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Questions – How to Shrink a Hat


@grubersmullet asks which is the best way to shrink a hat.

There are the a lot of well known ways to do this, some are more effective than others. I’ve heard of people who soak them in water and wear them around until dry, others who have cut pieces of fabric and stuffed the hat and I have even talked to people who have put them in an oven… (not suggested).

A few months ago I picked up a reproduction of the 1977 – 92 Blue Jays home hat. The difference?  Well prior to 1992, all MLB issued hats were produced without the trademark on the back, leaving the rear of the hat blank. Aside from the logo, the shade of blue that lines the hat is slightly darker and made entirely out of Wool….  Big deal, Right?  To a collector like myself, these small details are key. Perhaps too key as I spent way too much money on this thing, getting it shipped up to Canada and all.

Bloggers note –  The Hat is close to the original’s but there are still some glaring inconsistency’s between the 2, most notably in the Blue Jays logo itself. Yeah, I know, I need a life.

This was the first time I bought a hat with out trying it on and naturally when it arrived a few weeks later, the thing didn’t fit. Luckily for me, it was too big.

With Color being a main focus on this hat, soaking it was out of the question and  I wasn’t about to risk lighting it on fire in an oven. I had to get creative and find a way of combining both methods with out risking my $55 investment.

Water + Heat = Steam!

Although I’m sure that this is not the first time someone has took to steam to shrink a hat, I was pretty proud of myself for developing a fool proof system of doing so.

All you need is a pot (with a lid), a stove and some tap water. Pretty basic.

1 – Fill the pot with and bring to a boil.

2 – Once water is up to temperature place the lid over the pot while slightly offsetting the top to allow the steam to escape.

3 – Place the hat op top of the lid over the steam and let sit for 5 minutes.

4 – Remove the hat and wear it for 10 – 15 minutes until cooled off.

5- Repeat as needed.

It’s that simple… To quote “Jumpin’ “Joe Carter – “It works for me, Imagine how it will work for you.”



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4 thoughts on “Questions – How to Shrink a Hat

  1. MacChise Reply

    Thanks for the info, i was just wondering that the other day. Question though will this work on flex fit hats too??? or just regular fullbacks???

    • Nick Hansen Reply

      You may need to be the guinea pig to get that answer!

  2. Paul Reply

    Unfortunately I am one of those guys who can’t get them big enough…lol

    • Nick Hansen Reply

      lol, you get lucky every now and then!

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