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)
- Cut your cloth to a size about 1/4 – 1/2″ larger than the spot you’d like to repair.
- 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.
- Hold in place until glue has a chance to dry a little.
- Fill in and reshape the top of the hat using the glue and your fingertips (I used the scissor point).
- Allow to dry and enjoy your hat again!