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Winter's here, and there is nothing better for keeping warm than a trapper hat. This rural favorite seems to be following the likes of plaid shirts and PBR for a surge in hipster popularity, but hipness factor aside I just love this hat! It keeps me super warm and comfy in the snow, and is perfect for some après ski bling.

Like most trapper hats, the earflaps fold up and snap into place for two styles in one. I omitted ties or a buckle at first wanting to keep things simple, but realized after it flew off sledding that ties are very helpful! I made this from disco fabric and fake fur, but you could make it from different fabrics for a completely different look.

Step 1: What You Need

Supplies for this are simple:
• Fur fabric - you don't need much, a quarter yard will do. If you use real fur, print out the pattern and use that as a guide for how big of a pelt you'll need - you could probably piece it together from 2 or 3 rabbit hides which are pretty inexpensive on ebay.
• Outer fabric - whatever you like!
• Snaps (2)
• Cord for chin ties, a shoelace works well, I used leather cord because it's what I had around.

The pattern!
There are three pieces to the pattern: the sides, a middle rectangular piece, and the front brim which will be tacked up when finished. The middle rectangular piece measures 4" x ~15" (better to err longer and cut to size), and the other two pieces are attached as pdfs. The sides just barely fit on 8.5"x11" paper, make sure not to scale when you print. My head is a size medium in helmets, so this pattern is probably a good place to start for women.

I would strongly recommend sewing up a quick sample from whatever you have lying around to test it out. At first, I thought I needed to allow more extra room for the bulk of the fur + fabric, but discovered after making my hat too big at first that the test run should still fit your head well to some extent, even as just a thin layer of fabric. It should be just tight enough to not fall off or slide around when you shake your head, still with plenty of breathing room. If you need to adjust the size, making the middle rectangle wider or narrower is the easiest way to make adjustments.
<p>great write-up, with clear instructions and good advice for mods. voted! did you also make the matching jacket? it's a super cute outfit :-)</p>
<p>I didn't make the jacket, that's from Betabrand. Thanks for voting!</p>
<p>Yet more <strong>Disco Domination</strong>! You know, I've been thinking so much about the shoes on your other project, I actually had a nightmare over it!<br>In the dream,<em> I was visited by the ghost of <strong>Gloria Gaynor</strong></em>.<br>At first I was afraid. I was terrified.</p>
wooowwwww
<p>the disco fabric looks AWESOME!</p>
<p>I like the bling</p>
<p>Awesome. I'm pretty sure that this was part of the Hudson Bay Company's dress code in the 18th century, disco fabric and all. Lincoln nearly wore a disco fabric stovepipe number at the Gettysburg address, but instead chose something a bit more somber for the occasion. </p>

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