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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: quickie costume bonnet tutorial on: November 01, 2009 01:05:12 PM
Update! The costume: Mob of Angry Villagers!

That's me in the black version of the bonnet; I actually made the white one for my fellow villager, Talia!

You can more mob photos in this Halloween photo set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hambox/sets/72157622663517968/
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: quickie costume bonnet tutorial on: October 28, 2009 06:02:06 PM
That's actually a great idea! You could extend that to other genres, too -- sci-fi, western, etc. The mind reels!
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / quickie costume bonnet tutorial on: October 28, 2009 04:26:06 PM

You can read this tutorial here or on my blog: http://beckyhaycox.com/hamblog/?p=1797

Here's a fairly quick and fairly easy tutorial for a bonnet that I whipped up. If you are planning a pilgrim/pioneer/villager/amish costume, read on.

As part of a group costume, I'm going to be a "generic peasant from a generic time in history", hence I need a "generic bonnet":

(can't divulge what the group costume is, yet)

Here's what you need to make an costume bonnet for an adult:

  • A piece of cardboard, approximately 5" x 16" (note: wrap the cardboard around the top of your head to customize your fit. Some may want to cover their ears completely, others may want their ears partially free, like me)
  • Two pieces of low-loft cotton batting to cover both sizes of the cardboard (note: this was intended to cover up the cardboard and to add a bit of comfort. You could go without, I'm sure)
  • Spray-on adhesive (to adhere the batting, if wanted. You could also use double-sided tape or staples)
  • A piece of cotton fabric that is double the width of your cardboard plus 1", and 2" longer than the cardboard's length. For example, if your cardboard is 5" x 16", you want a piece of fabric 11" x 18".
  • One piece of cotton fabric, 9" x 25"
  • 2 thin strips of fabric about about 1.5" x 16" (for the bonnet ties; you can also use ribbon or other tie-like things)
  • A sewing machine (see "Before you start," below)
  • Needle and thread (thread preferably same color as your fabric)
  • Scissors, chalk (or pencil), pins
  • Iron
  • A head of some kind; since I didn't have another human in the house, I used a styrofoam wig head to hold the bonnet in place; I also tried on the bonnet on me throughout the making process to make sure things were going the right way.

Before you start:
  • This project took me a little over 3 hours, including screwups and re-dos.
  • I will be telling you to sew through the batting-covered cardboard, as well as fabric. My machine did fine, but you might want to test yours.
  • You could certainly do a quicker-and-dirtier no-sew version of this bonnet, using tape and staples. if you want to go that route, comment here and I can help.

Let the fun begin! First, give all your fabric a nice pressing.

Cardboard time! A side from a 12-pack of Diet Grapefruit Soda works great as your piece of cardboard; just the right size (click any picture to enlarge):

Spray a side of the cardboard with adhesive, smooth a piece of batting over the surface, then trim to fit. Repeat on the other side.

Now,  you're basically making a tube of fabric to fit your cardboard. Wrap your cotton around the cardboard; mark the joining points of the fabric. Sew where you marked. Turn the tube inside out, press.

Slide the cardboard inside the fabric tube. If your tube is too tight, rip your stitches (or use a new piece of fabric) and try again. If the tube is too loose, roll a long edge down and run a stitch, as I did here:

Finish the short ends by folding the fabric's raw edges down and in, like a package. Then sew.

I'm going to call this piece the bonnet band.

Here's where we make the bonnet ties. Either follow these instructions, or use ribbon. Fold each long strip in half, then half again, until you get about a 1/4"  of fabric. Press to hold the folds, then run a stitch on the long edge. Remember: nothing has to be perfect, especially if you're a peasant!

Finish the ends by tying a knot about 1" from the end, or run a quick stitch at the end.

Sew the bonnet ties to your bonnet band. Make sure you sew them to the inside of the band, about 2" from each end.

I sewed a rectangle on each tie, for strength. Here's what the inside looks like:

And the outside. Quick and dirty, people!

Take your 9" x 25" fabric and cut a slight curve on one of the long side of the fabric. Exactitude is not necessary. Here's the general idea:

Finish all edges but the long, straight edge by rolling or folding the edges and sewing a seam:

On the straight, long side, iron in some pleats, as shown.

Adjust until your pleats until that side is the same width as your bonnet band. Then pin. You're pinning on the inside (wrong side) of the bonnet band.

Sew it. I ran two stitches, myself, so that the pleats were secured close to the edge of the bonnet band. This is what you have so far:

You might want to attach your bonnet to a head of some kind at this point. This is where we're going to gather the fabric to make the poofy back of the bonnet. If you prefer to attach some elastic instead, go for it. But here's my quick and dirty way:

Thread a needle and knot it so you have double thread -- about 2 feet will do.

Sew a wide stitch along the seam of the fabric you just attached to the bonnet band. Starting at one end of the bonnet band, sew stitches about an inch long.

As you sew, you can start tugging on the thread so that the fabric starts to gather together. See where we're going with this?

After you sew the whole way around, back to the other side of the bonnet band, play with your thread length and gathers to find the look you like:

Here's where you want to try the bonnet on the person who's going to wear it, to adjust the gathers to fit their head.

Once satisfied, tie off the thread and you're done. The gathers will hide the thread pretty well.

Here are some views of the completed bonnet:

Enjoy! I hope this helps someone looking for some prairie action. At least, it will help me if I have to make another one, ever again.

Love from great-great-great-great-great-great-great gramma!

You can see a few more photos on my flickrphoto set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hambox/sets/72157622553790169/

Update! The costume: Mob of Angry Villagers!

That's me in the black bonnet; I made the white one for Talia!

You can more mob photos in this Halloween photo set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/hambox/sets/72157622663517968/
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Science Quilt! on: July 27, 2009 10:47:46 AM
Thanks for everyone's comments! You're so kind! If anyone is in Southern California, the Science Quilt will be at the Ventura County Fair starting next week. And there's an "Art+Science" exhibit I'm entering it into in the fall, in the UK.. nervous about showing it, but your comments have been so supportive!
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Science Quilt! on: July 24, 2009 01:04:45 PM
Thanks for the input, everyone!

Clayman, you and I need to talk! I'll PM you!
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Science Quilt! on: July 23, 2009 10:03:54 PM
Update! See mini-Science Quilt at the bottom of this post!

This is a brief recap of a project I just completed. If youd like to read much more detail about the making process, and see lots more photos, you can go to my blog: http://beckyhaycox.com/hamblog/?p=1492!

Last year, while working (as a civilian) in a university Chemical Engineering Department, I would pass a poster every day in the hallway. On this poster was a chart. One day, I thought hey, this chart would make a nice quilt!

The chart was a part of a computation called Capturing Phase Dynamics of Circadian Clocks. I thought aha the Circadian rhythm has to do with the wake/sleep cycle, and a quilt is something you wake/sleep under!

A mere year-plus later, and here it is, the Science Quilt!

The quilt pattern on top are EEG patterns of the brain during various levels of wake and sleep:

Here's the detail of the stitching:

Heres the full story of the Science Quilt:

Update! I recreated this quilt on a re-proportioned and much smaller scale. There are two upcoming exhibits (that I'd like to enter the quilt into) that have a small maximum size, so I made it about 36"x39":


There were lots of unexpected challenges, recreating a quilt. Lots more sewing in a smaller surface area!

One of the exhibits I'm entering it into is an "Art+Science" exhibit, happening next summer. Wish me luck!
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Second pincushion from Chicomich on: October 04, 2007 03:55:03 PM
Update! More pincushiony goodness from chicomich: here

I can't believe it, fellow craftsters.. I DIDN'T EVEN NOTICE the second pincushion in the mailing envelope! I was so excited to see the groovy square one, I just got BLIND!

Behold, yet more excellence. See, SEE what I'm wearing? The same colors?:

Another view:

Chicomich had no idea how badly I needed a good wrist pincushion.. all I had were one of those subpar hard red bracelet ones. Now I shall pins my quilts with a heavenly and chic lil guy on my wrist! Yay!
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / pincushion from chicomich! on: October 03, 2007 04:45:32 PM
Update! More pincushiony goodness from chicomich here

I love love love my pincushion from chicomich! Everything from the shape to the colors to the buttons. My friend gasped when she saw it, saying "it's SO YOU!" Thanks, chicomich and thanks to our wonderful swap organizer!

A peek at the POW! color side:

And the blue side:

And a still life with plant, so you can see the size:

Can you believe it was her first pincushion ever? And don't you just want this in a full size pillow??!?
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Pin Cushion Swap Gallery on: September 27, 2007 11:19:56 PM
Yay, I'm so glad you liked your cushions, chicomich! That was the "issue" I was alluding to earlier... the big pincushion really is a Big Giant Pincushion! The instructions I followed didn't specify measurements, so I went a little on the high side. But once made, there was something cool about the jumbo size! But I made a companion Tiny Guy just in case chicomich needed something smaller to fit her lifestyle. Hee!

Here are a few more shots on my flickrstream:

This has been a great swap so far!

Hambox (aka Becky)
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Pin cushion swap(SIGNUP 9/2/07-9/10/07 MAIL BY: 9/27/07) on: September 25, 2007 03:30:54 PM
Mine is done and dying to be sent.. however, I work on a campus whose post office doesn't have Delivery Confirmation availability. Sigh. But I think I can get it out tonight! It was fun and I encountered a very amusing "issue" that I can talk about more freely once my partner receives her package...
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