Quite a few times I’ve mentioned my trusty Panama hat that I’ve had for years. I think I bought it in 2012. It managed to lose it’s band during my trip to Grand Cayman last year, but I still love the way it looks. Beyond that, the top has cracked from years of love and wear (see also: the pinch hat grab). I am not one to give up things I love easily, so I decided that I would repair it.
After doing some research about how to repair a straw hat, it seems like it would be easy enough for me to attempt, so I gathered up some materials and patched up the problem. If you’ve got a Panama hat on the fritz, you can likely repair yours too. It was super easy, and materials can be purchased at a local craft store or online. Here’s how…
Broken hat (don’t fix it if it’s not broken!)
14 Aida Cloth in Ivory (used for repair, found in cross stitch department.)
FabriFuse (or any other quick dry, flexible fabric glue that dries clear)
1. Cut your cloth to a size about 1/4 – 1/2″ larger than the spot you’d like to repair.
2. Apply glue to one side, then glue cloth on the inside of the hat, pressing at the seams and shaping until it is the right shape.
3. Hold in place until glue has a chance to dry a little.
4. Fill in and reshape the top of the hat using the glue and your fingertips (I used the scissor point).
5. Allow to dry and enjoy your hat again!