Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Sunbonnet

Thank you all for your comments on my last post.  I am taking my time reading and absorbing each one.  I do so appreciate being held by the community here.

Sunbonnet a la the Purl Bee

So how about a sunbonnet?  How about a super sweet Liberty of London sunbonnet a la The Purl Bee?  Mmm.. yes, we can all appreciate that!

I've been anticipating making this project for I don't know how long.  How nice to have a practical need fulfilled in such an indulgent and doable way.  The project does take some not-so-quilty skills and tools, which I happened to have on hand.  The more you sew and try new things, the more you build up your skill set!  This one seemed to bring several things together...

Sunbonnet a la the Purl Bee

I hardly ever pull out a bias tape maker, but this one was just the right size.  Tip:  Use a pin to pull the fabric through when you're getting it started.  Iron the fabric right as it comes out, nicely folded on the thin tip of the tool.

Sunbonnet a la the Purl Bee

Don't let interfacing scare you.  Even if you don't quite follow the directions (oops), it can still turn out all right.  Just ask for the correct weight interfacing at your craft store.  This project uses "lightweight" fusible interfacing.  I also put to use my curved sewing skills and notching know-how.  Again, these things aren't actually hard, just intimidating.  You've only to dive in!  Remember, it's just fabric.  (Ok, don't practice on Liberty fabric!)

Sunbonnet a la the Purl Bee

And while not a must-have, this pressing ham was perfect for pressing those three-dimensional bonnet seams.  My mom picked this up for me at a yard sale and I almost turned it away.  Don't do that.  You want a pressing ham.  It's annoying to store, but you'll be so happy to have it someday!

Sunbonnet a la the Purl Bee

Ta da!  Two very sweet bonnets in size 0-3 months for my 10+ pound, 3-month baby girl.  I made the one in Liberty lawn (exact fabric still available at Jones & Vandermeer!) and the other in solid pink FreeSpirit voile.  Both are lined in that subtle taupe stripe that I recently restashed.  I resisted using the stripe here, but it was too perfect.   Hmm... probably an indication that I should have bought yards of that stripe...

Sunbonnet a la the Purl Bee

Sunbonnet a la the Purl Bee

They fit her beautifully and offer lots of protection.  I bet I'll be making the next size up before the sunshine wanes this year!


43 comments:

  1. They are beautiful bonnets and she is a beautiful baby.

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  2. Such pretty little bonnets, but not as pretty as your little girl! :)

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  3. Rachel - Eleni is so beautiful! And her sun Bonnet is so cute too.

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  4. Both baby and bonnet are lovely.
    I just bought some fabric from one of your sponsors--and for the last few months every time I buy fabric I include the following note in the comment section--
    Saw this fabric on Stitched in Color." I shop at those shops that support my favorite bloggers.
    I do this for all of my favorite blogs and encourage your readers to do the same! I think it is important that we let sponsors know that we appreciate them! Sometimes I even get a note back.

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    1. Oh that's an awesome idea!

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    2. This is a great idea! Thank you for sharing it!

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  5. The bonnets turned out beautifully and they look wonderful on Eleni. Well done Momma!

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  6. Rachel, those two bonnets are just adorable and they look so sweet on your beautiful Eleni.

    I wasn't able to comment when I read your last post, but I wanted to say that your sweet Eleni is only three months old but has already touched so many lives. What a beautiful gift to the world she is! You have a safe place here to share your sorrows and joys - please know we are all rooting for you!

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  7. Cute bonnets and Eleni makes a wonderful model.

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  8. I love the sun bonnet! Elena looks so cute in it! My Grandmother always had a sun bonnet hanging by the back door, ready to wear when she went out gardening. It was one she had sewn, very utilitarian, not for "pretty". I would so love to have it now. It seems so crazy that the time period of wearing sun bonnets isn't as far back as we think - that the "Little house on the Prairie" generation was a part of my life. Well, anyway, that's interesting to me :)
    Beth

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    1. Sorry! I didn't catch that spell check changed Eleni's name for me! Grrrrr!

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  9. Such sweet girl!!! Thanks for remind me of this pattern.

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  10. What a cutie.
    She is a doll, and so are you, Rachel

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  11. She is darling! And so are the bonnets!

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  12. Cute bonnets for a beautiful girl!

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  13. ADORABLE! Simply adorable...baby and bonnets!

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  14. Sweet baby girl and sweet bonnets! Thank you for the pictures.

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  15. Those sunbonnets are adorable and Eleni looks so pretty in them!

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  16. She's beautiful and she's growing. It's not everything, but it's a start. You have to start somewhere.

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  17. I love the bonnet, but that little miracle wearing it makes it so beautiful! Thank you for sharing your journey.

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  18. Pretty bonnets for a gorgeous little lady :)

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  19. Bless her! Eleni looks adorable in her bonnet.

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  20. Eleni is looking darling in her new sunbonnet! Thanks for sharing the pattern ~ need to make some for my Granddaughter being born in July.

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  21. Oh, your beautiful girlie looks adorable in her sunbonnet! (I want to smooch those chubby little cheeks.) And the little girl in me who loved Little House on the Prairie wants her own sunbonnet!

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  22. I love this pattern! I topstitch around the edges after for a more solid finish. It really does shade their face so well.

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  23. I love this pattern! I topstitch around the edges after for a more solid finish. It really does shade their face so well.

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  24. Such a sweet practical project. Great pictures. Thanks for sharing.

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  25. What a cutie! The bonnet is lovely too ;0)

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  26. Babies in bonnets are my favorite favorite favorite. Love it. Eleni is beautiful and you're right, that taupe stripe is perfect for everything, isn't it? Just lovely.

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  27. So sweet....baby and the bonnets. Eleni is a lucky baby to have you for her mom.

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  28. Beautiful bonnets for your beautiful girl.

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  29. Girl, she is beautiful with or without the bonnet! you are indeed blessed with such a lovely and gentle child.

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  30. Lovely post. TBTG for sewing...xxoo

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  31. Your bonnets are really cute and your little girl looks so cute in them.

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  32. Your bonnets are really cute and your little girl looks so cute in them.

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  33. Your bonnets are really cute and your little girl looks so cute in them.

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  34. Just adorable! And the bonnets are nice too!

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