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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Ma makes sunbonnets! tut modified 5/4 on: May 01, 2007 11:10:47 AM
Ok, I'm going to try this again.  Can I just say that I hate dial up?
This is actually my first project post.  I'm getting strangely mixed reactions about this old fashioned sunbonnet thing.  Some people totally make fun and some people love them.  I started making them because one of my friends and I could never find good sun hats for our very fair skinned daughters.  Hence, the rebirth of a really old hat.  I loved these when I was a kid (Little House on the Praire was big then-yeah, I'm that old.)  I looked for them on the internet and various places but it seems you can't find them anymore.  I found a tute though and modified it to little kid size, made the ruffle on the back longer, and made the brim bigger.  I always make a matching skirt because I think its cute.  My inquiring mind wants to know what YOU think... Grin  Thanks for looking!

http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w139/badmoodrison/bonnetbig.jpg

http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w139/badmoodrison/skirtbig.jpg


Disclaimer:  I suck at telling people how to do stuff.  However, I figure if I can do this, anyone can.Smiley  
My little model in the pic is 7 years old.  However, I've found, in making hats for wee ones, that kids heads are bigger than you think.  This one also looked pretty good on my friend's 3 yo.  It's more of a Holly Hobby bonnet than the one I gave the link to later in this thread.  After looking at that one I realized I modified this more than I thought I had.  The idea is still pretty much the same, but I think mine is a heckuva lot easier.

Ok, here is a pic of the two pattern pieces you'll need for the bonnet.  If you can't see the measurements in the picture they are: crown 16"w x 20" long and brim 15" long x 5" at the widest part.  You just have to sort of eyeball this.  I just drew it out on paper bags until I had what I wanted.  Gotta love trial and error.
Straps can be made as long or as thick as you want so I'm leaving that to interpretation, there are endless options as to the way these can be made to look.  Ribbons look good too, especially if you do a lace or ribbon embellishment around the brim or where the crown attaches to the brim.  

http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w139/badmoodrison/sunbonnetinstructions.jpg

Cut one piece for the crown of the bonnet and two pieces for the brim.    
Sew the brim pieces together wrongside out along the curve making sure you leave the ends open so that you can tuck them in and press before you attach the crown (which will be gathered and tucked into the brim.)  Turn rightside out and press, also pressing the unfinished edges into the brim.  This makes it a little easier to get the interfacing in without bunching.
Cut a piece in the brim shape of the fusible interfacing stuff to make the brim stiff. Make it about 1/8 to 1/4" smaller than your brim and then stick it in the brim.  Position the interfacing inside the top unfinished edge fold that you just pressed into the brim.  This makes the brim not floppy and stay where it's supposed to.   Set aside for later.  
Crown piece:  Decide how long you want your ruffle at the nape of the neck.  The one in the pic is about 3" or so finished so about 3.5 up from the bottom make a 1/4" snip into the fabric horizontally.  This will allow for you to hem around the ruffle at the nape.  All I do is just fold it in twice, press, and hem it.  
From the snip all the way around to the other side to the other snip make big long stitches and gather it.  Gather evenly to make it just long enough to tuck into the brim piece and pin as you go.  The hemmed nape should be hanging out at the ends.
Iron the brim to fuse the brim pieces together and adhere the gathered crown into the brim.  Sew the crown into the brim.  I usually double stitch it because sometimes the gathers tend to pop out when I'm not looking.  Pesky little buggers.  
Then attach your ribbon pieces or ties at the very edge of the brim.  I always sew them in in a square for durability.
Take a thin piece of elastic and stretch as you sew it along the top of the nape even with the ends of the brim.  There are other ways to do this, I'm sure, but that seemed like the easiest option and I'm all about easy.  Also, you may want to do this before you gather the crown, whichever works best for you.    
Viola!  You have a sunbonnet!
Here are a couple extra pix so maybe it'll make more sense.  Any questions, please ask.  Sometimes I'm not too concise.

http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w139/badmoodrison/sunbonnetinside.jpg

http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w139/badmoodrison/sunbonnetoutside.jpg  
ed to modify a little-I wrote this when I was reeeeally tired.

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