In this next part we are going to be creating the raccoon hat from the pelt that we tanned in action one.

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Cloth because that templatePen or Sharpie

You don’t have actually a the majority of leather to job-related so you require to build a prototype/template because that the hat before you can start cutting the pelt. I constructed my using some old jeans and also cut them to do a template. At this allude you have to decide whether you desire to do a standard coonskin hat or an ext of a Mountain man coonskin hat. Ns went with the hill Man style of coonskin hat because I wanted a cap to use throughout the winter. 

Using a towel tape or a piece of string, measure up the circumference of your head. Next, figure out the diameter for the optimal of the hat using the formula d= C/π. In my situation the circumference was 22in, therefore I split 22 by 3.14, which gave me the diameter the 7in. Currently you have your basic measurements yet you need to add some extra to permit for the seams. I started with adding 0.5in to each number. 

Half of one inch may seem favor a lot yet it is only for the template, and also it is much easier to cut an ext off the layout than that is come recut a whole new template in a larger size. Trust me, ns made three templates because I cut the various other two too small. I made the height of the cap at 4.5in discovering that I would certainly curve the front to be much shorter but it would be higher in the back. 

Cutting the end Template

Mark then reduced out on her of cloth and take either directly pins or safety and security pins and also stitch them loosely together. You’ll desire your layout to fit exactly how you want your last hat come fit for this reason there might be a lot of back-and-forth that adjusting, cutting much more off, and adjusting again.

Once you have your design template fitting exactly how you desire it to, then number out what part of the coon skin friend will usage for each ar of the template. Normally you have the optimal of the hat cut from the neck area of the racoon and the sides room strips along the back. Climate you affix the tail on at the end. Since I was making a hill Man format of coonskin hat I want to save the tail attached to the earlier of the coon which would meantI necessary three shorter strips to finish roughly the former of the hat. The length of those piece was identified by the finest quality fur on the coon which expected that I had actually one long piece ~ above the back with three much shorter pieces in the front. I might have done two pieces in the front yet I go not want seam best in the front of the hat.


Mark layout on Raccoon Pelt

Take her template and also lay them out on the coon skin utilizing a pen or a Sharpie, mark out every the sections and also label it through what component of the hat is going come be. Once you room working with fur you what every one of the hair going in one direction for this reason take that into factor to consider when laying out your layout sections. For instance if you placed the template too much on the sides of a coon, the fur patterns will certainly be a bit various than the ago of the coon. So shot to place the theme from the very same color and also length of hair as possible.

You don’t want to usage scissors because you have the right to easily cut off the hair the is coming off the pelt. You’ll want to use a sharp X-ACTO knife or razor tongue to reduced each layout out. I included a bit of extra length (1/8in or so) come each layout so the I would certainly not run right into making the hat also small. Once you start sewing it was simple to trim off the extra to do the hat fit. But you can’t add on any type of extra if the hat is as well small. 

The leather roughly the coonskin neck have the right to be a bit hard so friend will desire to change out knives as often as necessary. As soon as you have actually all your sections cut out, put them all the end so the hair is walk in the very same direction.


You are lastly at the component where you have the right to start seeing her hat take shape. You desire to begin with sewing the sides of your hat and also finish up by sewing the optimal onto the sides. You’re walk to want to use a leather needle i m sorry is various than a regular needle in the it has a “self punching” pointer in order to obtain through the leather. Because that the object you deserve to use fabricated sinew or a wax thread. Ns went with fabricated sinew since it’s simple to traction apart the larger threads right into smaller threads.

Take 2 pieces of her leather and also line them up, using a needle or a small pen push the fur in and use binder clips to host them in place. When you sew by hand the fur pelt deserve to tend to slip family member to one an additional so include a halfway mark onto the leather. 

Double Whipstitch

Start at the right side of the pelt and pierce the needle towards you through both layers. Climate go v the same hole the very same direction towards you. Then move 2-4mm come the left and also start a new stitch going with the very same hole twice. Continually pushing the hair inside the seam as you go. On every stitch pull the thread tight, this offers a clean tight seem and will prevent any gaps as a animal leather stretches. To finish the stitch go v the very same hole 3 times and on that 3rd time thread the needle through that loop and also before you pull it tight, tie a knot on the end. Cut the sinew around 1in from the end of the knot.

This stitch is dubbed a dual Whipstitch which is similar to normal Whipstitch but provides much more strength and also prevents the stitches native slipping or becoming loose. Practiced the stitch top top a couple of scrap pieces of the pelt until you feel confident in make the double Whipstitch nice and neat.


When friend sew the last section approximately your head inspect to see that the fits correctly. You might need to eliminate a small extra off the animal leather in order for it come fit tight. You desire the hat to to the right a tiny snug due to the fact that when girlfriend wear the the leather will certainly stretch. When you complete sewing the sides together then is it is time to sew ~ above the top.

Place the peak of your hat on come the sides, making use of the binder clips to hold it in place. You might need to adjust the peak by cutting some off or reshaping the so the there is no buckling in the fur.

Sewing Tail

The last part is come sew the tail together to do it ring again. Beginning at the very end the the tail poke the needle in the direction of you v one sides of the pelt. Then come back around and go with both political parties of the pelt going through the same very first hole. Before you pull that loop tight press the needle up through the loop and pull tight. The next stitch you will certainly go v both sides of the pelt and before girlfriend pull that loop tight, press the needle up v the loop and also pull tight. This is dubbed a ceiling Stitch and also is a quite finishing stitch while likewise the fur on the pelt to cover increase the stitching. When you room done stitching it up you have the right to either connect it to her hat or if you have gone for a mountain man style, stitch it up as much as you have the right to to the basic of the pelt. 

Adding a liner come the hat is totally optional yet it add to a quite finishing touch. Making the liner was usually making the hat just the seams ~ above the outside. I use the exact same template the I had used with the hat. But since I wasn’t worried about seems i made one whole piece because that the side through the top. I cut the length of the sides about an inch longer than it required to it is in so the I have the right to fold it in once I sewed the liner ~ above the hat. Due to the fact that this was just the liner over there did not need to be any structural integrity so I offered a Whipstitch to sew the liner together. When I sewed the liner with each other I attached it in four spots on the inside of the hat, that method when you placed your head out, the liner did not come out also.

Blanket Stitch

Once the liner has been secured right into the hat, i then fill the hat up through wheat (something else) in bespeak to save the liner native pulling and shifting the end of the hat as you sew. Due to the fact that the seam to be a visible seam I use the ceiling Stitch to attach the liner to the hat.

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When I very first started put on the Coon cap it was a bit tight (which is just how you desire it) but after wearing that a couple of times it has actually stretch out and is currently fitting perfectly. I’ve worn it as soon as the temperature was roughly 18 and it is incredibly warm and also even windproof.