How to Shrink a Spandex Hat

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Spandex hats can be shrunk in the washer and dryer.
Spandex hats can be shrunk in the washer and dryer. (Image: Ryan McVay/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Spandex is a polyester-based fabric that's essentially a form of plastic. Spandex material, like nearly all plastics and rubbers, can be manipulated and shrunk using heat. If you come across a spandex hat that is a little too big or stretched out, shrink it back into usable condition with a simple process.

Things You'll Need

  • Washing machine
  • Dryer
  • Pillowcase or delicates wash bag

Set your washing machine temperature on hot. Protect the sheen of the fabric by placing the hat in a pillowcase or delicates bag.

Wash the hat on hot for a full cycle.

Immediately remove the spandex hat from the washing machine. Set your dryer on high, adjusting the duration for about an hour.

Remove the hat from the dryer. Allow a few minutes for the hat to cool. Test the fit, repeating the process as necessary.

Tips & Warnings

  • Ironing the hat with an ironing cloth might help expedite the shrinking process.

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