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.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.