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How to Reshape a Trucker Hat in 3 Minutes

Nantong Foremost Garments & Accessories Co., Ltd. Updated Jun. 21,2024


Problems would happen when you wear hats, wear and tear, storage issues, that’s why you need to reshape hats. 

Most hats can easily be reshaped and returned to their former glory with just a little bit of water and some elbow grease. If you're looking to protect your favorite hat and extend its lifespan, we've got you covered with our tips and tricks for how to fix a wrinkled hat.

For today’s article, we would discuss right techniques, restoring the shape of a trucker hat is possible, let’s dive in!!

Section 1 Understanding the Structure of Trucker Hats

Basically, a cap consists of two main parts; the crown and the brim. While the brim of the cap is the piece that sticks out and protects your face from the sun, the crown is the part that covers your head. The crown is usually built up by five or six panels that are sewn together to the shape of a half globe.

Trucker hats are made up of polyester, spandex, elastane, cotton, acrylic, nylon, etc. Mostly, trucker caps are only available in the combination of natural fabric and polyester to design the mesh back. Polyester is a synthetic fiber. It is one of the most popular materials used in making hats.

blue vintage trucker hat

Section 2 Preparing to Reshape Your Trucker Hat

To avoid damaging the hat's materials, test detergents on a small, hidden area inside the hat before washing. Most modern hats can be soaked in water and hand-cleaned. Add a dash of mild detergent to a bucket of water and stir. If you have tough stains on the hat, use a stain remover and a toothbrush to pre-treat.

Tools and materials needed for reshaping: steam iron, towel, bowl or form. Steam iron is an electric iron that emits steam from holes in its flat surface, as an aid to ironing articles that are completely dry. Towel is a piece of absorbent cloth or paper used for drying or wiping a surface. Towels draw moisture through direct contact.

Section 3 Reshaping the Bill of the Hat

Just like with most accessories, some people may prefer their hat's brim to be curvier, while others may prefer it to be flatter. It honestly depends on what styles you like and what look you're going for. However, when it comes to baseball caps, it's good to bend them in order to give that sporty look.

Flat-bill caps is generally casual fashion style that people can easily match, sometimes people will wear flat-bill caps to make them look cool. Curved-bill caps is more likely sport, outdoor style.

Fill a tea kettle with water and bring it to a boil. Hold the hat over the steam from the kettle, being careful not to let the hat touch the water. Use your hands to gently reshape the hat, focusing on the areas with creases. Allow the hat to air dry in a cool, dry place.


Section 4 Adjusting the Crown and Front Panel

The process of reshaping a hat is similar to the process of ironing the wrinkles out of clothes. That means you'll need plenty of steam and heat to get the job done. At Hats Unlimited, we use a steamer to shape our inventory and keep it looking great. But if you're shaping a hat at home, you may not have a steamer available. A tea kettle full of water is our favorite way to use the steam method at home. 

Simply allow the steamer to heat up or bring the water in the kettle to boil to generate the steam you'll need to work just about any hat back into shape. Don't have a tea kettle? The steam function on an iron works too — just be careful when you're working with a hot iron. The metal plates can burn or damage the fabric of your hat — or your own skin.

Place your misshapen hat in the path of the steam so it permeates the inside and outside. The steam will quickly make your hat warm and soft. This i

s when you can start reshaping your hat with your hands. Just knead the hat with your hands and fingers to shape the crown and brim into the correct positions.

Section 5 Handling the Mesh Back

How do you make a mesh hat smaller?

Steps to Shrink a Hat

 Heat a pot of water. It should be spacious enough for a hat.  

 Submerge the hat completely. Force it down until it can stay submerged on its own. ...

 Allow the hat to soak for several minutes.  

 Ring the hat of excess liquid and wear the hat until it dries.

Fixing your hat's crushed areas is the most straightforward with a steamer. Let the steam envelope the hat one section at a time. The steam will make this area softer and more pliable so you can easily reshape that specific spot with your hands.

dark green velvet trucker hat

Section 6 Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Hat in Shape

How To Store Your Trucker Caps Properly

1. Protect the shape of your trucker cap.

2. Nest your trucker caps together to save space.

3. Don't forget to store your trucker caps away from direct sunlight.

4. Store your favourite trucker caps in boxes for the ultimate protection.


Wearing a hat typically is not bad for your hair. Hats can sometimes cause hair loss or thinning, but this effect is rare unless you're wearing a very tight-fitting cap all the time. "Typically speaking, wearing a hat won't cause hair thinning," Dr. Geria says.


The trucker hat came about in it's true form in the early 1970's as a promotional give-away from U.S. feed or farming supply companies to farmers, truck drivers (hence the name), or other rural workers, as companies began to realize the cap's potential for advertising and promotional. So it’s quite important to know how to reshape it.

How do you keep a hat in good condition? Resting a hat on the brim will flatten-out the brim. Dust your hat with a soft bristled brush to keep it clean. Heat will shrink the interior sweatband - avoid exposure to stoves, radiators, lamps and car windows. Store your hat in a cool dry place to help it to retain its shape and stay clean.

That’s all for today, just don’t forget to comment down and share your ideas with us!!

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