Make a Girl’s Simple Prairie Bonnet

Our girls love hats. But buying these little prairie bonnets are pricey! Here is a fun homemade idea, easy to put together, and inexpensive! If your girls love the Little House on the Prairie Books, make the Girl’s Simple Prairie Bonnets!

Make a Girls Simple Prairie Bonnet

This bonnet can be used as a nightcap, but with ties, use caution with smaller children. A simple prairie bonnet for your little lady is a better idea! This is a quick and lovely gift!
  • 15″ x 36″ cotton fabric – I used white for a simpler look, but pretty calicos work too!
  • 1 yd. 1/2″ Ribbon
  • 1 yd. 1/4″ Ribbon
  • Matching Cotton ThreadTips: When beginning to sew a line, make sure to back up the stitch to lock it in place. You don’t want stitches unraveling!

    If you have a 1/4″ presser foot, this helps to stitch close to the hemline for your topstitching.

    1. Hem and press each short side of the fabric 1/4″, hem again 1/4″.

    2. Topstitch both sides in cotton thread, very close to the edge.

    3. Turn and press one long side 1/4″, then press and hem another 2 1/4″. Topstitch in cotton thread. Measure 3/4″ from the stitched hem and sew a straight line to make a casing. This is for the 1/2″ ribbon.

    5. Turn and press the other long side 1/4″, then hem 3/4″. Top stitch in cotton thread. This is the casing for the 1/4″ ribbon.

    Here’s what we have now:
    You can see the extra line on the wide hemmed side for the casing.

    6. Attach a safety pin onto the end of the 1/2″ ribbon and insert through the 3/4″ casing on the 2 1/4″ hemmed side. Pull snug to make the front ruffle for the bonnet, leave even amounts of ribbon on each side for the tie. For a larger girl, make less ruffle and leave a longer amount of ribbon.

    7. Repeat inserting casing on the other long side and tie a bow snug to making a little circle for the back of the bonnet.

    Put it on the little girl and adjust the ribbon. To make these comfy, it helps to have them put their head back while you tie the ribbon. Done! Very simple and fun for them to play in!

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12 years ago

My girls would love bonnets like that, I wonder if I can talk my mom into making them some 🙂

12 years ago

Please Enter ME! Thanks a bunch!

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12 years ago

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12 years ago

I have been wanting an easy bonnet pattern! Thank you so much! I appreciate this blog. 🙂