How to Shape a Cavalry Stetson

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How to Shape a Cavalry Stetson
Stetson hats are famously worn by cowboys. (Cowboy image by HannaSigel from

A Stetson is a hat often seen on cowboys. The Cavalry Stetson is a version of the hat that is traditionally worn by the cavalry forces of the United States. Cavalry are the horse-mounted regiment of an army. The Cavalry Stetson is made from felt, and is often shaped before you purchase it. However, you can shape the hat yourself or take it to a store to have it shaped professionally. It is recommended that you pay a professional to shape your Stetson, as professionals can use a steam machine to shape it properly. Many stores will shape a Cavalry Stetson for no charge, but if you have to pay the cost is generally very low. If you want to shape your hat on your own, you can buy the necessary equipment from a men's fashion store.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Kitchen pot
  • Hat fixing spray

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  1. 1

    Search for a store that has a steam machine for shaping hats. A haberdasher should provide this service. You may have to pay a minimal amount to have your Stetson shaped, but there is less risk of damaging your hat. Alternatively, you can shape the hat yourself.

  2. 2

    Boil water in your pot until you see steam rising. Be careful not to burn yourself if you are using a flame to heat your pot.

  3. 3

    Hold your Stetson upside down over the steam for at least five minutes. If you are repairing a crease in your hat, only hold the creased part over the steam. The steam will be hot, so make sure you do not burn your hands. When you feel the felt softening or notice a gradual change in shape, remove your Stetson from the steam.

  4. 4

    Wait for the hat to cool for one minute, before gently moulding it into your desired shape. Hold your Stetson in that shape for five minutes. If you are repairing a crease, slowly run your thumb over the crease until it has flattened.

  5. 5

    Allow your Stetson to dry for at least 20 minutes. Place your hat on a flat surface. Spray your hat with your fixing spray, covering the entire surface of your Stetson. This will ensure that your Stetson remains in shape.

Tips and warnings

  • Shape your Stetson gently so you do not create unwanted creases in the felt.
  • Be careful not to burn yourself on the flame or the hot steam. If you suffer a burn, run cold water over the affected area before dressing it.

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