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School skits, harvest festivals, and Halloween are times when you might want to make a pioneer style bonnet for yourself or your child. They are also very good sun bonnets. This is a page about finding a pioneer bonnet pattern.


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February 24, 2011

I am looking for a pattern for a pioneer bonnet.

By Brenda from Mesa, AZ


March 4, 20110 found this helpful

I have a bonnet, I could take a picture and email it to you if you want. Maybe I can trace a pattern from it for you. Send me an email if you want to try this. GG Vi

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June 11, 20160 found this helpful

Would you please send me a copy of pattern for the bonnet. I been looking for a pattern for a bonnett. My grams use to make them. And she has passes away a Fe years back and no one has the pattern for them. Is would really appreciate. A copy of the pattern. Thanks alot

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January 27, 2012

I bought a bonnet at a flea market, but can't figure how to make it. It has elastic around the crown and a clothes hanger to bend the outer edge around the face.


By R MC from Paragould, AR


January 30, 20120 found this helpful

Without seeing the bonnet you bought I'm having to guess, but more than likely the wire used is a commercial sewing notion called millinery wire. It's lightweight and won't drag the brim out of shape.

The maker may have adapted a coat hanger by bending it to the shape of the brim pattern he/she used, and then stitching it into the edge of the brim, or forming a casing (tube) to insert the wire, but I think it would be too heavy, frankly.

The elastic probably is either across the back, or around the crown to provide a 'one-size-fits-all' fit.

The best thing to do if you are interested in reproducing the bonnet is to look at the costume or historical section of the majour pattern companies like Simplicity, McCall's, and Butterick; there is also a pattern company called FolkWear with a huge catalogue of historical patterns including bonnets.


I've included links to these catalogues, hope it helps:)

Sometimes it's a good idea to invest in a commercial pattern for a unique item like a sunbonnet-you learn all the secrets and can adapt the pattern to your design ideas.

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February 24, 2011

I am looking for an old fashion sunbonnet pattern for a child, a covered wagon style. Can you help?

By Mickey from CA


Pioneer Bonnet Pattern

The site is They have the bonnet patterns, dress patterns, etc. from frontier times; like little house on the prairie styles. (01/14/2011)


By GrannyJenny

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July 25, 2010

I need to make 20 pioneer bonnets, does anyone have an easy pattern for this?



Pioneer Bonnet Pattern

I have made bonnets for school day projects by using a pizza pan to cut 2 layers. I then sew them around the two right sides together. If you want to dress it up you can sew lace to the right side of one layer before sewing it together. Make sure the lace is facing inward for when you turn it you want it to be on the edge. Then lay other piece on top, stitch around the edge or in same stitch as lace. Leave an opening and turn to right side. Stitch opening closed by machine or hand.

Take a piece of elastic measure child's head not tight just snug. Sew elastic together. Mark elastic center and fold opposite and mark sides. Do the same on hat. Take a small ruler and mark in on hat 2 inches from edge all the way around., so you will have a guide or place a piece of tape 2 inches from needle on machine and use for a guide. Place elastic to the under side using guide and stitch pull the elastic a little bit at a time til it matches the marks you measured (should be 4) back tack at the end.


Hope this is helpful. If pizza pan is not big enough find a larger circle to use as pattern. I made this for my sister for "Pioneer Days" at school and she is 36 now and never forgot the hat I made her. (05/17/2005)

By Pat Wilson

Pioneer Bonnet Pattern

My daughter and I made this pattern a while back:
Instead of the bias tape, we just seamed it. (06/12/2005)

By Paula

Pioneer Bonnet Pattern

I am very disappointed in the Mother Earth News site. The directions look really good, but where is the pattern? (05/13/2008)

By J. Greenfield

Pioneer Bonnet Pattern

On the Mother Earth News site click on "image gallery" in the article tools box in the upper right hand corner to get the pattern and other pictures related to the article (05/13/2008)


By Judebs

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