Quick and Easy Hat Strecher




What you need
-Double eye turnbuckle (about $3 at your local hardware store)
-Scrap wood
-Drill and bit

Drill some overlapping holes in a couple of pieces of scrap.  You'll put the turnbuckle eyes in the holes in the scrap.  Round the sharp edges of the scrap.  I used a rasp.  Wet the brim of the hat, place the scrap pieces in the hat, the turnbuckle eyes into the holes and expand the turnbuckle.  Go slowly.  You don't want to end up with a hat that's too big.  You can also break the thread in the band if you stretch it too much.  Wait for the hat to dry and see how it fits. 

Fancy upgrades  
Cut the scrap pieces to fit the shape of the hat if you're stretching a nice felt hat.  Put dowels through the scrap and the eyes of the turnbuckles to attach the scrap to the turnbuckle. 

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    7 years ago on Introduction

    wow i am glad i found this do you know if i could stretch shoes too


    8 years ago on Introduction

    cool idea ! I have a thrift store find stetson tahts just a little to small Ive been trying to figure out how to stretch, this could be my savior !