Having never made from a quilting pattern before this was an excercise in following instructions. Not my strong suit. Even with a clothing pattern I tend to , shall we say, venture off the beaten track? Cant help it-its my background.
I have been diligently measuring, cutting, lining up and sewing these enormous blocks and they are making me so happy. Really. Its ridiculous. They're also making me terribly happy because making these means I am not working on the school sesqui quilt.
The background is Robert Kaufman quilters linen in grey. Can not tell you how much I love this. Its gorgeous. I knew I wanted grey rather than white but I also didnt want a flat grey. This linen look is perfect.
The fabrics are a mish mash as commitment gives me the heaby jeabies. I cannot be faithful to a range.
I have mixed Anna Maria Horner with Kaffe Fasset and Sarah Fielke, then there is Amy Butler, Heather Bailey and some randoms picked up from Calico and Ivy in the pile waiting.
Start by measuring your baby/ child from the hairline ( or where you want the bonnet to finish) to the nape of the neck.
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 turn it under 1/4 of an inch and fold it over onto the lining side. Pin into place and whip stitch into position just like you would a quilt binding.
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.
Machine into place from corner to corner on the bonnet leaving the ties untouched. Turn and fold under as you did the lower binding.
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"
Followed closely with " Im begging you mummy-I can't go out like this" !!
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.