritos some time; burritos with ground venison. You’ll never go back.

    • Lily September 21, 2017 at 9:32 am - Reply

      Thanks for your kind words, Scott! Glad we had what you were looking for. Good luck with your project!

      Also, you’ve got my stomach growling, so I’ll definitely be giving deeritos a shot ;D

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