At Watson’s Hat Shop we are FULL SERVICE HAT SHOP. Since we custom manufacture hats the old fashion way we can restore old hats completely. Some hat shops can only do the minimal, but at Watson’s we have all the proper hatter’s equipment and knowledge to make that old hat look new again!

At Watson’s we re-block hats, clean hats, repair hats, leather sweatband repair, and more.  Our hat restorations and hat cleaning service are known for top quality.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the nature of manufacturers using poor quality materials, please call us first to make sure that your hat can be worked on.

Give us a call or email us for an estimate.  Or stop in the shop during our normal business hours.

When sending a hat restoration to us please make sure to include your contact info and hat measurement. Please make sure this measurement is not based solely on a hat size ticket inside a hat. Please make sure to measure your head as follows under the Custom Order link watching the Step 1 “At Home” video.


Includes a serious deep cleaning, re-blocking, refinishing of the felt, new leather sweatband, shaping, and new liner. (This is recommended for finer fur felt hats that are extremely dirty). We usually see this in western hats that are used heavily and have not been cleaned for years. Includes a hat box.

This includes: Standard Cleaning, Re-blocking, new premium leather sweatband, new satin liner, new grosgrain ribbon, brim re-flange or brim shaping, brim trimming to desired length. This restoration package includes a hat box.

The complete restoration is just like it sounds. This service brings back the life to your old hat, making it an almost new condition.

This includes a standard cleaning, premium leather sweatband, re-blocking, re-shaping, and new hat liner. This restoration package includes a hat box.
With this service the hat gets a standard cleaning, re-shaping, new sweatband or ribbon. This service includes a hat box.
This includes a light cleaning, re-blocking, re-shaping, and new hat liner.

Using a rare hat block stretching machine we are able to stretch the entire crown of the hat without just shaping the sweatband area of the hat.

(This is only recommended if the hat is a half a hat size too small. Otherwise, it’s better to do a complete restoration to obtain the proper fit without the chance of the hat shrinking back down too small)


A new satin hat liner is placed and tacked inside the hat.

Replace old ribbon on hat with the finest quality grosgrain ribbon.
Attach fine quality grosgrain ribbon to the outer edge of the brim on the hat.
Brim of the hat will be curled or rolled depending on customer’s request.

Re-flanging the brim of the hat is something required for a brim that is 3″ or less in width. Most likely done a dress hat or fedora. Using a wood flange the hat is placed on this using certain technique to ensure a smooth shape in the brim that looks great.

Sizer consist of a stiffening agent that has been used for many years. Using the highest quality stiffener the fur barbs that make up the felt of the hat are bound tighter. This is highly recommended on older hats.

Hat band, other than ribbon, is placed and tack on the hat band using strong thread that will hold up.
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