After a winter in storage, you might pull out your straw hat to find it crushed or torn, but you can repair it! With a little steam and an iron you can have your hat looking like new in no time. Straw hats can dry out, which makes them brittle and likely to tear. Refurbish the hat before it tears with a bit of hot water.
To repair a straw hat, you'll need an iron, a pot of hot water, a towel and a bowl that the head of the hat fits into. If the hat is torn, you will need pieces of netting that are the same color as the straw as well as invisible thread and a needle. Fixing your hat shouldn't take you more than an afternoon.
Reshape a crushed hat by carefully holding the hat over a pot of boiling water. Let the steam moisten the straw's fibers so that you can shape it back to the normal shape. Protect your hands from the heat of the steam with oven mitts. If the straw has dried out during the wintertime, add moisture to it by soaking a towel in hot water. Wring the towel out to remove excess water, then drape over a bowl. Set the hat upside down in the bowl, on top of the towel. Fold the ends of the towel over the opening of the hat, covering it completely. Let it sit overnight.
Repair damage to the brim of the hat by ironing out any creases or wrinkles. Use an iron set on a low heat setting. Anything above medium heat can burn the straw. Don't hold the iron to the hat for too long to avoid burns.
Conceal tears in the straw by placing a few layers of netting behind the tear, either under the brim or inside the hat. Use netting that matches the color of the hat. Sew the netting to the hat and the tear should be covered up.