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This Instructable shows how to modify a boonie hat to have a zippered secret compartment on the inside.

I got the idea to have a secret compartment in a hat from an episode of Survivorman where a guy pulls a hook and line out of the zippered compartment on his hat. I tried looking online to buy one for myself but didn't have much luck finding any so I decided it was time to make one. 

Making the hat is very easy, it's deciding what to stash in the zippered compartment that's the hard part. I put all kinds of survival gear in mine like a fishing hook, line, matches, pocketknife, sunscreen packet, etc. I also add a length of paracord around the hat as Stormdrane teaches in his Instructable http://www.instructables.com/id/Paracord-Chain-Sinnet-Fast-Deploy-Boonie-Hatband/

Step 1: Materials

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What you need for this project:
-a boonie hat (can be found online or from a military surplus)
-fabric (something sturdy)
-zipper (I salvaged mine from a cd case)
-any other sewing things you like to use like a threader or pins
jesse40151 year ago

making this now!

TN7772 years ago
Brilliant! Could you keep things in it that you don't want wet when going fishing?
sherrycayheyhey (author)  TN7772 years ago
If you put all those things in a waterproof container like a plastic bag or line the hat with waterproof material you can :)
ninjaclerk3 years ago
Nice instructable. Most Tilley hats do have a secret compartment in them--but they are pretty spendy. I lucked out and found one at a second-hand store that was never worn.
found one that had ripped and took advantage of the lifetime replacement guarentee.
This is a great idea! When I got my newest boonie hat, I was trying to think of ways to store survival tools in the brush strap, but this is a way better idea.
slopiccolo3 years ago
Awesome, I'm going to make one as soon as I get home. I'm probably going to store a ninja star in it.
bmcclish3 years ago
If you don't already have the hat, look for one of this style of hat that is meant for boating. Most of them already have a pocket in the top for foam so it will float if lost overboard. All you have to do then is add a velcro flap or a zipper.
srohwer3 years ago
Nice. I'm going to get some fabric to make custom stuff sacks and I'll add this project to the bunch. I actually have a military bill type cap that has an open pocket in the top.

What about sewing a round zippered pouch and then using Velcro© to hold it place? Then you could remove the pouch and put the hat back on.
sherrycayheyhey (author)  srohwer3 years ago
That's an awesome idea! When I saw the one on Survivorman I knew I had to have one so I jumped right in but I love the idea of a removable velcro one. If you go that route I suggest keeping in mind that your head still has to go in the hat so make sure that it's a very thin pouch so that it doesn't mess with the fit too much or look weird.