"Little House" Sunbonnet

By freshlyplanted - 7:00 AM

I read through The Little House on the Prairie books twice when I was growing up, and dreamed of pioneer life. My daydreams included horse-drawn wagons, sewing samplers, and handmade clothes. While I haven't ridden a horse-drawn wagon across country (yet), or tried my hand at a sewing sampler- it has been fun to learn to stitch up a thing or two. This baby bonnet is a recent creation, and I think it would fit right into Laura Ingalls Wilder's world. Its long brim is perfect for shading baby's eyes- while the ties make sure it stays put! I found the free pattern here:

Purl Bee Sunbonnet, Free Pattern: Ages 0-3, 3-6, 6-12, 12-18 & 18-24 months.
0-3 (3-6, 6-12, 12-18, 18-24) months
0-3 (3-6, 6-12, 12-18, 18-24) months
0-3 (3-6, 6-12, 12-18, 18-24) month

This little bonnet was a gift to our newest niece, sewn in fabric passed on from her great-grandmother. I love the fabric's pattern, and it was a dream to sew with- so nice & sturdy. 

My good friend Andrea sewed Esther a Purl Bee sunbonnet, which is how I've come to love this pattern. It was either on her head or in my purse (ready to go back on her head!) all last summer. Now that this darling head is a smidge bigger, making a larger one for her is next on my list.

Purl Bee Bonnet

The thing I loved most about the Little House books was how nothing was taken for granted. Everything was handmade with love, and appreciated. While I  appreciate the luxury of not needing to sew every article of clothing, it's definitely a joy to make special things here and there. And seeing my kids wear those items the most? That makes me pretty happy, too (smile). 

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