Fortunately I had a little plan in place for something other than an ordinary hat. Something that Violet had worn herself as a tiny little baby here (where did that tiny baby go *sigh*). Something that would stay on her head!
Yes, we are talking baby bonnets here. Last Summer I purchased a Little Betty bonnet and I think it was one of Voiolet's most used items. When Christy made available a PDF pattern to make your own, I knew that this was an affordable way to have a little wardrobe of sweet bonnets. Being fully reversible, you get two bonnets in one.
The pattern was simple to cut out and everything was explained step by step. I've never put a hat together before, so had no idea how all the pieces would come together. But there proved to be nothing to worry about as it came together quite easily. First time iron on interfacing user (and it was so easy!).
I chose two pieces of scrap fabrics from my stash. The green is a Japanese print, and I can't remember the range of the navy fabric. I chose the reverse prints from the vintage sheet pile. Realising that I had no ribbon on hand, I followed the tie instructions for making bias ties (from a little more vintage sheeting).
I made the bonnets in the largest size (12 - 24 months) and there is some room to grow into.
I am imagining little wool and flannel versions for Winter.
And the most important thing? So far they are pull-off proof. Just the thing for protecting little baby complexions.
(Sometimes the star of the photo is not revealed until after you download your photos. Sootie, I had no idea you were so photogenic...)
They are ALL so photographic! Happy New YearReplyDelete
Beautiful bonnets! We have a great collection for piper, both summer and winter (with fleece) only this mama didn't get crafty for them. Bought here: http://www.urbanbabybonnets.com/ReplyDelete
Love, love, love bonnets;)
P.s your pup looks so much like our rasta (border collie x kelpie?) xx
You're so clever! Love those little bonnets, and Sooty is VERY cute too :).ReplyDelete
they are so sweet miss Tanya. xReplyDelete
Adorable! Love the vintage sheeting. Just discovered your lovely blog via Rhonda Jean at Down to Earth :)ReplyDelete
Love the bonnets...i haven't been game enough to try and sew hats as yet but you have inspired me! My problem is the twins letting me tie up anything under their chins!ReplyDelete
What a cute model you have....Violet is lovely too...hehe!
Oh they are so adorable I want to have another baby, just to make them!!! Gorgeous.ReplyDelete
they are adorable tania. clever lady. love the fabrics and your little girl looks especially sweet in them. gorgeous. xo.ReplyDelete
What a great idea Tania, they are so sweet.ReplyDelete
I love the bonnets. She looks like a little pioneer baby. Just adorable.ReplyDelete
Very 'Little House on the Prairie'...so sweet...both Violet and Sooty :)ReplyDelete
Your bonnets are beautiful, as is the gorgeous bub. I have had bonnet love for yonks and my first not quite finished sewing project is actually a bonnet for miss Liongirl, got distracted by crocheting an edge along the front and haven't finished the straps, photos coming soon. Bring back the bonnet! melxReplyDelete
Oh my those bonnets are just so adorable Tania. Violet looks so sweet in them. They are ideal for little people who pull off their hats. Sootie looks like a very happy dog and has such a kind face. xxReplyDelete
Love the colours of these cute little bonnets and what a beautiful baby who's modeling them!! iv came over to visit via Down to earth...and now a follower :-)ReplyDelete
You sew so beautifully, it really looks store bought.ReplyDelete
They are so lovely, Tania. You are so clever - have I mentioned that before? ;) Gorgeous fabrics too. I remember those hat pulling off times so well. I got Lewi a billabong one with string around the neck and that did the trick for the most part. It was a stressful time though because he, like Violet, loved being outdoors in the sunshine.ReplyDelete
I have always wanted to make a bonnet, mainly for a very old vintage dolly I have...must get too and do that!ReplyDelete
Your Sooty is like our Millie, always willing and ready for a photo shoot!
So gorgeous. I've missed your creative adventures while I've been missing in action from blog world. I'm now 5mths pregnant and love your bonnet find! Thanx for sharing.ReplyDelete
Such gorgeous bonnets and beautifully made. I love the fabrics you find. Oooh yeah, imagine winter bonnets.ReplyDelete
I think Sootie is a bit of star!
Have a good Sunday.
...and you are right Sootie, what a star.
What cute little bonnets. Perfect fabric.ReplyDelete
What cute bonnets! I love the style and what a great solution for little ones who like to pull off their hats. I might try making one for Sophie.ReplyDelete
They are amazing! Love love love them. Doesn't hurt having super cute kids in them too! Kellie xxReplyDelete