Instructions for How to Make Baby Bonnets

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Instructions for How to Make Baby Bonnets
Baby bonnets are functional heirlooms. (passivity in white image by Jake Hellbach from

Baby bonnets are functional heirloom items. Useful for keeping the sun out of a baby's eyes, these delicate clothing items are a simple craft project suited to a beginning sewer. Use a lightweight cotton or cotton blend fabric in white or pink for a traditional summer bonnet. Use a sturdy cotton blend in bright, bold colours for a more modern twist. Make one to match a special occasion outfit, make several for everyday wear and make some for friends. It only takes a minimal amount of time and basic hand-sewing skills.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Iron
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Pins
  • Lace
  • Ribbon
  • Rosettes (optional)
  • Bows (optional)

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  1. 1

    Select a piece of fabric in the colour of your choice. Cut the fabric to a 10-inch square.

  2. 2

    Determine which side of the fabric is the "right" side and which is the "wrong" side. The right side is the side that will be visible on the finished project and has any patterns.

  3. 3

    Fold the fabric in half with the right side facing you. Press the fold into the fabric by ironing it. The fold forms the top edge of the bonnet.

  4. 4

    Select one side of the folded fabric square to be the back of the bonnet. Use a needle and thread to stitch the open sides, using a long running stitch. Do not stitch the edges together.

  5. 5

    Pull the thread snugly, gathering the edge of the material. It should gather into a ruched semicircle. Stitch the edges of the semicircle together to form a gathered circle.

  6. 6

    Fold the front edge of the bonnet under by approximately 1 inch. Use a few small hand stitches to tack the fold in place.

  7. 7

    Pin a strip of lace over the folded front edge of the bonnet. Sew the lace in place using a running stitch.

  8. 8

    Cut two pieces of ribbon approximately 5 inches long. Pin one piece of ribbon to the bottom of each side of the bonnet front. Sew the ribbons in place.

  9. 9

    Sew a ribbon rosette or bow over the spot where the ribbons are attached to hide the point of attachment.

Tips and warnings

  • Use small, sturdy stitches to avoid the chance of small fingers snagging the stitching and getting caught. Attach all elements and embellishments securely to avoid choking hazards.

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