Old Fashioned Baby Bonnet Sewing Tutorial

Old Fashioned Baby Bonnet Sewing Tutorial


Hey everyone, welcome to my tutorial on the
old fashioned baby bonnet pattern. I’ve made this pattern several times before, including
in a cherry print to match the frannie baby outfit, but I haven’t had the time to film
it yet. So here we go… You’ll cut out two of the A pattern piece
on the fold – this is the main part of the bonnet. You’ll also cut out two of the B
pattern piece – this is the back of the bonnet. Finally, you’ll cut out two of the
bonnet brim, at least for the bonnet that I’m making, which is view 2. Pretty simple,
right? So view 2 comes with an embroidery design
on the pattern pieces, and if you wanted to do the embroidery work, now would be the time
to trace the pattern with a water-soluble marker and get to stitching. I was making
this bonnet last-minute for the local Easter hat parade here in Dillsboro, North Carolina,
so I skipped that. It is highly likely that you will want to
interface your fabric. I’m sitting here trying to think of a fabric type that won’t
require interfacing for a bonnet, and I can’t think of any.. so yes, don’t be lazy, get
to interfacing. It makes a huge difference, as I’ll show later in the video. So I’m kinda a lazy-interfacer. I kinda
touch the tip of my iron to the interfacing so it sticks to my fabric a bit without touching
my iron. If you touch your iron with the interfacing, it’ll leave you with a hot mess on your
iron. Pun intended lol. Sewing jokes. Anywho, this allows me to skip using pins. And then
I can cut around my fabric to get the shape. Then I iron like normal to attach the whole
piece of interfacing. You’ll want to do this with all three pieces
of your good fabric. I am self-lining, but if you weren’t lining with the same fabric,
then you’ll want to interface your good fabric, not your lining fabric. From there, take one of the pattern pieces
A and sew along that back little edge. This edge will go down the back of the child’s
head. I used 3/8” seams… the extra 1/8” is not that big of a difference from the suggested
¼” seams, but it provides a bit more security in my mind. After pressing that seam open, then I ran
two rows of gather stitches from one side of that little back seam to the other side
of that little back seam. The idea is that the permenate stitches will go in between
the two rows of gather stitches and having two rows helps greatly when attaching this
bonnet section to the back area. So you’ll pull the gathers up, and then
I started matching the bonnet back by putting it on the little back seam and pinning. Then
I went straight across the circle (so kinda like 180 degrees) and pinned that to the top
of the bonnet. Then I went to the 90 degree and 270 degree marks (so splitting the difference
between the top of the bonnet and that bottom seam) and attach a pin. Of course, none of
this pinning needs to be super duper precise, but this method helps me distribute the fabric
somewhat evenly, which makes the gathers look better. Once I get the back of the bonnet pinned to
the main section, then I take that to my machine so I can sew around that circle. If your machine
has an option of leaving the needle in the down position, you may find that helpful to
turn on as you stitch around the circle. I’ll sorta stitch a section, turn my work, and
continue stitching. Then I iron around the circle and pull out
the gather thread that is showing. I guess you could pull out the other thread, but no
one is going to know it’s there… except anyone watching this video. #youtubesewingsecrets Finally, I trimmed up that seam before repeating
the same process to the lining pieces. And take a look at the bonnet in my right hand
compared to my left – the one in the right hand has interfacing and the one in the left
hand doesn’t. See how much nicer the one with interfacing lays? You really can’t
skip this step when making a bonnet. Okay, off my high horse, and moving onto this
little brim area. I decided to put some lace on it, but that’s completely optional. I
just put a straight bit of lace onto the edge of the brim, but in all honesty, I should
have gathered this lace. To gather lace, just pull the little thread in the lace header.
I guess my brain was a little scattered with our recent move… I dunno. But anywho… You could also put some piping instead or
some pretty ribbon. Again, all of these options are optional. Then I put the lining right sides together
with the brim piece and sew with the previous stitches from the lace facing up so I could
sew just inside those stitches. Then I trimmed up that seam, flipped the brim
right sides out, and gave that a good pressing. Then I grabbed the bonnet body with the interfacing
– so this my good bonnet body (not my lining one). I laid the brim on top of the bonnet
body with all the right sides facing up. In other words, the bonnet brim’s wrong side
will be touching the right side of the bonnet body. I hope that makes sense. You’ll want to leave a little gap on each
end – this will be for the seam allowance in the next step. Go ahead and stitch all
the way around the brim area. Finally, put the good bonnet right sides together
with the lining bonnet. You’ll stitch all the way around the bonnet, except for a small
gap, and I started this seam at the bottom of the bonnet so my gap would be down there. So you’ll see, I start at the bottom, stitch
across, turn the corner, stitch around the brim area, turn the other corner and stitch
over but stop to leave a gap – something like 2 to 3 inches wide or so. After trimming up the corners and seam allowance,
then reach into that gap and turn the bonnet right sides out. At this point, your bonnet will look like
a hot mess until you push those corners out and give everything a really good ironing.
Everything needs a lick from the iron here. Especially my bonnet since I’m using linen,
but how lovely is linen, even if it is a little high maintenance. So lastly, I understitch the brim to help
it lay flat. These stitches won’t be shown since the brim will lay over them. Okay, so if your baby likes to wear hats and
bonnet, just go ahead and finish the traditional way with a ribbon tie closure. However, Audrey does not like to wear hats
and bonnets. We’re still working out the details on this one. So instead of the ribbon, I took a piece of
elastic and then a scrap piece of fabric that was longer than the elastic by a few inches.
I folded the piece of fabric in half, stitched along, trimmed up the seam allowance, and
turned that right sides out using the threads from the seam.. so I just didn’t trim the
threads, that way I could use them to thread a needle and turn the piece right sides out. Then I used a safety pin to thread the elastic
through this little piece of fabric. When the elastic got to the end at the first side,
I took it to my machine and did a zigzag to enclose the raw edges and attach it to the
bonnet. The zigzag will be hidden by a button later on. So I continued to push the elastic through
until it got to the other side. I used some tweezers to fold the raw edges of the fabric
down and then took that to my machine and did a handful of small stitches to secure
the elastic in place. From there I began my hand work. First I straighted
out this lace issue. I took some lightweight thread and went through the lining once, came
back to create a loop, and then wrapped my needle around the loop twice so when I pulled
tight, these loops sinched down to create a knot. Now that I was tied on, I went up
to the right side of the bonnet, towards the outside of the lace. I just followed the outside
area of the lace, making tiny stitches all the way around to secure it to the bonnet.
This leaves the lace laying flat and looking lovely again. Now that that crisis was over, I attached
one mother of pearl button to each side of the bonnet. Again, I tied on with that loop
method… going through the lining once, coming back to create a loop, going through the loop
twice and pulling tight to tie on. Then I attached the button so it would cover up the
zigzag area. When I was done stitching the button on, then I tied off with the same loop
method and sent my needle through between the lining and bonnet for an inch or so…
this way my tail will be hidden. Then I snipped my thread. To close the back gap area, I double threaded
a needle… so you’ll see here, both ends of the thread are going into the needle’s
eye. That allows me to tie on with using a loop as you’re seeing here. I’ve become
to really despise those little tails over the years, so I really like this method. Then,
I go from one side, over to the next side, up inside the fabric, out so I can go over
to the next side, up inside the fabric, out again so I can go over to the other side of
fabric, and I just repeat this pattern to close the gap. I prefer stitching like this
as opposed to a whip stitch or something since the stitches are hidden. Then I tie off in
the same manner. And again, send my needle between my lining and bonnet fabric so I can
hide the tails. Finally, I attached a snap to close the bonnet
with, but that was a joke. Audrey quickly got the bonnet off. Then I thought… how
about a hook and eye? That worked perfectly. She tugged on the bonnet a few times, and
then lost interest. I wish I had filmed it, but it really was that simple. There was no
fussing or anything. So here is Audrey enjoying the Easter hat
parade in Dillsboro, NC. She wore that bonnet all day without any issues, including lunch,
so in total that was around three hours. I hope this video was helpful. If you have
any questions, please leave them in the comments below and I’ll do my best to answer them.
As always, I appreciate y’all for watching and I hope to catch ya next time.

29 thoughts on “Old Fashioned Baby Bonnet Sewing Tutorial

  1. Oh Audrey looks so cute just love that style of clothing it's so pretty and is not appreciated enough these days nothing is better than a handmade outfit

  2. Oh Audrey she is a sweetie pie looking so beautiful when she is wearing what you sew keep it up and thanks for sharing

  3. Great tutorial as always…keep 'em coming! You looked beautiful, and Audrey looked precious in her linen bonnet. I've never heard of Dillsboro, but a town with an Easter bonnet parade gets two thumbs up from me. What a nice family memory.

  4. You are a wonderful gift Sarah, thank you so much for your video's. My daughter is 4 weeks away from her first little girl so i will follow you making precious Audrey's bonnet x

  5. Absolutely adorable! You are so smart!

    Ive been meaning to ask…i recall you saying that you discovered the innards of your sewing machine were broken. Did you ever find out why they were broken? Was it fixable?

  6. Hi Sarah sorry to be a paint always commenting but I have come across this new style of clothing which I thought May give u inspiration in style for some future outfits type in Spanish baby clothing on google they are old fashioned but oh so pretty with many unique details I thought u may like for inspiration if u ever need it hehe ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Absolutely love this! I'm making a smocked bonnet for Carson now! And this is next on my list for him! Love that this could go both girl and boy ways! Enjoy seeing your sweet girl in videos! She's beautiful, Sarah! ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿค—

  8. Did you interface the body piece that is gathered at the back? Does interfacing this piece make it hard to make the gathers?

  9. Loved ur video..n i wanted to make the bonnet for my baby girl..but how to take measurment for ur pattern..u just cutted the pattern but not showed the exact measurement..plz tell.me

  10. Thank you so very much for showing bonnets! I love them but have been afraid of making a mess. You make it look so much easier than I thought. Love all your earlier tutorials–I need to hone my skills. Thanks.

  11. I'd really like to make one of these but cant find a toddler size anywhere. I've looked everywhere. Do you have any reccomendations on where to find a bigger size of this pattern to buy. If you still make them for your daughter were you able to modify the pattern to her size now?

  12. I love how you have engraved your scissors! Can't see the all the words but "The Favorite" stands out.

  13. Your instructions were short, clear and to the point. The instructions on this pattern are so confusing and seem impossible. I looked at your video and less than 10 minuets I understood fully. Thank you!

  14. Love the sweet little bonnet. Thanks for the great tip of using tweezers to poke the fray ends of the fabric in to hide them. Also the idea of ending the hand stitching by securing and bringing the thread tail farther away from where the stitching ended for a nice, clean look. Genius!! ๐Ÿ˜Š Audrey's entire ensemble so precious and professionally done! Beautiful family at the Easter parade couldn't be more endearing.๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝโœ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผโค๏ธ

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