How to Make a Hunting Cap

by Kristen Bailey

Making a cap for hunting is a great way to save money and allows you to customize the type of camouflage fabric to the particular foliage you will be hunting in. Wearing camouflage hunting gear helps keep you hidden from your prey and can make your hunting experience more successful. This project allows you to use a secondhand cap or cap you already have for your new hunting cap.

Items you will need

  • A baseball cap that fits you well
  • 2 yards of camouflage fabric that matches the foliage you plan to hunt in
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Milliner's glue or heavy duty fabric glue
  • Glue brush or small paint brush
  • Wig form (optional)
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Step 1

Measure across the cap from the middle edge to the opposite middle edge, with the tape measure laying across the top button. The top button is the button at the very top of the cap, where all the panels of fabric in the hat come together. Occasionally, this top button is called a squatcho. For an adult cap, the measurement from edge to edge, going across the top button, will measure around 13 or 14 inches. Add 2 inches to that dimension and cut a circle out of your fabric in that diameter. For example, if your hat measure 14 inches across the cap, cut out a circle with a diameter of 16 inches.

Step 2

Lay the fabric circle over the cap part of your hat, and tuck the edges underneath. When the fabric is in the right position with an equal edge all around, use two or three straight pins to secure the fabric to the top of the hat near the button. Glue the edges of the fabric to the underneath edge of the cap with the milliner's glue, spreading the glue on the underneath inside seam with the glue brush.

Step 3

Spread milliner's glue on the area where the cap meets the bill with the brush, and smooth the edge of the fabric circle onto that portion of the bill.

Step 4

Lay the hat on paper for the glue to dry, and when it is dry, place the hat on the wig form or place it on the table in front of you.

Step 5

Cut a piece of fabric the size and shape of your cap's bill, with a half-inch border all around. Do not create a border where the bill meets the cap. You will just layer that fabric right up against the cap, on top of the thin strip of fabric glued to the bill from the edge of the circle. Brush the entire bill with milliner's glue, and smooth the piece of fabric onto the bill. Spread a thin edge of glue on the underside border of the bill, and tuck the fabric under and smooth it onto the glue.

Step 6

Leave the hat on the wig form or table until the bill is completely dry.

References

  • "Sewing Outdoor Gear: Easy Techniques for Outerwear that Works"; Rochelle Harper; 2001
  • "The Ultimate Guide to Shotgunning: Guns, Gear, and Hunting Tactics for Deer and Big Game, Upland Birds, Waterfowl, and Small Game"; David R. Henderson; 2003

About the Author

Kristen Bailey has been writing professionally since 2002. She has contributed to "Northern Virginia Parents Magazine," "Washington Parents" and Work.com. Bailey holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and education from Longwood College, as well as a Master of Arts in educational leadership from the University of Colorado.

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