How to Shrink a Felt Hat

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Shrinking a felt hat can make it fit much more comfortably atop your head. Shrink a felt hat with help from a fashion professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Eric Watson at Watson's Hat Shop in historical Cave Creek, Arizona. Here at Watson's Hat Shop we make fine tailored custom hats to any style. Today I'm going to show you how to shrink a felt hat. First you take a little bit of water and you just put it over the steam and based on the material, whether it's pure beaver, European hare rabbit fur felt or wool felt, will depend on how much it shrinks. Wool felt will definitely shrink the most when utilizing this process. Pure beaver will hardly shrink at all. So that's why it's always very important, when I make a custom hat, to know the exact measurement within 1/4 of a centimeter for those more fine fur felt hats that I make for the customer. And this is how you shrink a fur felt hat. And I'm Eric Watson, come visit us at Watson's Hat Shop. Thank you.

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