Relax! It is possible to unshrink a sweater that someone (not you, of course) popped into the dryer and that is now small enough for little Bruiser to wear.
And all you'll need to do is help your clothing fibers relax, too.
Here's how to stretch that sweater gently back into shape with the help of a little baby shampoo and a cork board.
Gently work a few drops of baby shampoo into the fibers by hand, taking care not to stretch any of the fibers during the softening-up process.
About 15 minutes should allow enough time for the shampoo to relax the sweater fibers enough so that you may begin the letting-out process.
Remove the sweater from the soapy water. Rinse in cool water to remove the baby shampoo.
Gently press or squeeze the sweater, moving from the sleeves to the collar area and working your way down, pressing out any remaining moisture as you go. Don't wring - this can damage and even break the fibers you're trying to gently coax back into shape.
Follow your rinse and squeezing routine with a roll in a clean, dry towel to remove any lingering moisture from the fabric.
It's important that the clothing's fibers contain as little moisture as possible when you begin the resizing process.
Return to re-stretch and re-pin your garment every few hours.It will take several stretching and re-pinning sessions to unshrink the garment, and ease it back to its original size.
If you adore that shirt or sweater, you'll be glad you took the time to pin, pin, and pin again.
Next time, make sure you know whether to wash clothes in hot, warm, or cold water so that you won't need to unshrink your clothes again. But the good news is: You can if you need to!
Get tips on how to wash a sweater here.