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The Anatomy Of A Snapback

anatomy of a custom snapback

  • Button

The button is right on top of the hat joining all of the panels together. We’ve heard it being called the “Nib” and “The bit on top”!

Generally on most hats the button is the same color as the brim although with our cut-n-sew program you can have whatever color you want!


  • Stitching

The stitching refers to the thread that joins all of the panels together. Contrast stitching is a great way to add depth to any custom snapback design. Generally the stitching is the same color as the crown or the brim.


  • Eyelets

The eyelets are the small holes you’ll find on the crown. They’re there to provide your hot head with a little breathing room! Eyelets look great when they are either the same color as the crown or the same color as the bill.


  • Brim

The brim, the peak, the bill – whatever you want to call it, it’s there to keep the sun out of your eyes! Snapbacks used to be worn for function but we’re stoked they’re now the world favorite fashion accessory. Matching colors to the eyelets and the button would be an awesome way to design and make your own snapbacks! We prefer flat brim snapbacks but we can also do curved!


  • Crown

The main bulk of the hat is called the crown. The crown is made up of fabric panels that are stitched together to make your perfect snapback. Most snapbacks come in the 6 panel variety however 5 and even 7 panel hats are super popular! The crown can be made into a low profile snapback that sits closer to the head or in a high profile that has a deeper fit.


  • Seam tape

Seam tape is a great little detail to add to a cut-n-sew order of snapbacks. It simply exists to provide a link between the panels and provide a surface to stitch them together. Printed seam tape with your company text is possible from as little a 48 hats!


  • sweat band

Keeping your noggin dry is pretty important when you’re wearing a hat! The sweat band is there to mop it all up. It’s usually colored black to avoid showing any stains.


  • buckram

The buckram is what separates a structured hat from a unstructured hat. It’s made from a heavy duty canvas that is starched to provide stiffness. The buckram is what gives the hat it’s signature shape. Unstructured hats are great for promotions or a true old school style hat!


  • underbrim

The underbrim is as you can imagine, under the brim! We absolutely love a contrasting classic green underbill as a nod to the 90’s when the snapback craze began. Almost all snapbacks coming from the major manufacturers came with a classic green bill and the trend continues today!


  • snap

And last but definitely not least, the snap! We love all hats but the snapback has a special place in our hearts. Buying fitteds results in slight variations in sizing but with a snapback you’re guaranteed a great fit unless you are a baby or Andre the giant!

We hope this little guide has been helpful! Ready to make your very own snapbacks? Stock hats from 12 hat minimums and our full cut-n-sew service from as little as 48 hats. Get in touch today to start your order!

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Head honcho at CustomSnapbacks.com.