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Fixing a Crushed Straw Cowboy Hat?

Fixing a Crushed Straw Cowboy Hat - smashed hatHow do I fix and reshape the crown of a straw cowboy hat that's been completely squashed.

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February 6, 20200 found this helpful
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One way to fix the hat is to bring a pot of hot water to a boil and hold the brim of the hat over the pot of boiling water to all the steam to get into the straw of the hat. Now take your hands and reshape the hat.

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February 8, 20200 found this helpful
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As with weaving baskets, you can soak the hat for a few minutes in tepid water, lightly dry with an old towel, then re-form the hat over a bowl or flower pot, or even a bucket that's the right (or close to right) size and shape, and let dry fully. You may need to weight it or tie it somehow to keep the desired shape while its drying. Good luck !!!

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February 9, 20200 found this helpful
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At the western wear shops they steam the Winter hats to reshape them so that would probably work for a straw Summer hat as well, but you're gonna have to find another hat to mold it over once it gets pliable from the steam or stuff it with something like newspaper or butcher paper or even fabric so it will hold the new shape. Truthfully, it looks like more trouble than it is really worth.

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February 5, 20200 found this helpful

You could purchase a wig head and place the hat on to reshape. Or you could take it to a hat shop, which cost!

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