How to Make a Ghillie Suit Hood

Updated July 19, 2017

Constructing your own gillie suit can be tedious and take over 100 hours of work, but doing it yourself can provide you with a well-fitted gillie suit that has customised camouflage for the region you plan on hunting or photographing. To complete any gillie suit you need to construct a gillie hood. While some hunters, nature photographers and military professionals use a separate gillie headpiece, others find it convenient to have a gillie hood attached to their suit.

Cut a piece of black netting with the scissors about twice the size of your boonie hat or 24 inches by 24 inches.

Sow the black netting to the top of the boonie hat with the front edge of the netting lined up with the brim of the hat. Extra netting should hang off the sides and back of the boonie hat only. Use simple stitches and tie them off with a square knot spaced every 4 inches until you have covered the hat.

Cut 1-inch-wide strips of camouflage burlap about 1 foot long with the scissors. You need enough strips to cover the netting on the boonie hat, so make at least 25. You can make more later if necessary.

Tie the end of each strip of camouflage burlap onto the netting sewn to the boonie hat, leaving about 10 inches of burlap hanging off the netting. Use a simple square knot to secure the burlap strips to the boonie hat netting.

Tear each camouflage burlap strip repeatedly until they are all completely frayed. Be sure to tear each strip of burlap as randomly as possible to help break up your gillie hood's outline.

Place your new gillie hood on your head while wearing your gillie suit and use a mirror to make note of which squares of netting make contact with your gillie suit around the sides and rear of your head. This is where you will attach the gillie hood to your gillie suit.

Sew the netting hanging off the back and sides of the ghilie hat to the gillie suit along the netting squares you noted earlier. Continue to sew the excess squares of netting below the long squares to reinforce the connection of the gillie hood to the gillie suit.


Make the camouflage burlap strips that hang in front of your face a little longer and fray them enough so that you can see through when wearing the gillie hood.


Stay away from open flames when wearing your hooded gillie suit; they are extremely flammable.

Things You'll Need

  • Boonie hat
  • Black netting
  • Black thread
  • Camouflage burlap
  • Sowing needle
  • Scissors
  • Gillie suit without hood or headpiece
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Scott Friedman is a writer based in Bend, Ore. Friedman was a technical writer for a USAID contractor and a community health system. He writes for various magazines and websites while running a proposal development firm, BDC International. He holds a B.A. in international affairs from George Washington University.