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How to Dye Faded Hats

July 29, 2022

Anyone that has a favorite hat knows all too well how they can fade over the years. In fact, in warmer climates, your hat doesn't even have to be that old before it shows signs of wear. Everything from sweat stains to sunshine can fade a favorite hat.

How to Dye Faded Hats

If you’re old, or not so old, hat has begun to fade from the elements and long-time wear, you might be wondering how to re-dye a hat. It's entirely possible to make an old hat look like new, and in this article, we'll explain how you can re-dye hats!

Successfully Dying a Faded Hat

You can absolutely re-dye your old or stained baseball cap. It's a relatively straightforward process, and even those new to crafting can do it without a problem. First, you'll want to gather your materials. These include fabric dye, a craft knife, painters' or duct tape, and an old newspaper or t-shirt to cover your work surface.

Wash Your Hat

You'll want to start by washing your hat. You can do this in the washing machine on a gentle cycle, but be sure to let it air dry. You can also put your dirty hat in the dishwasher and wash it that way. Cleaning your hat will be sure to remove any dirt and grime before you dye the faded hat. 

Cover Up Logos

When your hat is completely dry, you'll want to use your tape and craft knife to cover up the parts of the hat you don't want to dye. In most cases, this means the logo. Place the tape over the logo and gently cut away at the tape.

You'll want to be incredibly careful here, as the craft knife can easily poke through the fabric. Take your time and don't rush this step of dyeing faded hats

Set Up Your Workspace

Find a well-ventilated place to cover your hat in fabric dye. Set up your workspace, which should be a hard surface (such as a work table or patio), and place your t-shirt or newspaper down. Put the hat on top of it. 

Spraying Your Hat

Following the directions on the bottle of fabric spray, you'll begin to apply the dye to your hat. You might want to do a spot test first to ensure the paint matches the material of your hat. When you've finished, let the hat dry entirely before placing it on your head. 

Poleberg Knows the Meaning of Hats

Many people think that a hat is just a hat, but at Poleberg, we know how special a hat can be. When you have a favorite hat, it's near impossible to find one that can take its place, which is why many people take to dyeing a faded hat they feel they can never replace. 

However, if your hat is too far gone or you're looking to switch up your options, Poleberg is here to help you find the perfect hat for you. Whether it's a replacement or an addition, we're happy to assist you with whatever you need! Contact us today!