As a custom boot maker, I could not bring myself to wear a hat made of polyester during the holiday season.  After Christmas this last year, I needed a different hat to keep my ears warm that did not have the holiday styling.  I reworked my "Santa" pattern to create a new one.  I am a great fan of all things antique, including the styles that pop in and out of fashion. Here are instructions for my second version shearling hat.

Step 1: Materials

There are not many parts to this hat. 
-Shearling -about half of a small fleece
-Soft leather - about one square foot
-Scrap wool blanket - about one square foot

Very few tools are necessary.
-a sheet of newsprint for patterns
-measuring, marking, and cutting tools
-your favorite way to sew
              (mine happens to be a treadle powered Singer sewing machine made in 1896)
<p>What kind of shearling is best for making things such as hats and gloves? I have seen the standard rug kind with very long fur and then there is the bark tanned shearling that seems to be for saddles. I'm looking at making a hat like yours, some mittens and some winter boot liners. Thanks for the excellent instructions :) </p>
The best shearling for hats is 3/8&quot; to 1/2&quot; garment shearling. Also available is a 5/8&quot; slipper shearling with thicker skin. I get mine from the hide house in California. Good luck.
<p>This is a very nice hat. It was easy to make and the instructions were very good. I did not have any leather on hand, so I used denim from an old pair of jeans. It only took me 45 minutes to an hour to make. I am giving it as a Christmas gift to my uncle. I am also going to make one for my grandfather. But two of my brothers, and my sister want one too. So I will be making this hat a lot.</p>
I am happy that my instructions helped you. It sounds as though there will be a warm, Merry Christmas in your neck of the woods.<br>Cheers!
We will have a warm Merry Christmas. But unfortunately we are right in the middle of the city. The people I am making the hats for do live out in the country, but not us.:-) <br>Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
<p>neat instructions neat looking hat too</p>
A hat like that would be great for as cold as gets in north central Nebraska.<br />
The talcum powder in step 3 is a great tip!<br />
Thanks, I wish I could claim it.&nbsp; This method of marking is an old bootmaker tip for laying out the tops.
Cool hat Kyle.<br />
The mustache says &quot;I killed and skinned whatever the hell my hat is made out of with my bare hands.&quot;<br /> <br />

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