How to Change a Hat's Size

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Just like a piece of clothing, a hat requires a perfect fit in order to look good. Changing a hat's size can be a little tricky, but it isn't impossible. You can reblock a hat, which will basically re-shape it and allow you to adjust its appearance, if necessary.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Seam ripper
  • Iron
  • Hat form or balloon
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread

Measure around the circumference of your head to find an appropriately sized hat form.

Purchase a hat block or you can also blow up a balloon to the measurement you took in Step 1. See the Resources below for a list of places where you can purchase hat blocks and forms.

Remove any grosgrain ribbon from the inside of your hat using a seam ripper. Try to avoid pulling out any lining from the hat or any pieces you may feel uncomfortable replacing later.

Moisten your hat with water or steam from an iron.

Work your way around the hat, stretching it out little by little or pushing it together, depending on what kind of changes are necessary.

Fit the moistened hat over the balloon, and allow it to sit until it is dry.

If you took out any grosgrain ribbon or lining, pin it back in place, and sew it down using your sewing machine.

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