DIY: How to Resize a Hat for a Perfect Fit

DIY: How to Resize a Hat

Don’t you think it’s unfair guys always have cooler hats than girls? I always find myself buying guy’s hats, they have more selection and just better style options in my opinion. The problem is they are often, if not always, too big!!  So here’s my DIY solution to help you resize a hat a so you can have the perfect fit!

  1. Materials: your oversized hat, scissors, 2 sided tape (or glue), and  some foam padding material. (I actually recycled some foam padding out of some new boots I just bought.)  Try to find foam padding  that is about  1/8 of an inch thick and about 4-8 inches long. The bigger the hat is, the longer you’ll need the foam padding strip to be.
  2. Take a look at the inner liner band of the hat and measure how wide it is. It’s about 3/4 inches in this hat. You’ll be going to be placing a strip of foam behind the band,  so cut your foam  strip a little bit slimmer than the band.
  3. Apply double sided tape to just one side of the foam strip.
  4. Take your hat and peel back the inner band at the back of the hat.
  5. Apply your the foam strip with the sticky side down to the inside of your hat. Press down on the foam strip to secure it.
  6. Fold the inner liner band back up and if you measured it right, it should just disappear behind the band!


Additional tips:

  • To make sure your hat will be a perfect fit, you can place the strip behind the band without taping it down and try it  on first for size.
  • I recommend that you place the foam strip on the back of the hat. If your hat is really big, you can place 2 strips on the sides of the hat. I don’t recommend putting it in the front, because it won’t feel as comfortable.

I hope this tutorial will come in handy for all you hat lovers out there!



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  • Olga K'ay
    February 1, 2013

    I really need a hat in my life, I ain’t got any! I didn’t even think about checking mens section, will do that!

    • YesMissy
      February 1, 2013

      Hats are so fun! You should definitely try ’em out! 🙂

    • Lucy
      March 26, 2015

      Good to know. It never occurred to me to try the Men`s Dept. Thank you for the suggestion!

  • Emily @ TwoPurpleCouches
    February 2, 2013

    Great tip! I have a pretty small head, so even women’s hats end up being too big on me. Love your new site, by the way! It looks awesome!

    • YesMissy
      February 2, 2013

      Thanks! I think they should hats in different sizes clothes, I mean everyone’s head is a different size. lol Thanks for stopping by!

  • Eileen
    May 6, 2014

    Thanks so much! I will definitely have more DIY’s on nails & fashion coming soon 🙂 Followed you on G+ too!


  • Ricco
    March 2, 2016

    OMG! Im so Gald I ran across this site! Im was about to throw away a hat I bought because it was way to big..

  • Rebecca
    December 31, 2016

    Thanks so much for this. I was so scared I might lose my fantastic new hat in the wind and now I know how to make a quick fix and keep it on my head!

  • Jill Steinberg
    February 18, 2020

    I have used new kerosene wicks in my hats. At times I have to double them up. I stick mine on the inside of the band too. Sometimes I sew them in depending on the material of the hat. Using double sided tape sounds a lot easier!

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