Thursday, February 3, 2011

Guest Blogger: Pintucked Bonnet by Bumble Baybees

Today I'm happy to introduce you to Anna of Bumble Baybees. Anna was a contestant from Season 1 who has amazing sewing skills. During the very first round, her sewing machine broke in the middle of the week, which left her scrambling to put together a project at the last minute. Unfortunately, Anna didn't advance to the following round, but I knew you all needed to see how talented she really is, so I've asked her to be our Round 3: Baby guest blogger today. Here's Anna:

Hello!! I am Anna from Bumble Baybees. First, I want to say thank you to Tam for asking me to post for "Baby" week of Crafting with the Stars! Today we are making a "Pintucked Bonnet." It is simple and sweet and would be perfect for the upcoming Easter season. It would also be great to use for a christening ceremony/blessing/baptism.

Fabric of Choice ( I used Muslin)
Iron on Stabilizer
Sewing machine and thread

Cut List:
14.5"x 8.5"out of fabric
14.5"x 7" out of fabric and stabilizer
(This is for a small baby. Add one inch to the 14.5 for a medium and two inches for a large, which is what I used on my one year old in the pictures.)

On the larger strip of fabric mark a line 2.5", 3.5" and 4.5" up from the bottom. These will be your guides for the tucking.

Cut your two strips of material. Iron the stabilizer onto the backside of the smaller strip, which is your bonnet's lining.

Fold the fabric on one of the lines you just marked, and press.

Using a 1/4" inseam stitch all the way across and then press the material back out. Repeat for two other tucks.

Next pin on your lace 1/4" up from the bottom of the main piece.

1/4" revealed

My ribbon will be strung through the lace, so I will be making two stitches. One on the top and bottom edges of the lace, so that the ribbon will be able to be laced through.

And Stitch it!

Slip ribbon through your lace and cut it off at each end, so there is no overhang.

Cut two pieces of ribbon for the ties. I cut mine about 12" long. You can always cut them down when you are finished so longer is better. Pin the ribbon on top of the laced ribbon, right sides together.

Pin your lace back to expose the seam allowance.

Place the liner piece, with right sides together, on top of main piece. Make sure your ribbons and lace are not in the seam allowance. Stitch on three sides using a 1/4" inseam. (in picture the left right and bottom sides)

Clip bottom corners, turn right side out and press.

Press 1/4" to make seam and turn inward.

Find exact center and place a pin there. (At this point you can make a 1/4" stitch across the back, but I didn't)

Pin a scallop of the doily on the center pin.

Then begin to add scallops from each side and pin down.

Pin all the way around until you reach the last scallop.

Inside view.

Flip it inside out and sew 1/4" away from the edge.

Place on baby's head and enjoy!

Thanks Anna! That bonnet is adorable (and so is your little girl). Be sure to go visit Anna over at Bumble Baybees to say "hello" and check out more of her great projects!


  1. That bonnet is too cute. Is it wrong that I am sad that we do not live in the days where baby boys wore bonnets too?

  2. That bonnet is just way too cute.

  3. cute, cute.:) love how you used the doily on the back.

  4. What a beautiful little bonnet!! I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:


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