How To Put Stampede Strings Or Chin Straps On A Cowboy Hat?

Cowboy hats are timeless fashion statements that have been around for centuries. Not only do they look good, but they can also protect from the sun and wind.

To ensure your cowboy hat protects you from the elements properly and does not blow away during windy days, it is important to know how to properly put on a stampede string or a chin strap to your cowboy hat.

This article will provide step-by-step instructions on correctly putting a stampede string or chin strap on your cowboy hat. So, keep reading if you have a cowboy hat and need to know how to put a stampede string on it.

How to put stampede strings or chin strap on a cowboy hat (Step by step guide)

If you’ve ever wanted to give your cowboy hat a little extra flair, adding a stampede string or chin strap is the perfect way to do it.

This step-by-step guide will show you exactly how to put a stampede string or chin strap onto your favorite cowboy hat with minimal fuss. All you need is some patience and two stampede strings.

Follow these easy steps, and you’ll be on your way to having the perfect cowboy look in no time!

Step 1: The first step is to measure the length of each stampede string so that they fit comfortably around your head when wearing the hat.

If the strings are already of your desired length and you are comfortable with them, you can skip this step. Once you have determined the desired length, cut each end of both strings.

Step 2: Next, thread one end of the string with the metal piece through the stitching hole in the hat’s sweatband. Loop it back around and pull it snugly but not so tight that it s too constricting.

Don’t pierce any holes in your hat’s sweatband; put the stampede string through the stitching holes. Make sure that the stampede strings are not too tight or loose around your head so that they are comfortable enough to wear for long periods.

There is a sweatband attached to the cowboy hat that improves the fit and comfort of your cowboy hat and keeps sweat out of your eyes.

Step 3: Repeat the same process on the opposite side of your hat band. That’s it; this is how easily you can put your stampede strings on your cowboy hat with just three easy steps.

Also read: How to stretch a cowboy hat?

Where do you put the stampede strings?

It would help if you always put the stampede string through the hat’s sweatband. A sweatband is always attached to a cowboy hat that provides a more comfortable fit and keeps sweat out of your eyes.

Putting your stampede string through the hat’s sweatband will give you a tighter fit. You can adjust the tightness of your stampede strings by pulling the string on both sides of your cowboy hat.

Before putting the stampede string, make sure you know your cowboy hat’s front and back. Stampede strings should be attached to the inside of your cowboy hat and both sides.

If you need more clarification about the front and back of your cowboy hat and where to put the stampede string, then I have already written an article on how to identify the front and back of a cowboy hat; you must read it first.

Attaching a stampede string on a cowboy hat is a very easy and simple task, but you must make sure that you are doing this properly.

How do stampede strings work?

Stampede strings, also known as chin straps, are popular accessories for cowboy hats. Not only do they keep your hat on securely in windy conditions, but they also make a fashion statement.

It’s important to know how to put a stampede string or chin strap on properly so that you can look great and stay safe while wearing your cowboy hat.

I have provided step-by-step instructions for putting on a stampede string or chin strap. Now, let’s understand how these things work.

The stampede string or chin strap comprises two pieces of cord, with a metal piece on each end. The metal pieces fit into holes in the hat’s sweatband designed to hold them in place.

The advantages of attaching a stampede string to a cowboy hat

A stampede string or chin strap is essential for any cowboy hat. Not only does it add a stylish and classic touch to the outfit, but it also has many practical advantages.

For starters, having a stampede string attached to your cowboy hat can help keep it in place when riding horses or performing other activities that require physical exertion. The string will ensure that the hat stays snugly on your head, so you don’t have to worry about losing it during vigorous activity.

Furthermore, due to this snug fitting, the cowboy hat can prevent dirt, dust, and other debris from entering your face and eyes while working outdoors on windy days or during harsh weather conditions.

Finally, attaching a stampede string to your cowboy hat adds character and style to your outfit. Many cowboys and cowgirls choose to tie a stampede string to their hats and wear them as they go about their daily routines. This is especially true if they are attending a rodeo.


Putting a stampede string or chin strap on a cowboy hat is easy. With just a few simple steps, you can easily attach your straps to your cowboy hat and be ready for any outdoor activity.

From selecting the right size strap to the final step of tying off your knot, following these instructions will ensure a secure fit while enjoying yourself in the great outdoors.

Straps attached securely to your cowboy hat are important for comfort and safety measures when enjoying outdoor activities such as horseback riding, hiking, camping, etc.

Tying off your knots tightly will help ensure they don’t come loose while wearing them and provide peace of mind knowing that you won’t have a mishap during outdoor excursions. Taking care of your cowboy hats by attaching stampede strings allows for one less worry out in nature.


Does stampede string go in front or back of cowboy hat?

The stampede string does not go in front or back of the hat. The stampede string goes side by side with the hat. That is why it is very important to know the front and back of your cowboy hat before attaching the stampede string.

What is the name of the strap that is on a hat?

The strap outside a cowboy hat’s crown is called a hat band, whereas a strap inside a cowboy hat’s crown is actually a sweatband.

How do you attach a stampede string to a straw cowboy hat?

Both straw and felt cowboy hats have a sweatband attached to the inside of the crown. You can attach the stampede string to the sweatband through the stitching holes.

My name is Brandon J. Nava, and I consider myself an expert on the cowboy lifestyle. I regularly attend events at the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) am I am a member of the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA). I've participated in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo or the Pendleton Round-Up and I aspire to be awarded by the American Horse Council or the United States Equestrian Federation in the near future. In addition I've visited lectures and educational programs at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.