Published on September 1, 2014 by Amy
The otter fur cap is traditionally worn by the Potawatomi Indian tribes who populated the east woodland regions belonging to modern-day Michigan. Otter fur caps, or turbans as they are also called, are more like a wide headband with a long tail down the back. They are mostly made from a combination of fabric and fur, and can be plain or highly decorated with traditional embroidery or beadwork.
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1. Cut a length of fabric an inch longer than the head circumference of the cap wearer, and 5 inches wide. Cut a second length of material about 12 inches long and 5 inches wide, which tapers at one end into a point, to make a long triangle.
2. Fold and press a double 1/4-inch seam along the long edges of both pieces of fabric and sew down with a flat stitch on a sewing machine.
3. Fold the head circumference piece of fabric into a circle and sew the ends right-side together to make the loop of the cap.
4. Cut a strip of otter fur that is around 4 inches wide, and around 4 inches shorter than the head circumference measurement. Pin the fur over the fabric loop, with the gap created by the fur being shorter over the seam portion of the loop. Hand sew the fur to the fabric loop.
5. Cut out a triangular piece of fur around half an inch smaller all around than the triangular piece of fabric. Pin it on top and hand sew it in place.
6. Place the wide end of the triangular tail piece of the cap over the gap in the fur on the loop of the cap. The end of the triangle should be even with the top edge of the loop. Hand sew it in place. You can decorate the sides of the cap with embroidery or beads, or leave it plain.