I’ve got a great tutorial for a Little House on the Prairie Bonnet to share today. I made this costume as part of my daughter’s Laura Ingalls Wilder costume for her biography fair last year, but since it’s also perfect for a Halloween costume, I wanted to go ahead and get the tutorial posted!
Since I’d already put so much effort into this costume, I told my missy she was wearing it for Halloween too, lol. She was in agreement, but as of late – she has changed her mind and now wants to be a zombie. (What? Zombie!! Where did that come from?)
I suggested she should be a zombie from the 1800’s, that way she could still wear the Little House on the Prairie outfit, but after a bit more thought I decided to not zombify this costume and just donate it to the school instead.
She still fits into the angel costume from a previous year, so I will reuse the dress and she’ll be a zombie bride instead.
For the skirt of the costume, I used my flat front skirt tutorial. I added 6 inches to the width on the front and back skirt panel, made it ankle length and added an apron.
The fabric came from Hobby Lobby, but if you really want it to be authentic looking, turns out there is an actual Little House on the Prairie fabric line!
The costume really turned out well. We got lucky on the top -it was already in her closet and once I added the little bolo tie, it really fit with the theme.
I love how the apron looks on the skirt- keep your eye for a tutorial on a toned down version of the flat front skirt with attached apron.
Ready to make the bonnet?
Little House on the Prairie Bonnet Tutorial
- Interfacing (I was out and just used a stiff white fabric instead)
- Fabric marker
- ruler/measuring tape
- basic sewing supplies
Products used and recommended in this post
- My favorite fabric shops are: Etsy, Funkalicious Fabrics, Fabric.com and Girl Charlee.
- My Sewing Machine: SINGER 9960 Quantum Stylist, my coverstitch: Janome Cover Pro 1000cpx
- My Serger: Brother 1034D 3 or 4 Thread Serger or you can just use Pinking Shears
- Rotary Cutter
- I love my large ruler and large cutting mat, but you may prefer to start of with a smaller Cutting set
- Dritz Dual Purpose Marking Pen and Fray Check
- Cordless Iron
- Wonder clips (I didn’t use these in the post, but they are just awesome!
Step 1: Get your measurements.
Decide where you want the edge of the bonnet to fall. (I went with right below the chin.) Add .5 inches to that measurement for seam allowances.
(My measurement with the seam allowances added was 19.75. My guess is this will fit a 7 to 11 year old just fine.)
Step 2: Creating pattern and cutting fabric.
Fold bonnet fabric in half and lay the fabric out flat on work space. Using a fabric marker and ruler, draw a rectangle the width of your measurement by 5 inches.
Using the fabric marker (and the edge of a plate – if needed) draw a curve on both edges of the fabric.
Cut out the bonnet brim. (your fabric should still be folded in half – so you are cutting out 2 bonnet brims. (top and bottom.)
Use one of the brims as a pattern to cut out a piece of interfacing. TIP: If you are using fusible interfacing, you could fuse the interfacing first- then just cut out the 2 pieces.
Back bonnet piece:
Use the brim measurement from above and multiply that number by 1.5 (we’ll call this number X). Cut out a rectangle of fabric that is X wide by 9.25.
Cut 2 fabric strips 1 inch by 21 inches.
Cut 1 fabric strip 1 inch by 37 inches
Step 3: Putting bonnet together.
Line up bonnet brim pieces in this order:
1st layer: Bonnet brim fabric right side up.
2nd layer: Bonnet brim fabric right side down.
3rd layer: interfacing.
Sew all the way around the curved side of the brim, 1/4 inch from edge. Trim seam allowance.
Fold brim right side out and press seam. Fold the bottom edge of the brim in 1/4th inch and press (both sides.)
Grab the back bonnet piece and fold side edges over 1/4 inch and press, fold another 1/4 inch and press. Stitch along pressed edge.
Fold bottom edge 1/4 inch press, fold over another 1/2 inch and press again. Stitch right along folded edge. (as close as you can to the edge- this creates the casing for the back bonnet tie.)
Sew a gathering stitch along the top of the back bonnet piece.
Pull on the bobbin thread ad gather this piece until it is the same width as the bottom of the bonnet brim.
Line the gathered edge along the folded edge of the bonnet brim. Pin in place and sew along the folded edge.
Fold ties chin ties in half, right sides together and sew along the side and one short edge.
Fold back bonnet tie in half and sew along the long side only.
Use a turning tool, flip ties right sides out and press.
Sew chin straps to edge of bonnet brim. (Both sides.)
Pull back bonnet tie through casing, tieing a small knot at the ends of the tie.
That’s it – you are done!
Do you have your costume planned yet?
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