Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Little Sunbonnets on the Prairie

It’s Shameless Commerce Tuesday, and today I’m featuring my prairie pioneer sunbonnets for girls, available in four colors.  

My sunbonnets are made from high quality 100% cotton reproduction fabrics - -new fabrics made to look authentically old.  I choose prints from the 1850-1890 era, because those would correspond to pioneering days on the American prairie. 

Sunbonnets are not my best sellers, but I love making them.  Most of the recipients are little girls who love the Laura Ingalls Wilder “Little House” books as much as I, and my daughter, and my granddaughters did.  

Now that the reruns of the TV show, Little House on thePrairie are on the INSP cable channel, a whole new generation of girls can be captivated by the stories of Laura and Mary Ingalls.

INSP: Little House on the Prairie

Here is a nice review I received from one happy sunbonnet customer:

This sun bonnet is made extremely well and it is beautiful! My daughter wanted a sun bonnet like Laura in the Little House series and she was soooo happy to have received one. Seller is responsive and very nice, item shipped ASAP!

And here is another -- one of my favorites:

My daughter has barely gone a day without it dangling from her neck. Thanks so much.

I was delighted to learn that Andover Fabrics will be releasing a Little House on the Prairie line of fabrics this November (barely in time for the holidays).

The little town on the prairie, De Smet, Kingsbury County, South Dakota, is not far from the farm where I grew up in neighboring Lake County.  They hold an outdoor pageant each weekend in July on the old Ingalls homestead.

Here is a photo of granddaughter Madeline taken a few years ago at the Ingalls homestead.

Perhaps my current fascination with tiny houses stems from my childhood wish to live in a claim shanty like Laura:

Dugout claim shanty on the Ingalls homestead - DeSmet, SD

Someday, many years from now, I hope to retire to a tiny house by a babbling brook.  For now, I just collect pictures and post them to my Tiny Houses board on Pinterest.



  1. SO cute! I actually had a similar one when I was a little. Adorable.

  2. These bring back some memories! In first grade I had two 'Little House on the Prairie" outfits that I would actually even wear to school occasionally. Then a few years later my parents started Civil War reenacting, so I am very familiar with historical repro fabrics. I didn't know about that particular museum and Ingalls homestead, though. That's actually kind of surprising to me considering I started attending living history museum conferences/workshops in middle school! Yep, I'm a nerd.

  3. Another Little House fan!! Glad this brought back some fun memories.

  4. Great sunbonnets! Recently I saw a new version of the Sunbonnet Sue quilt pattern. It would look good with those reproduction fabrics!

  5. Love your sun bonnets! If you lived here in Urbandale, IA, I'd tell you to offer them at Living History Farms, where they have a shop with handmade items, among them period clothing.

  6. I loved Little House on the Prairie and watched it as a kid plus I read all the books! I hope your dream of a tiny house comes true one day! Seems the tiniest I can get my hubby to commit to is 1400 sq ft. Not very tiny.