The only authentic moccasin pattern on the market.
Illustrated instructions include helpful hints on assembly and show correct decoration for several tribal styles. Sizes: Men’s 7-12 and Women’s 5-10.
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.
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.