How to Make a Hat Fit

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How to Make a Hat Fit
It's hard to enjoy a hat that doesn't fit right. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

Like many striking accessories in women's fashion, a hat can make or break an outfit. The right hat can transform an outfit, instantly making it seem more fashionable or elegant. Hats also offer the added benefit of protecting your face from the sun and shielding your hairdo from gusts of wind. However, if your hat blows off your head at the slightest wind or you feel you need to constantly adjust it from slipping over your eyes, you need to take aggressive action to get your hat to fit better.

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Foam tape
  • Scissors
  • Sponge

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    Resize a Large Hat

  1. 1

    Measure the inner diameter of your hat with a tape measure. Write down the dimensions.

  2. 2

    Purchase foam tape that's at least 2 inches wide at a hardware store. Cut a strip of tape to the length you measured in Step 1. Peel off the adhesive backing.

  3. 3

    Press the sticky side of the foam inch by inch into the inner diameter of the hat along the crown. Press firmly against the foam making a tight bond.

    Stretch a Tight Hat

  1. 1

    Dampen a clean sponge with warm water. Apply the sponge to the inside crown of the hat, wetting it evenly and carefully.

  2. 2

    Place the hat over your knee and place your right hand on the inside of the right brim. Place your left hand on the inside of the left side of the brim.

  3. 3

    Stretch your hat by pulling from the inside of either side of the brim. Turn the hat 90 degrees and repeat.

  4. 4

    Place your hat on your head and assess the size. If it still feels too tight, dampen the inner crown again and stretch again, gently elongating the material to fit better on your head.

Tips and warnings

  • If you're in a pinch, bunching up the inside of the interior ribbon of your hat and securing it in place with safety pins will help make a loose hat feel tighter.

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