May 6, 2014

How to restore/reshape a crushed baseball cap

I know I usually write about Linux or open source software, but today I wanted to share something I found over the weekend. To give you some background I have a favorite baseball cap that went missing a few months ago. When I moved out of my last place into my new house I found it shoved in between two things in my old closet.

Needless to say it was crushed. Not only that, since it had been hiding in the closet it had collected some dust. I decided to run it through the washing machine to get it clean. With the combination of the washing machine, and being crushed in the closet it wasn't looking too good.

I decided to check out Youtube to see if there was a good way of getting the shape back, and I found a video showing how to do it. You will need the following:

  • A can of hairspray
  • A can of mousse
  • 4 rolled up t-shirts
  • Several plastic grocery bags

Here is the video I watched:

As you can see in the video, after hand scrubbing his hats he sprayed the white area inside the hat with hair spray while the hat was soaking wet. He then took the rolled up t-shirts and used them as the mold for the hat. He then put the hat on the t-shirt roll and tightened the hat down as much as possible. He then filled in any loose spots with the grocery bags. Finally he rubbed mousse all over the front.

After the hat dried, he removed the hat from the t-shirt/grocery bag mold and hit the white area one more time with the hair spray. BOOM! Hat has been restored!

Here is my hat in the drying stage:


Here is my hat in the fully dried stage:

It may be hard to tell from the picture, but trust me it looks 100 times better than it did!
What do you think? Are you going to give it a try? Let us know how it goes in the comments!

By the way, if you are a gun enthusiast like me and want a Molon Labe hat like mine you can get it here. However if you want to save a few bucks you can get a cheaper one with a slightly different logo from Amazon here.

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