Monday, June 20, 2011

This Just In: Bonnets are BACK!

Move over beanies and bucket hats. It's all about the bonnet now.

What a charming way to protect a precious little head from the elements.

Until last week I was slapping hand-me-down beanies on Susannah when we went outdoors. Then Christy of little betty asked me to try out her sweet, reversible little bonnet pattern.

What, get to try a new pattern?
Complete a sewing project?
Make something pretty and functional?
Take gratuitous shots of my daughter?

I was so happy to oblige.

Susuannah herself was slightly less obliging in the modelling department...

Amore enthusiastic model was found in my friend's delightful girl, Baby V, who wears the little bonnet for you in both its forms below:

I think Christy's PDF pattern for her little betty little bonnet is first class. It comes with three pattern sizes (0-6 months, 6-12 months and 1-2 years), each of which can be made from two fat quarters of fabric. As you can see, the 0-6 month size I made fits newborn Susannah (loosely) and also 9-month-old Baby V. It looks adorable on both, if I do say so myself!

Christy's step-by-step instructions are clear, concise and easy to follow. I find sewing small, curved things a bit tricky but Christy included helpful photos, tips and explanations which guided me through the finer points to produce a well-structured, well-finished little bonnet.

I'd like to add that I think the pattern is quite a bargain at $6 USD from Christy's little betty etsy store

Of course you could just cut out the work and buy one of her gorgeous bonnets already made up - but then you'd miss out on the fun of choosing the fabrics out.

Speaking of which, I'm off to look through my stash to find fabrics to make another bonnet for a 1-year-old, and perhaps another one for Susannah lined with flannel, and maybe a softer one using some reclaimed embroidery... yes, bonnet-mania has struck!


  1. Very, very cute - the bonnet and the babies! Glad to see you have your sew-jo back!

  2. Aww Susannah! I love her non-modelling poses!

  3. Yay! Little girl sewing. That bonnet is absolutely gorgeous. And Susannah is looking so sweet :-)

  4. ADORABLE! (Babies and bonnets alike)

  5. Loving the bonnets... perhaps you need to take the photo with your boob hanging out as a bribe???

  6. Oh sooo sweet, and look at your little girl!
    (I'm up at 4am with hip pain so those photos are just reminding me that there will be a nice ending to hip pain in about 12 weeks)

  7. LOVE it! Great work and great fabric choice. Thanks again for taking the time to sew my pattern. I'm so glad I've helped you get your sew-jo back!

  8. So sweet! Bonnets are so very back. How could they not be when she looks so sweet wearing one.
    ...hey I thought of you when I saw this today
    oh me oh my!

  9. After reading the Little House on the Praire series again recently, my daughter and I would love to wear 'bonnets' and on a school excursion the other day she got to... and looked so cute!

  10. Bonnets are definitely back after seeing that one!

  11. Oh, snap!

  12. I have the bonnet bug too. Your bonnet and baby are very sweet. My little girl was given a bonnet from Christy when she was a newborn and she wore it everywhere. She just loves all her bonnets.


  13. HOW DID I MISS THIS? I could have been height-of-fashion, bonneting about, all this time...

  14. Super Duper Cute!
    Guttered no more cute baby girls for me, or she would have one made by me in every colour!

  15. Oh, now this is just too cah-ute!

    I'm so glad to hear you say bonnets are back in... I sent my daughter off to school this week with a bonnet for dress up day, although I fear being 11, she was slightly passed the bonnet stage...still, it was good to indulge, if only for a little while. :)

  16. LOVE IT! Got to get onto this pattern asap before the Aussie summer hits. Thanks Gina! PS. Have been meaning to tell you that the little ball you made for Indi is now in full effect. She adores it... when her brother lets her play with it! xo m.

  17. It's gorgeous - and practical - what's not to love?!


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