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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 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
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.