Taking care of a wool felt hat is just like dating a hottie - at first, all you can see is the beauty… then some time passes + it starts to accumulate a little dirt on the surface (you know it’s true). This is a totally normal progression - all your hat needs is some tender loving care to get it back into excellent condition. Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of what it takes to wash a wool felt hat in 5 easy steps!
Imagine your hat getting caught in a flood, then getting swept up in the middle of a scary tornado! It’ll be bent + misshapen after such a wild ride – sounding unbelievable? Well, this is exactly what happens when you put your hat in a washing machine! Skip the storm + wash a felt hat by hand.
Dust may gather on your hat when you’re not around, so let your wool felt hat rest on a hat stand or hang it on sandstone hat pegs when you’re not wearing it. This is a healthy practice to continue throughout your hat’s life.
Follow the rest of these steps, + you’ll continue to have the best-looking wool felt hat around.
Get yourself a nice hat brush, one with a comfortable wooden grip + bristles that are soft enough to brush the wool without damaging it, but firm enough to get the surface dirt to lift.
Brush your wool felt hat in the same direction every time you use it. Brush in a counterclockwise direction starting from the front + going all the way around. It’s best to do the crown all at once, then move onto the brim + don’t forget to brush the underside of your brim too!
Now that the dirt has been brushed to the very surface of the felt, you can use a felt hat lint roller to get the debris off entirely.
A fedora crown is pinched at the front + may be tricky to roll over, simply pull off a panel of your lint roller + use your fingers to get the sticky paper into the tight grooves.
Beneath the surface might be some oils or a tough dirt stain, for this you’ll want to use a good hat sponge. Spray some water onto the surface of the stain + gently scrub with your sponge in a circular motion until it lifts out.
Determining whether you got your stain out or not may not be apparent until that spot on your hat dries a bit. If you see that it needs a little more attention, that’s okay, just repeat this step till you get the job done.
Lastly, let your hat dry out. For the best results, let your hat air dry on an adjustable hat stand - this will save your hat from getting deformed in any way.
A good hatstand allows your hat to dry from all angles, even underneath, + it’ll keep the shape of your crown round.
Give your hat a light shower rather than a bath. Mist it with a spray bottle + make sure not to submerge it completely or you could damage it + that’s not cute.
Customized felt hat accessories like hatpins, feathers, + leather hatbands will be ruined if they get wet. Luckily, these cute embellishments are removable so you can easily get the felt wet without worrying about the rest.
Use cold water rather than warm or hot. If your water is too warm it could cause the fibers in the wool felt to expand too much + this can cause your hat to grow to a different size or become misshapen.
Apply the 5 easy steps listed at the beginning of the blog, but stop when you get to step 5 - before your hat dries all the way there are specific things you can do to get it back to its original shape.
Lay your hat, bill down, on a flat surface while it’s still drying. Hit the surface of your hat bill with some steam if it’s getting too dry. Then apply pressure to your hat bill in the areas that have become wavy - be sure the pressure is distributed evenly all the way around.
If your bill isn’t straightening out right away, don’t worry, sometimes it takes a couple of tries to get it to flatten out. If it’s really stubborn, you can place a clean, flat, weighted object on top of the bill + allow it to provide pressure for an extended period. That should do the trick.
Major bummer…but nothing you can’t fix with your hands + some heat! Just like the bill, you can apply steam to your hat crown if it’s getting on the dry side. This opens up the fibers so that your felted wool will be easy to manipulate.
Don’t have a steamer at your house? That’s no problem, take your hat into the bathroom while your hot shower steams it, or get your clothing iron + steam your crown that way.
Once your crown is steamed, start reshaping it with your hands. It should fill out in its original shape naturally for the most part, but if it’s badly crushed, you’ll need to guide it along with your fingers.
Step back + look at how great you’ve done at getting your crown back to its former shape! If you’re reshaping a fedora-style crown, be sure you’re pinching it so that either side is even. Now you can wear it as soon as it dries!
You are the queen of finding the most amazing things at vintage thrift stores + you just found the best wool felt hat ever. You’ll need to restore that old hat before you wear it + we have just the advice you need!
First, use our 5 easy cleaning steps because if this hat is vintage it’s going to need some special care before you’ll want to put it on your head.
Then take a long hard look at the sweatband inside…it’s not likely you’ll want that against your skin or hair. Grab an old toothbrush + mix a bit of laundry detergent into a cup of warm water. Gently scrub the sweatband with the toothbrush in small circular motions till you’re satisfied with its cleanliness. Wipe with a towel + let it air dry.
Now that the gross part is over with, you can worry about the surface of your new vintage find using the same techniques it takes to reshape a hat. Steam, pressure, shape + you’re almost there!
Finally, look at your new (old) hat + do a hair flip about it because it’s a beauty! You have successfully used all of the tactics from this blog + now you have a special wool felt hat you can customize with bands, feathers, + pins to make it truly your own.
Keeping your wool felt hats clean in small ways yields big results in the end + it just feels good to take special care of special things. When it's time to really give it a good wash, avoid the washing machine + use your hands with our 5 easy steps. A clean wool felt hat will last forever + you will feel confident knowing how to take care of your favorite fashion accessory! xx
Women's hat sizes are fairly intuitive. The average women's head size measures around 57cm. If you are unsure of your hat size the Gigi Pip small/medium hat would be the best starting point. The small/medium hat size is made to fit 57cm + can be adjusted down to 55cm. If you know you have a slightly larger head go with the 59cm size. As far as Gigi Pip sizing goes this is a medium/large, made to fit a 59cm head size + then can be adjusted down to 57cm. The largest size Gigi Pip offers is a 61 cm, labeled as an XL, like our other sizes the 61 can be sized down to 59 cm. For women who feel they have a slightly smaller head than normal we recommend an XS which begins at 55cm + can be sized down to 53 cm. In select styles we offer kids sizing which begins at 53 cm + can be adjusted to 51 cm.
In short- the most common hat size is a S/M (57cm). While this is the most common hat size, remember that properly sizing your Gigi Pip hat will ensure the best fit.
There are two primary methods of measuring your hat size + are based on the style in which you wear your hat. You will need to take both measurements (shown below) + then use the larger of the two measurements to determine your hat size. Once you've received your hat, you can decide how you would like to wear it + adjust your hat size accordingly.
TIP: If you don't have a textile measuring tape, use a string or piece of yarn to measure the distance around your head. After you have marked the yarn around your head, lay it out flat on the ground or table + measure the straightened out piece of yarn with a measuring stick or regular measuring tape.
Adjustable Inner Band Instructions
Flip up the sweatband to find the Velcro tab + pull to tighten. Velcro the ribbon back in place to secure your desired fit. The adjustable band can adjust the hat up to 5 cm when necessary! Some helpful tips about our adjustable inner band-
Hat Sizing Tape Instructions
Hat sizing tape is an additional option for tightening the fit of your hat. Place the foam tape on the inside of your hat, behind the sweatband, with the sticky side facing towards the hat wall. Wrap the tape completely around the hat for maximum size decrease or cut tape length in half for a more moderate decrease. Size to fit prior to removing the adhesive cover. Once the fit is correct, remove the adhesive cover, press firmly into place, and wa-lah.
For more questions about hat sizing, please contact Gigi Pip at email@example.com.