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)