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The Plains Warbonnet: Its Story and Construction - by Barry Hardin, Published by Crazy Crow Trading Post
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Native American Moccasin Patterns

Moccasin & High Top Patterns for Adults & Children

Several fine craftworkers have helped us develop the most authentic and comprehensive Frontier and Indian clothing patterns available. Extensive information includes material requirements, layout, garment making tips, details on tribal styles, variations and decoration. Our easy-to-follow instructions are complete with detailed illustrations and photos for expert and novice alike.

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Plains Style Moccasin Pattern
Code: 4799-500-010
Note Sale Pricing
ON SALE THRU 8/31/2014
Regular Price: $ 8.95
SALE Price: $8.05
Plains Style Moccasin Pattern from Crazy Crow Trading Post

This was standard wear for Eastern woodsmen from the French & Indian War until well after the Revolution. Includes several options for cuffs, cape and fringe treatment. Sizes M, L, XL and XXL.

About Your Plains Style Moccasin Pattern

The Indians of the Plains and Plateau areas wore this very basic, hardsole type moccasin, which developed out of necessity as protection from the hard, and sometimes, rocky ground of the prairie that was their home. Normally constructed with soft tanned elk or buckskin uppers and supple, but tough, rawhide soles, they represent the most highly refined form of Native American footwear. Today, they remain a popular style of moccasin and are both comfortable and durable for dancing, camping or everyday wear.

Since the Cheyenne moccasin makers have been the acknowledged masters of the art for years, we have chosen to present the typical Cheyenne style of cut and construction in this pattern. Other tribal variations are easily adapted using this basic hardsole moccasin design.

The two most challenging aspects of moccasin making are achieving a proper fit and an authentic style. The highly detailed instructions, illustrations and other information contained in this pattern represent many years of research and "hands-on" learning of how to make moccasins the Indian way. We would like to extend our deepest appreciation to Nellie Stevens, Barry Hardin and Carl Jennings for their generous assistance in the development of this pattern.

Notions & Tools

Scissors, wax and simulated or genuine sinew, and beads or porcupine quills, if desired for decoration. A sharp awl is also necessary for moccasin making, along with a glovers needle for easy stitching through leather.

Suggested Materials

Ideally, Indian-tanned buckskin or elk is used for the uppers, welt (a narrow lace that is sewn between the upper & sole), and laces, but any soft, commercially tanned leather (including elk, buckskin, split cowhide, etc. in a 4-5oz. weight is very good). Soles can be made of hand-prepared rawhide (especially for moccasin soles), or 8-10 oz. white latigo or strap leather. Genuine sinew (a thread-like muscle from the leg or back of an animal) is best for sewing on the soles, but simulated sinew is an excellent substitute and is somewhat easier to work with.

Material Requirements

Material Requirements: Plains Style Moccasin Pattern from Crazy Crow Trading Post

Plains Hi-Top Moccasin Pattern
Code: 4799-500-011
Note Sale Pricing
ON SALE THRU 8/31/2014
Regular Price: $ 8.95
SALE Price: $8.05

This was standard wear for Eastern woodsmen from the French & Indian War until well after the Revolution. Includes several options for cuffs, cape and fringe treatment. Sizes M, L, XL and XXL.

Plains Hi-Top Moccasin Pattern from Crazy Crow Trading Post

About Your Plains Hi-Top Moccasin Pattern

Often referred to as boots by non-Indians, these high topped moccasins were being worn by Plains and Plateau Indian women by the early 1800s. They were particularly popular on the Southern Plains where, during the mid-1800s, the style was refined to perfection by the Comanche, Kiowa, Southern Cheyenne and Arapaho, and Apache. A Southern Arapaho woman’s example from the late reservation period is on our cover. Apache men also wore a variation of this knee-high style.

By the 1850s, and perhaps earlier, sole material for these high-topped moccasins had mostly evolved from soft leather to Indian-prepared rawhide, although even today some tribes still use the soft sole. The rawhide, however, made moccasins more comfortable and durable, being better adapted to the rocky and cactus-strewn ground of the Plains. Smoked, brain-tanned buckskin was the most common material for the vamp and upper parts of the moccasin. In the “buffalo days”, the high tops of some tribes actually extended well above the knee, secured by a garter. This allowed more complete protection for the woman’s lower leg while on horseback.

Today, high tops are still a popular style of moccasin for many Plains and Plateau tribes. Comanche and Kiowa women refer to these moccasins as “leggings”. Since Cheyenne moccasin makers are acknowledged masters of the moccasin making art, we have chosen to present techniques of construction that are typically Southern Cheyenne, while also including mention of style differences worn by the Kiowa, Comanche, and Southern Arapaho. An elaborately beaded Cheyenne example is shown in the left photo below. Crow, Assiniboine, and other Northern women have a similar style, but it is not covered in these instructions.

You should note that variations in construction and decoration exist from tribe to tribe, and you are encouraged to research these tribal distinctions. Today, there is a wealth of available material with photo examples. Some recommended books in print are Beadwork Techniques of the Native Americans by Scott Sutton; Mythos Wild West: The Brundle Collection; and Whispering Winds Crafts Annual #6. Your local library may have out-of-print books that will prove helpful. However, most books have limited examples, so, if possible, visit the many on-line museum sites that have numerous excellent photos. A good place to start is the American Museum of Natural History.

We would like to extend special thanks to Carl Jennings, Barry Hardin, and the late Nellie Stevens for their help in developing this pattern.

Notions & Tools

Simulated sinew or genuine sinew & beads or porcupine quills if desired for decoration. A sharp awl is also necessary for moccasin making , along with a glovers needle for easy stitching through leather.

Material Requirements

Note: *As buckskin is a natural material, hides are usually shaped somewhat irregularly. The chart above shows two options for selecting your buckskin. The first is based on using one large hide for uppers, leggings, etc. and the second is based on using two smaller hides. The sizes are approximate and may vary according to the actual shape of your hide.

Material Requirements: Plains Hi-Top Moccasin Pattern from Crazy Crow Trading Post

Ideally, Indian-tanned buckskin is used for the uppers, welts (a narrow soft strap sewn between the upper and sole), and laces. However, any soft commercially tanned leather (including elk, buckskin, and split cowhide) in a 4-5 oz. weight is very good.

Soles can be made of rawhide that is hand-prepared especially for moccasin soles or 8-10 oz. latigo or strap leather. Genuine sinew (a thread-like material prepared from long tendons) is best for sewing on the soles, but simulated sinew is an excellent substitute, being easier to use.


Cherokee/Southeastern Moccasins Pattern
Code: 4799-500-021
Note Sale Pricing
ON SALE THRU 8/31/2014
Regular Price: $ 8.95
SALE Price: $8.05

About Your Cherokee / Southeastern Moccasin Pattern

The soft sole, one-piece center-seam moccasin was the most common type of the Southeastern tribes, predominantly the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Seminole, and Creek. Their footwear is all remarkably similar, with only small variations in construction details, and it appears that their moccasins were virtually unchanged from the 1700s through the 1800s. This Missouri River product provides patterns and information so you may make everyday and dress moccasins suitable for any of these tribes during this period.

Cherokee / Southeastern Moccasin Pattern from Crazy Crow Trading Post

Notions & Tools

You will need the following: Simulated (or genuine) sinew or strong linen cord for sewing. Optional decorations: ribbon, beads, or pucupine quills for decoration. Ribbon: Moccasins reserved for dress occasions often were decorated with ribbon binding in addition to quill or beadwork. We recommend a minimum of 4 yards of 1" ribbons for this option. Tools: Sharp scissors or knife, awl, & Glover's needles.

Material Requirements

Buckskin: There are 6 different cuff options for your moccasins, and the cuffs and body of the shoe are all one piece. Since the cuff sizes vary in addition to the range of shoe sizes, it is difficult to recommend just how much buckskin you will need until the cuffs are chosen. However, a 6-8 square foot buckskin is sufficient for men's sizes 4 through 12 and women's 5 through 10.

Suggested Materials

During the 1700s-1800s, Indian moccasins of this type were made primarily from brain-tanned deer hides. Even today, brain-tanned buckskin is the preferred choice, followed by German-tanned commercial buckskin. The hides should be of medium weight, as thick hides do not lend themselves to the gathered center seam technique.


Child’s Moccasins Pattern
Code: 4799-500-206
Note Sale Pricing
ON SALE THRU 8/31/2014
Regular Price: $ 8.95
SALE Price: $8.05

This was standard wear for Eastern woodsmen from the French & Indian War until well after the Revolution. Includes several options for cuffs, cape and fringe treatment. Sizes M, L, XL and XXL.

Child’s Moccasins Pattern from Crazy Crow Trading Post

About Your Child’s Moccasins Pattern

The Indians of the Plains and Plateau areas, men women and children alike, wore this very basic, hardsole type moccasin which was developed out of necessity as protection from the hard, and sometimes rocky ground of the prairie that was their home. Normally constructed with soft tanned elk or buckskin uppers and supple, but tough rawhide soles, they represent the most highly refined form of Native American footwear. Today they remain a popular style of moccasin and are both comfortable and durable for dancing, camping or everyday wear.

Since the Cheyenne moccasin makers have been the acknowledged masters of the art for years, we have shosen to present the typical Cheyenne style of cut and construction in this pattern. Other tribal variations are shown in examples on this cover sheet as well as the instruction themselves and are easily adapted using this basic hardsole moccasin design.

The two most challenging aspects of moccasin making are achieving a proper fit and an authentic style. The highly detailed instruction, illustrations and other information contained in this pattern represent many years of research and “hands-on” learning of how to make moccasins the Indian way. We would like to extend our deepest appreaciation to Nellie Stevens, Barry Hardin and Carl Jennings for their generous assistance in the development of this pattern.

Notions & Tools

Simulated or genuine sinew, beads or porcupine quills, if desired for decoration. A sharp awl is also necessary for moccasin making, along with a glovers needle for easy stitiching through leather.

Suggested Materials

Ideally, Indian-tanned buckskin or elk is used for the uppers, welt (a narrow lace that is sewn between the upper and sole), and laces, but any soft, commercially tanned leather (including elk, buckskin, split cowhide, etc. in a 4-5 oz.. weight) is very good.

Soles can be made of hand-prepared rawhide (especially for moccasin soles) or 8-10 oz. white latigo or strap leather. Genuine sinew (a thread-like muscle from the leg or back of an animal) is best for sewing on the soles, but simulated sinew is an excellent substitute and is somewhat easier to work with.

Material Requirements

Material Requirements: Tradecloth Dress Pattern from Crazy Crow Trading Post


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