February 10, 2016

trapper hat (+ pattern!)

I made a trapper hat! Free pattern included.
This past weekend I had a moment of panic where I thought I'd have to change the name of the blog from "We Can Make Anything" to "We Can Make Almost Anything (except for trapper hats)." This project almost bested me, but after much frustration, cussing, & one broken sewing needle, I did it! I made a trapper hat! I knew it could be done, but my point of folly was trying to make one without a pattern. Not as simple as it sounds, not as easy as it looks. But I did it. Sorry not sorry, I'm a little bit proud of myself.
Staying warm in a do-it-yourself bomber hat (+ pattern!)
If you want to venture into the hat-making territory (it's on the more advanced side of sewing), I've made my successful pattern available below. Here are the materials I used to make this hat:
  • Outer fabric
  • Lining fabric (warm faux fur!)
  • Small buckle
  • Cotton strap to fit in buckle
  • Sewing machine & notions
  • Trapper hat pattern : page 1 | page 2 | page 3 | page 4 | page 5 (print the pages in portrait style at 100%)
Chilly times call for warm hats! Pattern included to make your own bomber hat
Once the pattern was made, the hat came about fairly easily. Essentially the lining of the hat is sewn together piece-by-piece, & the outer fabric is sew the same. Then the two join at the edges, inside out. I left open the portion of the hat where the buckles go so I could turn the whole mess right-side out when I was finished. Then the buckles/straps were pinned in place, & the hat sewn shut. The ear flaps are similar (sewn together on three sides, then turned right-side out), & I pinned each flap to the outer fabric before I sewed piece A & B together. The front flap & ear flaps are mostly for looks - I hand-sewed them in place to keep them from, well, flapping.
Make-a-hat with our downloadable pattern!
Heather's a trooper for standing outside in the cold so I could photograph her. It was like 3ยบ outside when we did these.
Chilly chilly brr brr!


P.S. Beef up your winter wardrobe with a no-knit cowl!


  1. you broke one needle? Only one?
    you are God. End of story

    1. Haha, yep! Just the one! It was truly a miracle. ๐Ÿ˜‚