|Time for hat selfies!|
First I'm just going to show you the hat, and toward to bottom of the post I'll show my templates and give tips for making your own. I made 4 prototypes before I made this hat out of a nice shearling sheep's hide. The first two were from jersey fleece, then I moved on to a fake suede/polyester fuzz combination to incorporate the thickness that the real hide would have.
|Photo-bombed by one of the local dogs. Her name is Pepper.|
With the flaps down the back of the hat reaches almost all the way down my neck, well below the collar of a jacket, and the ear flaps actually cover my ears and wrap under my chin. I haven't been able to test it yet as it's coming on summer here, but with the leather to block wind and wool to hold in the warmth I'd bet this hat will be unbeaten in the keep-my-ears-warm department. As long as my ears are warm I don't care how goofy I look :)
So you want to make your own? Here's the best info I can offer. When I went looking for Bofur's hat tutorials I assumed there would be several good ones already out there, but in fact there weren't. Of the few I found only one of them had actually caught on to the fact that you need to sweep the ear flaps forward to make them flip up right. The construction of the hat is basically similar to an old bomber cap but with the ear flaps modified. There are two mirror-image side pieces and a tapered strip running down the center.
These are my templates. I am trying to figure out a way to scan these in, but for now I hope the measurements give you enough to make your own. You can download the full-size image here. These templates make a hat that fits fairly loosely on my head. I am a petite person and generally "one size fits all" hats fit me too big, so you may need to scale the templates up/down. I HIGHLY recommend making a prototype or three before you cut into any real leather.
|Prototype made with "suede" and polyester "shearling" from Hancocks. I decided to shorten the eat flaps and front flap after this.|
With careful placement I was able to get all my pieces out of one sheep's hide, although I did end up having to cut and add an additional piece to the end of the center strip after the sewing machine scrunched it a bit. (Make SURE you flip your side piece template so you get mirror image pieces). If you look carefully at the picture above you can see where I added seam allowance to some areas, then eased it back down to just the size of the template in the areas that didn't get sewn into seams (look at the wide end of the strip where the front flap is).
|Not every day you need clippers and a vacuum to sew :)|
|Top-stitching along a seam|
|Top-stitching seen from the inside.|
Fold up the front flap and pin in place with a few stitches.
And that's it! Enjoy your new hat. Here are plenty of photos of mine, below, to help for references. If you make a hat please send me a pic or a link!
Linking up to WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.