How to Shrink a Cotton Jacket

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How to Shrink a Cotton Jacket
Shrink a cotton jacket by washing and drying it in a specific way. (jean jacket on a hanger image by GoodMood Photo from

If you've purchased a cotton jacket that is just slightly too large for you, you can effectively shrink it down using a few laundering techniques. As long as the material used to make the jacket is 100% cotton, not polyester or acrylic, you can shrink the jacket slightly with the application of heat. This option will spare you the hassle of exchanging the jacket for a smaller size or paying to have it tailored.

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Things you need

  • Washing machine
  • Detergent
  • Clothes dryer

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  1. 1

    Set the temperature of your washing machine to "Hot" and the load size to "Small," then start the wash cycle.

  2. 2

    Pour your washing powder into the washer once water starts collecting in the basin.

  3. 3

    Place the cotton jacket into the washing machine and wait for the cycle to finish.

  4. 4

    Place the washed jacket into your clothes dryer and run it on high heat.

  5. 5

    Check the jacket every 10 minutes to see if it has shrunk enough and to prevent it from shrinking too much.

  6. 6

    Take the jacket out of the dryer for good once it is the proper size. If necessary, hang it to finish drying.

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