What better way to prepare for the winter than by making a Russian trooper hat? This is a fur hat, symbolic of the Russian people. It is traditionally made by nomads using sheepskin, to protect them against the bitterly cold winters. Nowadays, the fur hat is a fashionable and practical item of clothing for many people around the world. You can make your own fur hat by using some fake fur, which can be sourced from a craft store.
Clear a space on your workbench and collect all the things you'll need to begin making your trooper hat. Get them ready in front of you.
Measure the diameter of your head. Place the measuring tape around the back of your head and take a measurement from the front, by your forehead. Get a friend to help if you have difficultly.
Cut a large rectangle of fake fur. The width is 8 inches and the length is the same as the diameter of your head; plus add an extra 1.5 inches onto this length to allow for a seam and room for manoeuvre while it is on your head.
Sew two ends of the rectangle in place. Bring the two widths together, tuck a half-inch of fur underneath the other edge and sew them securely. This will give you the basic fur ring used to make the hat.
Stitch a circle of fur onto the top of the hat. First, measure the diameter of the fur hat by measuring from one side of the ring to the other, then take the measurement you used for the diameter as its circumference. Cut this sized circle from fur. Sew it onto the fur ring.
Make an upturned flap of fur at the front of the hat. Cut two 4-inch incisions from the base of the fur ring, toward the top of the hat. Position these incisions just in line with the edge of your cheeks.
Fold the flap outward, then sew it onto the front of the hat.
Cut two triangles of fur out of the remaining material. The triangle measures 4 inches by 4 inches by 3 inches.
Sew the triangles onto the ring of the fur hat. Attach the shortest side of the triangle at the base of the ring so that they cover your ears. These are the traditional ear flaps that the original name of the trooper hat, "ushanka," refers to.
Put the hat on your head to check that it fits.
Things you need
- Fake fur
- Measuring tape
- Sewing kit