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Pioneer Patterns: 21 Sewing Patterns Inspired by Laura Ingalls

Journey back to the 1800s with these vintage sewing patterns inspired by Little House!

By: Ashley Jones, Editor, AllFreeSewing.com
Pioneer Patterns

If there's one thing we love at AllFreeSewing, it's any kind of vintage sewing pattern, from bohemian and disco patterns of the 1970s to delicate and rich fabrics and patterns from the Victorian era. Nothing embodies all things vintage more than those classic homespun country patterns inspired by America's Western expansion in the mid-1800s.

This time period brings to mind gorgeous handmade quilts, sprigged muslins and cotton fabrics, and sunbonnets. Simple and classic, pioneer clothing and home decor was made to survive life on the trail and lacked much of the glamour found in high society. Inspired by famous pioneer girl Laura Ingalls, AllFreeSewing is bringing you our best pioneer sewing patterns that are perfect for sewing enthusiasts and history buffs alike!

From DIY home decor perfect for decking out your Conestoga wagon, to vintage quilt patterns to keep you warm on the trail, we've compiled our favorite sewing patterns inspired by all things Little House. This list of 1800s-inspired sewing projects includes historical sewing patterns to embrace your inner Ingalls and charming DIY projects to decorate your dream log cabin. If you've always wanted to travel back to simpler times, grab a needle and thread and find your favorite project in this list of vintage sewing patterns.

Pioneer Approved Patterns

Laura Ingalls Free Apron Pattern

From historical patterns perfect for embracing your inner Ingalls to modern clothing with a prairie twist, these free sewing patterns and tutorials are great for fans of all things 1800s. This collection of pioneer style is designed for both men and women, and it even includes functional garments like the Laura Ingalls Free Apron Pattern (shown). We guarantee even Nellie Oleson would be jealous of these sewing patterns!

  • Pioneer Shirt

    Everyone can recognize the loose white shirt of pioneer men's fashion, and now you can make one yourself using shirts you already have in the house! With gathered sleeves and handsome buttons, you can add a vintage look to your man's shirt with ease.

  • Pioneer Free Apron Pattern

    When you're sweeping out the house or cooking up a stew for the family to enjoy, you'll want to protect your Great Plains best! This floor-length Pioneer Free Apron Pattern will keep you clean even when you're working hard on the prairie.

  • Super Speedy Suspenders

    When you're working hard at the homestead, the last thing you want is your trousers falling down! These stylish and functional Super Speedy Suspenders take 10 minutes to sew and will keep your pants in place all day long.

  • Sew Retro Lace Shirt

    With a delicate lace collar and romantic cut, this Retro Lace Shirt pattern will show you how to transform any white button-up into a piece your man will wear whenever he rides into town!

  • Petticoat Sewing Pattern

    A classic element of 1800s fashion is the volume of skirts. With several layers of gathered fabric strips, this easy-to-sew petticoat will add a modest flounce to any prairie style!

  • Charm Pack Patchwork Skirt

    Economical, long, and modestly neutral, this Charm Pack Patchwork Skirt is just what any girl needs while helping Mom around the cabin.

Log Cabin DIY Home Decor

Contemporary Quilted Table Runner

If you've always dreamed of living in a rustic log cabin, then you'll love these DIY home decor patterns and projects! From kitchen sewing projects like potholders to firewood carriers, we've got you and your home on the prairie completely covered. Even table decor, like the Contemporary Quilted Table Runner (shown), will make sure that your homegrown dinner spread looks delectable to the whole family.

  • Vintage Gun Sleeve

    When you have to hunt to feed your family, you better be equipped for the task! This personalized rifle sleeve will keep your firearms close to your side no matter how far out on the prairie you roam.

  • Guest Towel with Crochet Trim

    If you ever have guests over to your cabin, you want to impress them with your handsewn best! This Guest Towel with Crochet Trim has just enough flair to give your modest home a refined touch.

  • Reversible Breakfast Tablecloth

    Not everything in your prairie-style home has to be neutral! Add a pop of color to your kitchen decor with this classic Reversible Breakfast Tablecloth, and every meal your family eats will look extra scrumptious.

  • Colorful Quilted DIY Pillow

    Out in the country, you might not have access to large swaths of fabric. Be as economical as possible by making use of fabric scraps with this 100-square Colorful Quilted DIY Pillow!

  • Grandma's Favorite DIY Sachets

    Simply with a colorful trimmed edge, Grandma's Favorite DIY Sachets will keep your home smelling natural and fresh, and perhaps repel moths, too!

  • Cad-a-Log Firewood Carrier

    Made from faux leather, this rustic Cad-a-Log Firewood Carrier will have your hearth stocked all winter long. Your cabin will be both toasty and decorative after following this sleek tutorial.

Prairie Quilt Patterns

Irish Chain Quilting Design

A staple of life on the prairie was classic and colorful homemade quilts, perfect for keeping warm during long winters across the Great Plains. Whether they're classic-yet-colorful, like the Irish Chain Quilting Design (shown), or economically made out of fabric scraps, these free quilt patterns will cozy up your homestead all year long. Find your new favorite quilt in this list of easy quilt patterns that are pioneer-approved!

  • Easy Peasy Fat Quarter Quilt

    Make a quilt that can keep the whole family warm in the winter with a patchwork design made of fat quarters of fabric! This Easy Peasy Fat Quarter Quilt will keep you busy on lazy prairie days.

  • Nine Inch Economy Block Tutorial

    With a simple geometric design that uses up all of your fabric scraps, this Nine Inch Economy Block Tutorial will clean out your fabric stores and brighten up your homestead.

  • Granny Square Mini Quilt Sewing Pattern

    Give your home a classic country feel with this antique-looking Granny Square Mini Quilt Sewing Pattern. This simple tutorial will show you how to add rustic charm to any room in the house.

  • Serene Log Cabin Baby Blanket

    You have a hand-carved crib, so now it's time to make it cozy with a touch of handmade care! This Serene Log Cabin Baby Blanket will keep your bundle of joy toasty all night long.

  • Layer Cake Disappearing 9 Patch

    This queen-sized patchwork quilt is just the thing to snuggle into on chilly prairie nights. With neutral colors and a basic geometric design, your homestead will have an 1800s look in no time.

  • Magic Carpet Quilt

    Earthy prints and bold geometric blocks will bring the look of the Great Plains into your living room. Even Laura Ingalls would decorate her home with this snuggleable masterpiece.

What do you love about these sewing patterns? Let us know below in the comments!

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