How to Make a Coon Skin Cap

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How to Make a Coon Skin Cap. Coonskin caps were first worn by our pioneer ancestors and have been an American symbol ever since. If you have 2 coonskins, you can make your own coonskin cap. This is an excellent project for a father-son weekend. It's also a fun project if you want something to keep your head warm the next time you go hunting.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 coonskins
  • Tape measure
  • Cardboard
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Woolen fabric

Measure the circumference of your head. Use the tape measure for this. Or you can wrap a piece of lightweight cardboard around your head to get the measurement.

Take the measurement for the circumference and divide it by 2 and add 1 inch. Now you know how long to make the sides, including seam allowances.

Cut two strips approximately 3 to 4 inches wide. Cut these strips from the darker back sections of the coonskin.

Use your circumference measurement to figure out the pattern top. Take the measurement before adding in the seam allowance and divide by 3.14 (pi). This gives you the diameter of the circle you need for the top pattern.

Draw the circle on a piece of cardboard. Cut it out. Lay the cardboard circle on the back section of a second coonskin. Cut around it.

Sew the two strips together on the wrong side so that the fur runs from front to back. Join the top circle making sure the fur is also running the same direction. If you do this properly, the three pieces of fur should resemble the color placement on a live raccoon.

Make a liner out of woolen fabric. Join the pieces as you did for the coonskins. Then sew the liner to the outside edge of the coonskin cap.

Utilize a basting stitch to sew the raccoons face to the front of the cap. Attach the tail about halfway up the back seam. If you want, you can also attach the legs and feet to the sides of the cap as well.

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