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How To Sew A Baby Flower Bonnet

 

How to sew a baby flower bonnet tutorial

Now spring has sprung, what better way to dress for it than a baby flower bonnet hat! It's super easy to make.... The hard part is convincing the baby to wear it! I decided to use a couple of baby clothes she'd grown out of to make this a fun upcycling / refashioning project.

 

What You Will Need:

Knit fabric or an old baby vest and leggings like I used or even an old T-shirt would do.

upcycle refashion project from baby leggings and vest
vest and leggings ready to be upcycled

Thread

Fold over elastic - half - 1 metre depending on size made

Fabric stiffener or starch

How To Make It:

First you need to decide on the size of the bonnet. The bonnet pattern is essentially a rectangle folded then curving 2 corners. To measure up for it, first you need the circumference around the child's face. That's your width. Then measure from the hairline at the centre forehead to the centre of the back of the head by going up and over the top. Add a bit extra to account for the front hem. Fold it in half then curve off the back corners (on the fold line) and that's your pattern drafted for the hat.
how to make a pattern for a baby flower bonnet - fold rectangle in half and curve corners
how to make a pattern for a baby flower bonnet - fold rectangle in half and curve corners
Hem the 2 side edges then sew a basting stitch (hand sew a wide running stitch) along the back.
sew a gathering stitch along the back edge
sew a gathering stitch along the back edge
Gently pull on your basting stitch from both ends to gather it tightly together, then sew in place.
 
 
Pull gathering stitches then secure in place with more hand stitching
Pull gathering stitches then secure in place with more hand stitching

Add fold over elastic as bias binding to the front edge leaving enough at either side to tie under the chin. Sew those ends too so that it is fixed in half. You can either tuck the raw ends inside , or I just used a little fray check to stop it fraying at the ends. I find it easier to sew fold over elastic with a bias binding foot, as you can concentrate more on getting a stretch on the elastic without worrying about letting it accidentally slip out of place.  

attach fold over elastic to the front edge of the baby bonnet
attach fold over elastic to the front edge of the baby bonnet

To make your petals, keep in mind that an odd number will always look better than even. I used 7 petals for my flower bonnet. So take your width measurement and divide that by 7. Add 2 seam allowances and that's the width you need to draw your petal pattern. Cut out your petal shape 14 times.

Cut out 14 petals from refashioned leggings
Cut out 14 petals from refashioned leggings

Sew seams around the edges of all the petals leaving the base open. Sew your 2 petal pieces right sides together leaving open the base. I chain stitched mine to save time here (simply lift the needle and presser foot and slide the next piece under once you've sewn one so they form a chain of petals. That way you only need to snip the thread once in the centre of each. It'll be turned inside out so you don't need cut your thread flush to the fabric).

sew around 2 petal pieces leaving the bottom open (chain stitched)

Turn them all right side out (use a chopstick or similar to get your petal point to come out if you need to). Now turn your open edge under so the raw edges are inside and top stitch around the edges. I added a little detail to the petals too. I chain stitched these too.

top stitch around the petals and add detail with 3 stitch lines

Now is the time to add your fabric stiffener or starch to your petals. This will help them to hold their shape. Press them flat after starching.

Attach your petals to a second piece of fold over elastic by sewing it to one edge about 1/4 inch in at most. I initially planned to shape them a bit but when I started sewing it was far easier to keep them flat than try to negotiate holding a pleat still on moving elastic! The fold over elastic was a little longer than the bonnet front, as it makes it easier to attach them with a bit to spare. Just be careful not to stretch between the petals as you sew.

secure the petals on to a strip of fold over elastic
secure the petals on to a strip of fold over elastic

Now place your bonnet right side up then push the front of your petals against it. Then, using a wide zigzag stitch, sew the 2 together.

sew petals on fold over elastic to the front of the baby flower bonnet
sew petals on fold over elastic to the front of the baby flower bonnet

Lastly, pull the fold over elastic back over the right side of the bonnet and stitch it down firstly as close to the petals as you can, then stitch the free edge down to neaten it. At the 2 ends, either tuck the raw edges under or use a little fray check again. Now just pull into shape and it's finished! 

sew the back of the fold over elastic down to the baby bonnet

And here is my little cutie modelling it for me.

baby flower bonnet baby girl
finished baby flower bonnet
baby flower bonnet

What do you think? Just for dress up or an every day sun hat?! Have you made a baby hat?

We hope you enjoy our tutorials and love hearing what you think so please leave us a comment or send me an email to linda@sewingbeefabrics.co.uk

Happy Sewing!

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