How to Make a Fitted Hat Smaller
Wearing a hat that doesn’t fit properly can be uncomfortable unflattering. Perhaps you’ve recently lost weight or your hat has stretched out over time. Whatever the reason there are several methods you can use to make a fitted hat smaller.
Method 1: Using a Hat Reducer Tape
One of the easiest ways to make a fitted hat smaller is by using a hat reducer tape. These tapes are specifically designed to help reduce the size of your hat by up to one size.
1. Start by cleaning your hat. Use a damp cloth to wipe down the interior exterior of the hat removing any dirt or debris.
2. Measure the circumference of your head. Use a flexible tape measure to determine the circumference of your head. Hold one end of the tape measure in the center of your forehead wrap it around the fullest part of your head (usually just above your ears).
3. Cut the hat reducer tape. You’ll need to cut the tape to the appropriate size based on the measurements you just took. Simply cut the tape to the length that corresponds to your head size.
4. Apply the hat reducer tape. Peel the backing off the tape apply it to the interior of the hat. Start at the back of the hat press the tape down firmly as you move towards the front.
5. Try on the hat. Once you’ve applied the tape try on the hat to see if it fits. If it’s still too big you can add additional tape until it’s the right size.
Method 2: Using Heat Water
Another method for making a fitted hat smaller is by using heat water. This method is a bit riskier so be sure to test it on a small area of the hat first.
1. Boil a pot of water. Fill a pot with water bring it to a boil on the stove.
2. Soak the hat. Submerge the hat in the boiling water for about 30 seconds. Be sure to keep the hat moving in the water to ensure that it’s evenly heated.
3. Remove the hat. Use tongs or a slotted spoon to remove the hat from the water being careful not to burn yourself.
4. Shape the hat. While the hat is still hot use your hands to shape it to the desired size. You can also use a wooden form or a ball to help shape the hat.
5. Let the hat dry. Allow the hat to air dry completely before wearing it again.
Method 3: Using a Hat Stretcher
If you’ve accidentally shrunk your hat in the wash or want to stretch it out slightly you can use a hat stretcher to do so. A hat stretcher is a device that stretches the hat’s fabric helps it return to its original size.
1. Clean your hat. Use a damp cloth to wipe down the interior exterior of the hat removing any dirt or debris.
2. Insert the stretcher. Insert the hat stretcher into the hat making sure it’s positioned correctly.
3. Adjust the stretcher. Use the adjustment knobs on the stretcher to stretch the hat to the desired size.
4. Let the hat sit. Leave the hat in the stretcher for a few hours to allow it to fully stretch out.
5. Remove the stretcher. Carefully remove the stretcher from the hat try it on to see if it’s the right size.
Making a fitted hat smaller takes a bit of effort but with these tips you can ensure that your hat fits perfectly every time. Whether you’re using a hat reducer tape heat water or a hat stretcher be sure to take your time follow the instructions carefully. With a bit of patience effort you’ll have a perfectly fitting hat in no time.
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