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  • K Seeburger

    Baby bonnets from embroidered pillowcases

  • Marcee Charlshe

    Sewing tutorial: Repurpose vintage linens as bonnets (project is for baby bonnet, but could be adapted to adult sunbonnet), by Sydney Francis on blog.makezine.com (24 Aug. 2011)

  • Teri Flint

    How-To: Bonnet from Vintage Linens: For both bonnets: Step 1: Download the bonnet pattern, print it, and cut out the separate pieces. Tape together the two crown pieces labeled "Pattern Piece 2" where indicated.Step 2: Select a vintage linen with embroidery embellishments and iron it flat using the appropriate heat setting. Step 3: Play with the pattern pieces to determine how to best use the existing embroidery. Once you have settled on a design, pin the pattern pieces down and carefully cut them out. Step 4: Pin and cut out your pattern pieces for the lining from a contrasting fabric. Step 5: Using a pencil, mark the dots indicated on the pattern pieces onto both the lining and vintage fabrics. Step 6: Using the machine, baste stitch between the dots marked on the lining and fabric for Pattern Piece 2 (if making the bonnet with the flat bill, do this with Pattern Piece 4 as well). Pull the thread to slightly gather the basted stitches. Step 7: Pin together the right sides of Pattern Pieces 1 and 2, using the gathered fabric of 2 to ease around the curved edge of 1. Step 8: Using the sewing machine, stitch pieces 1 and 2 together. Repeat this using the lining fabric. For a bonnet with a flat bill: Stitch rickrack or lace along the curved edge of Pattern Piece 3. Because the fabric I was using frays easily, I also zig-zag stitched along the edge. Step 10: Cut a 40" piece of 1/4" bias tape. Top stitch the open edge of the tape closed. Step 11: Pin the bias tape 1/4" in from the straight edge of Pattern Piece 3, distributing the extra length evenly on either side (these will be the ties for the bonnet). Step 12: Stitch the bias tape in place leaving 1/2" unsecured on each end (this will allow for a finishing seam). Step 13: Pin the right side of the bill (Pattern Piece 3) to the right side of the crown (Pattern Piece 2). Stitch in place. Unfold and iron flat. Step 14: Pin the right side of the bonnet to the lining, being careful to tuck the bias tape ties inside. Leave the back of the bonnet unpinned (this will be the opening for turning the hat right-side-out). Sew in place using a 1/4" seam allowance. Step 15: Turn the bonnet right-side-out by pulling the fabric through the opening left in the back of the bonnet. Iron seams flat. For a bonnet with a ruffled bill: Step 9: Cut a 40" piece of 1/4" bias tape. Top stitch the open edge of the tape closed. Step 10: Pin the bias tape 1/4" in from the straight edge of Pattern Piece 2, distributing the extra length evenly on either side (these will be the ties for the bonnet). Step 11: Stitch the bias tape in place leaving 1/2" unsecured on each end (this will allow for a finishing seam). Step 12: Cut a strip of fabric for the ruffled bill that is 5" x 40" (I used my lining fabric for this, but fabric the same color as the cap of the bonnet looks great as well). Step 13: Fold together the right sides of the ruffle and stitch the short ends closed (you will now have a strip that is 2 1/2" x 40"). Step 14: Turn the ruffle strip right-side-out and iron the folded edge in place. Baste stitch along the open edge. Step 15: Pull on the threads of the baste stitching to gather the ruffle. Step 16: Pin the gathered edge of the ruffle to the right side of the crown (Pattern Piece 2), evenly distributing the gathers. Stitch in place. Step 17: Pin the right side of the bonnet to the lining, being careful to tuck the bias tape ties inside. Leave the back of the bonnet unpinned (this will be the opening for turning the hat right-side-out). Sew in place using a 1/4" seam allowance. Step 18: Turn the bonnet right-side-out by pulling the fabric through the opening left in the back of the bonnet. Iron seams flat. To finish both bonnets: Use a needle and thread to blind stitch the open back of the bonnet closed.

  • Bev Hiler

    DIY tutorial and pattern for these adorable vintage baby bonnets.

  • Karen Gruver

    bonnets made from antique linens

  • Amanda Hoffman

    Bonnet from vintage linens - baby gift idea.

  • Amy Camano

    These are so sweet - baby bonnets from vintage linens with hand embroidery. Tutorial on how to make them - looks like a simple sewing project for a beginner.

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