I can still remember the moment I first found out about emoji. I was in the car on the way to get frozen yogurt with a friend and she grabbed my phone, demanded my passcode and added in the emoji keyboard. All she said was that she added in a life-changing feature — since then I’ve been hooked.

Everyone has their favorite emoji, but with this amazing new release of killer graphics I am constantly torn on which to choose! We printed out some of our favorites and turned them into patches for our favorite hats. But they aren’t just for hats — create these patches for dresses, backpacks, jeans, etc! Gift these hats to your besties or keep them all for yourself (we won’t judge).






  1. Print out your favorite emoji onto iron-on transfer paper. Iron it onto thick nude canvas.
  2. Paint on top of your iron-on to create a vibrant patch.
  3. Cut out your emoji design and whip stitch the edge.
  4. Hot glue onto your hat.

Who else was SO EXCITED by the release of the new emoji. The avocado is pretty great, but I’ve got to say the “face-palm” girl is my all time favorite. I had a hard time finding vector images of the new emoji online, so I sent myself a screenshot of my favorite emoji to my email. Enlarge your emoji to be about 1.5 inches by 1.5 inches and then print out onto iron-on transfer paper. Follow the paper’s instructions to transfer your emoji onto thick nude canvas.


This might sound scary, but grab your brushes and acrylic paint to paint over your transferred image. The paint will add a level of vibrancy and quality to your DIY patch that makes it look more authentic. Try to match the colors and shadows of the emoji as best as possible.


Cut out your painted patch, leaving a small canvas boarder to give you room to whip stitch.


A patch isn’t a patch without an embroidered edge! Use embroidery floss that is the same color as your patch and whip stitch around the cutout emoji.


Use hot glue to adhere the patch onto your hat.


How cute are these?! I just want to wear all of them at the same time, because they’re all great and I can’t pick a favorite.


This white and gray wintry hat needed a bright and colorful update. Notice when the edge paint color changes, so does the color of the embroidery floss. This detail will take your hat from DIY to “WHAT?! THAT IS DIY?!? NO WAY!”


Is it bad that the face palm is just so relevant to my life, haha. Face-palm girl — I feel you.


I am a huge believer in doing little things to grant you more luck. Let’s just say this crossed finger hat must be a guarantee for good luck throughout the year.


*Forever dreaming of pancakes*


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DIY Production and Styling: Kelly Bryden
Modeling: Rosee Canfield, Kristina Elkus , Sarah Vogt, Irene Lee
Hair + Make-up: Micaela Friedman
Photography: Brittany Griffin

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