Yesterday I just had to show off the little birthday outfit that I made for my sweet Matilda Jane. I just loved the way it came together. But what I think really completes the look is the ruffle bonnet.
This project is actually more simple than it looks. And the great thing about this bonnet is that it is one-size and adjustable. Cinch the ribbon in the back really tight for a 6 month old and let it out as they grow. The bonnet Matilda is wearing fit my daughter Savannah (2 years) as well once I let out the back a little and still has room to grow.
This tutorial is designed for a one size bonnet, size 6 months - 3 years. It involves some very basic sewing techniques, so if you are new to sewing, give this a try. Let's get started......
Ruffle Bonnet Tutorial
Fabric - two coordinating prints
Single-fold bias tape
Ribbon (I used grosgrain)
Cut fabric pieces:
2 rectangles (one for exterior, one for interior lining) - 17.5" x 7"
2 rectangles interfacing - 17.5" x 7" (just very inexpensive light-weight interfacing)
1 long strip 43" x 3" (this will be folded in half)
2 strips 19" x 2" (this will be folded in half)
1 long piece - cut to your desired length, approximately 21"
Apply your interfacing to the two main bonnet pieces according to package directions. This is the most inexpensive interfacing around. I think it was .77 for all of this.
*This is NOT anything like wonder-under (which you know I love). This is just one-sided interfacing - wonder-under will fuse two pieces of fabric together, this will not and we don't want it to. We are using this just to add more body to the bonnet.
Fold your ruffle piece in half, length-wise and press - wrong sides together. Run a gathering stitch along the top of this piece. To do this, set your machine to the longest stitch length. Stitch along the top of the fabric making sure NOT to back-stitch at the beginning or end.
Close the main bonnet piece again and pin. Do the same thing on the other short side with the other strap.
And there you have it - your completed Ruffle Bonnet! Isn't it just so sweet?
Cottage Mama's Note: This project is great for a beginning sewer to practice some basic techniques. If there is anything you have a question about, please feel free to email me or leave me a comment and I am always happy to help. Pin It