I love a baby in a bonnet and was all set to knit another for this boy but he gets itchy. I have deep seated paranoia that he will have eczema like Olie but thats another story.
So with some leftover flannel from Henrys dressing robe, I fashioned a simple bonnet.
Then take a measurement from just below the jawline up around the face and down to just below the jawline on the other side.
Using some scrap fabric ( I had some slubby linen) you will make a toile.
You need a centre piece, wider at the front (I find the width from the outside edge of each eye is good) and then narrowing as it finishes at the nape of the neck.
You then need two side pieces. This is where the toile is vital because when you try it on the little person you will be able to pin and adjust as necessary.
Once the toile fits, take to it with a pair of scissors. Cut along the stitching lines that were the final fit.
Press your pieces flat and there you have your pattern pieces. You will add seam allowance when you cut out the real fabric.
I chose a contrasting flannel for the lining and also because I thought it would be sweet to make this reversable.
Cut out two centre panels ( one in main and one in lining) then four side pieces (two in main and two in lining).
Pin the seams together and sew together making sure to ease them around the curve. Clip.
Now turn the main fabric the right way around and leave the lining inside out.
Position the lining bonnet inside the main bonnet.
Now measure the bottom edge of the bonnet. Cut a piece of binding 4cm wide to the length of the edge.
Pin it into place with right sides together on the main fabric. Machine into position.
Now measure from corner to corner along the front of the bonnet. Add 20cm at each end for ties. Cut out your binding to this length. Find the centre and pin right sides together on the main side starting at the centre back. Work your way around the edge from the centre. This will give you even ties on each side.
When youve whip stitched around the face of the bonnet, press and turn under the ties and whip stitch into place.
Done! I honestly made a cup of tea and sat down to make this bonnet with tea not going stone cold. Its very quick once you've taken the measurements and have your pattern pieces.
And then you get to put it on the little recipient who might go " NOooooooooo not a bonnet!! Ohhhh"
Now I er on the side of "it only fits for five seconds" caution and tend to make things too big. If you make your bonnet to fit it will look more 'super spunky baby' and less 'little house on the prairie'. Not that I'm knocking that show. Loved it. But ...well... you know.