I live in a small mountain town with my husband, teenage son, and parents. Like most other small mountain towns, this town has quite a few vintage thrift and antique stores. Tourist frequent the area and the vintage stores in the spring, summer and fall seasons, looking for treasures for their mountain homes or as a souvenir of their vacation. My mother has a booth at one of the local stores and sells vintage items that she finds other places, and she requested that I make a prairie bonnet to put in her booth.
First I tried to recall every single cowboy series I watched when I grew up, and of course Little House on the Prairie, and the women and their bonnets. Thankfully I watched lots of those shows growing up so I had lots of memories to pull from. LOL.
Then I trekked to the local quilt shop to find some fabric that would be suitable. I decided the civil war reproduction prints – an area of the store I typically avoid like the plague – would be the best place to look. I found this blue mini fern print on a cream background and thought it looked kinda ‘prairie’-ish to me. I think it will make a very pretty summer bonnet.
Then after considerable search on the internet, I decided to use this pattern from Buns and Baskets to make my hat. The pattern is simple and easy to follow and I love how all the seams are enclosed so there are no raw edges. I worked on it two evenings. Between the easy pattern, and the good quality fabric, it stitched up very nice.
Now, she wants a pink one! 🙂