Knit Bonnet Tutorial

 

For those of you who know anything about me lately, you know that I LOVE bonnets.  In fact, my husband sometimes jokes that I love going to sleep at night so that I can dream of them.  Not EXACTLY true but I am not going to lie and say that I have never dreamt about them…… because….. I HAVE.  There is a company that I adore, who makes beautiful bonnets but they are a little out of my price range. They use cotton and Liberty of London trim.  I will be making those soon as well.  :) I found another equally as sweet company who makes the same style of bonnet but with knit material and I thought it would be cute to make one that coordinated with a blanket I made.  (not matching exactly because WOAH FLOWERS)  Anyway, I LOVE how it turned out!  This is my first tutorial and so I missed taking pictures of some steps , and wont post the “pattern” I came up with and used, but will happily and for free email it to anyone who is interested!  Just leave a comment and we can work something out.  I used scrap fabrics from my blanket and turban/legging projects and an old favorite T-shirt that I am considering making something else out of because its ridiculously soft.  IMG_6674

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First you need an hour, a knit fabric for the outside of the bonnet and a knit fabric for the inside (its reversible!  Scroll to the bottom to see the other side) And a little more for the trim.  I would say 1/3 of a yard for the bonnet parts and then a 2 inch by 2′ strip for trim.  All Knit, or all cotton.


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These fabrics are from hobby lobby.  Cheap!  And OH SO SOFT.  (Did I mention 100% cotton?!  Perfect for baby!)  Be sure to wash and dry all fabrics before starting. SHRINKAGE would be so sad.

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Lay your inside and outside bonnet pieces together, pin, and cut out one of the middle bonnet pieces, and two of the profile pieces.

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So you will do that pattern on the right twice.

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You should end up with 6 pieces as shown above.  One thing I didnt do right was with my lining fabric, or the one that looks white here, I should have flipped to make sure that I had two pieces that could go face out.  In other words, one of those white profile pieces should have been flipped over to the patterned side.  I remembered with the mint but forgot with that one.  I had to go back later and cut another profile piece the other way.  Does that make sense?

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Taking the long strip, you want the tapered end to be at the nape of the neck on the profile piece, and make sure you are sewing with the right sides of the fabric together.  Pin it together, and sew.  The seam does not need to be a stretch seam, just a normal straight one works great.  Also, it will seem tricky to sew the fabrics curved like that but as long as you pin first, and sew slow, it will turn out perfect.

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The next thing you do is go to pin the other profile onto the other side of the head strip, and if you are like me, realize you can only do that with the wrong side of the fabric facing in, go cut another profile piece and proceed.  I forgot to snap pictures of sewing the other side on… but you get the idea, right?!  IMG_6659
You will then do the same thing with the other fabric, turn them rightside out and look at the great work you did!  TWO BONNETS!  Now for the trim.  
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Cut out a long strip of fabric, I did between an inch and a half and two inches, and be careful NOT TO PULL IT.  If you pull on knit, it curls, and that will make the next steps tricky.  You are going to make bias tape.  Prepare to feel fancy. Dont be lazy, doing this right will make the last step super easy and make your bonnet soo perfect.  IMG_6661

Go and get out your ironing board and fire up that iron!  Its about to get hot.  DONT PULL ON THE FABRIC.  (just wanted to throw that in there again.)  Treat it like its your brand new baby.  SOFT. Lovingly fold it in half, hot dog style.  Iron it.

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Now, carefully open it up, (DONT PULL!) and fold in the sides to the middle, like in the above picture.  You will have to work in small sections, or itll come un folded before you get that hot iron to it.  I licked my fingers and pressed on it to get it to stay long enough to get my fingers out of the way and press that section.  It will seem like its taking forever but the entire ironing process will take less than 15 minutes.  
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Finally, fold it back in half so that you cant see any edges of fabric, and press it like that.  LOOK HOW BEAUTIFUL IT IS?!?!!?!?!?!? Go show your husband who is taking a test and watch him nod in support even though hes not looking.  Accept this as okay because after all, he is taking a test.  Recognize that your bonnet is about to be done and move on with your life.  IMG_6664

First (no picture) but turn one of your bonnets right side out and put it inside the other one, so that it looks like a reversible bonnet without trim.

Cut a piece of your bias tape the length of the neckline and we are going to sew that first.  See how below.  
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Open up the bias tape and shove the edge of that fabric as deep in there as you can, and then close it, so the bonnets are like the Peanut butter (mm sarah’s brownies!) and jelly and the bias tape is like the two pieces of bread. Pin it so that it doesnt come out while sewing it.  IMG_6668

Sew it.  And I didnt do as well of a job making it straight with the neckline one as the other, so do that. Do it better than mine. 
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Take your other piece of bias and pin the center of it to the middle of the top, so that your “strings” are even at the end.  Sandwich and pin that bad boy all the way down and around to meet and go over the other bias end and hang down on each side. IMG_6667

Start sewing at the end of the bias tape “string” and continue up and over the connector, and all the way around where baby’s sweet chubby face will be, and down the string on the other side.   
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This is a strange shot because it looks like the neck part is too long but it was just puckering in weird.  YOU DID IT!! YOU MADE AN ADORABLE AND SUPER SOFT AND SWEET BONNET!!!!
Okay, maybe I did, and maybe I am the only one… but I am pretty dang proud of it!  

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This is one of the many things I have lovingly placed in my hospital bag, as if I will be doing fashion shows with her the whole time we are there.  Then again, I have never had a girl so maybe we will! IMG_6675

Did I mention its reversible!? Okay, now I need to decide what to do with that t shirt!  This bonnet only used up the two sleeves.  I could make leggings, headbands, more bonnets, a romper… hmm ideas?  Happy Friday Yall!  Im going to go focus on tracking contractions now, because I am having a lot. I have to mention that in case THIS IS THE NIGHT and THIS POST PUT ME IN LABOR.

Love, Stephie

3 comments

  1. Christine says:

    This is beautiful. Your bonnet came out SO nice and professional looking!! I just had one bonnet for my girls, they wore it on their blessing day… it was the same bonnet I wore. I can’t wait to see pictures of your little baby!!

  2. Chrissy says:

    I am SO impressed! And inspired! The beauty of making things yourself is that you have something completely unique and you can make it in whatever colors/fabrics you want, to go with anything! I’ve been itching to get to a new crafty project, and you inspired me! Also, ARE YOU IN LABOR?

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