House on the Prairie, Becky Thatcher and
Laura Ingalls Wilder have made these
Sunbonnets very popular! And we're finding
it a bit hard to keep up with the demand :)
What sizes work best
for my children, for me?
I see SOLD OUT or TEMP
OUT OF STOCK.. Will you get these bonnets
Do you carry little
What kind of material
do you use?
How do I care for my
Do you ship to Canada,
or outside the United States?
Do you offer overnight shipping? Which
Do you ship other than USPS?
How do these compare
to other bonnets?
Where do you get your
Do you sell patterns?
are the little little letters I see at the
bottom of the bonnet descriptions such as
NM, HL, WM, JO?
Do you sell patterns?
No we don't sell patterns, sorry :) But we
have seen costume patterns available from
places like McCall's, Butterick and
Simplicity., Though not like ours, if you
are just planning on sewing a costume for
you or your child, it might be just exactly
what you want. Our pattern was created from
an actual bonnet measurements that were
given to us and has been tweaked over time
and is not commercially available since
there are no instructions with it. Just a
paper pattern we've created ourselves.
What sizes work best for my children,
We only have 3 sizes. The baby bonnet, the
children's and the adults. The children's
goes up to approximately 8 years depending
on your child and then they would be wearing
an adult size after that. The reason for
this is that an adult size is actually only
a bit larger, easily accommodating an adult
and yet not overwhelming a child. (Unless
your child is exceptionally small....if you
aren't sure, please feel free to visit with
us first if you like to determine the best
size). The cap will be larger on a child
and the brim will be longer, however, any
adjustments can be made with ties under the
chin as well as the
ties inside the
bonnet. As well, remember
that, if you are thinking in period correct
terms, it was common for children to wear
bonnets that were a bit larger.
What kind of materials do you use?
We use some really great fabrics! We try to
get them from many different places and
always try to pick high quality fabrics with
a heavier weight to it. A good weight cotton
or cotton polyester blend is going to stand
up to more wear and longevity and you'll
love your bonnet for its durability.
How do these compare to other bonnets?
Naturally, we going to be biased:)))) But we
HAVE seen other bonnets in places national
historical site museums and gift stores. The bonnets appeared
to be from a company in PA. but looked to be
imported from China. The neck ruffle was
barely an inch long, the gather inside the
bonnet was made with elastic (ours
use ties so that you can actually have some
control over the bonnet) the
brims were not quilted like our are, 1/4"
wide zig zag stitches were made over the
bonnets to hold them together and the cotton
material was so light that we figured it
might hold up to very few washings. At best,
it was a souvenir buy. We truly make our
bonnets for wear!
Do you carry little boys bonnets?
To be honest, we don't get asked very often
to supply bonnets for little boys, however
we do keep a few baby bonnets on hand that
are either a solid color or are 'fun'
bonnets. The kind that will have things like
little trains or kermit the frog emblems on
them. You'll find them on the
page; just scroll down
and look to the bottom left.
Do you Ship to Canada or outside the
Yes, we do both. However, we have found that
rather than an automated process with
certain shopping carts that take a
predetermined amount of money at the end of
a transaction, if you can
your order and your complete address and
contact information (with phone number in
case we need to contact you regarding your
order), we can give you a more accurate
total of your shipping costs. Because
shipping costs have gone higher, most
customers prefer the extra time we take for
this step. We can then contact you with the
final cost and payment url.
Do you offer
overnight shipping? Which carrier?
we offer overnight shipping but it is not
listed on the website. We do not have a
sophisticated website in that there is a lot
of programming or impersonal shopping carts,
unfortunately. However, we certainly offer
it and have used it frequently. You can
either use FedEx,
The postal service does not guarantee
overnight delivery over the weekends and we
do not feel that is the best carrier/service
to use and does not justify it's cost.
Fed Ex has
the best service but it is expensive! In
fact, if you have your own
account number, we can also bill shipping
directly to you or your company saving time
and hassle. Many customers have chosen this
if you require overnight deliver.
Do you ship other than USPS?
Sure we do :) If you don't want the United
States Postal Service, let us know. We'll be
happy to ship UPS or Fed-EX, And either one
of those has overnight expedited air service
or ground service. Please be aware that a
Postal address and a shipping address are
two different things. You may need to give
us both. Many people will forget that and
then we get a shipping address when they
requested a postal service delivery, for
Where do you get your pattern?
Actually, it was based off an original
1850's pattern, believe it or not., We have
tweaked and modified it over the last two
years til it's become something that really
is truly ours, though it's not really so
very different from the original. We've
lengthened the brim just a bit and the neck
ruffle for custom orders at times and
occasionally we've put in 'stays' in the
bonnet brim when we've had to make an
unusually large custom bonnet. The history
of these bonnets was that many of these
women would make bonnets out of absolutely
whatever they had. Flour and feed sacks for
example. And then put strips of wooden slats
in their brim between blue jeans to stiffen
the brims; then sew them all together with
the feed or flour sacks on the top. Our
pattern is based off that, but we just are
lucky enough today to have much more
wonderful materials to work with.
I see SOLD OUT. Will these bonnets be
back in stock?
We put a SOLD OUT sign if we are completely
sold out and trying to make a new bonnet to
takes its place,. We put TEMP OUT OF STICK
if we are trying to locate the material or
if we have material on hand and are in the
process of sewing more. We will get runs of
material that are popular and will make
bonnets out of the yardage until it's
completely sold out. When it's gone, and we
are able to track down the material again,
the TEMP OUT OF STOCK sign will come down.
If not, that bonnet photo will be replaced
with a new bonnet image. Occasionally we
make a mistake, though, and sometimes have
one left in stock. We've been surprised
(happily!) before. If in doubt, please feel
free to contact us.
How do I care for my bonnet?
These bonnets are a simple wash and wear. We
recommend a light cycle in both the washing
machine and dryer (tumble dry) and a light
iron if wanted or needed. But these bonnets
are pretty easy to care for. Many women have
bought them to wear on a hiking trail, so
we've been told, and just cram them into
their back pockets when they are not wearing
What are the little letters I see at
the bottom of the bonnet descriptions such
as NM, HL, WM, DF, JO? These are
just codes that tell us what we might still
have in stock regarding material, if we can
possibly get more and how much we might have
left. They do not in anyway denote a bonnet