How to Reshape a Creased Straw Hat

I own a straw hat that I've had for many years, and on my most recent vacation, it got crushed in my backpack. Ever since then, it just looks crushed, floppy, and bent out of shape. I was sad about that because it was one of my favorite hats, but I didn't want to let it go, and I was determined to find a way to fix it. Thankfully I found a solution and I'm going to be sharing with you a super-easy way to fix the creases in straw hats with a clothing steamer.

reshape a straw hat, How to reshape a straw hat
How to reshape a straw hat

reshape a straw hat, Reshaping a straw hat
Reshaping a straw hat

Prepare the steamer

The first thing to do is fill your steamer up with water and switch it on to the high-heat setting. On the steamer I'm using, you have the option to lock it to stay on (so that you don't have to keep your finger on the on button). 

reshape a straw hat, Reshape a hat
Reshape a hat

Steam the sides

Take your steamer, hold it at the crease of the hat, and steam down. Do that all the way around the hat and on both sides. The steam reshapes the brim and removes the creases altogether.

reshape a straw hat, How to reshape a hat
How to reshape a hat

Steam the crown

For the crown part of the hat, press it out from the inside so that the material isn't sinking in. Then proceed to steam it.


If you don't have a steamer, you can straighten up your hat by boiling a pot of water and holding the hat above it.


You can just steam that hat while you're holding it, but I found that the best way to do it was to put the ha on a flat surface like you're ironing it (I put it on my bed).

reshape a straw hat, Reshaping a hat
Reshaping a hat

This is the finished product. I can definitely tell the difference after steaming the entire hat, and I'm really happy with how it turned out. This brings me back to when I would wear it all the time after I first bought it, as it looks the same way it did back then.

There we have it, just in time for the summer. You no longer have to go out and buy a new straw hat. Just fix up your old one quickly and easily with a steamer or a boiling pot of water, and you're ready to hit the beach.


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