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