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Friday, April 25, 2014

Thrifty Thursday

Well, I'm late once again. I started on a project early yesterday morning thinking that it would take just a few hours, and I would have it posted by noon. Obviously, that did not happen. Last night at 9:30, the project went in the garbage, and that's the last I'll say about that.
So on to a great little free pattern. Isn't this the cutest baby?!! This is from the blog by Purl Soho called The Purl Bee. If by chance you don't follow their blog, please check it out. I find it to be so lovely. They post lots of projects that are easy as well as useful. When I saw this pattern, I knew it was a must make. So many of my friends are having babies as well as grandbabies, and a little sun bonnet makes a great gift.
The two that I made are for a friend whose daughter is turning a year old soon. The bonnets are perfect for shading the sensitive skin of a baby.
The directions tell you to line the bonnets, but I decided to make mine reversible. Yes, those are airplanes on the blue bonnet. The baby's father is a pilot, so I had to do a little something for him!
 The visor can also be turned back.
I really enjoyed making the bonnets. There is no taping to the pattern, just print and go! You can find the pattern and instructions here,  http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2014/4/8/corinnes-thread-baby-sunbonnet.html
For the most part, I made the bonnet exactly as instructed. The instructions say to hand stitch the pleats into the back of the bonnet. I sewed small little squares instead.  
I also edge stitched the visor. The instructions also say to trim the interfacing, I did not. I used a lightweight cotton fusible for the visor. Worked just fine. The bonnet is not interfaced.
This is a great pattern to have on hand for impromptu baby gifts. The pattern is sized for 0-24 months. I made one of my bonnets in a size 12-18 months and the other in a size 18-24 months. I thought that as she grew, it would be nice to have a little larger bonnet.
Enjoy!
Rhonda



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15 comments:

  1. I love the bonnets Rhonda!
    Thanks for the link!

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    1. Thanks! I am going to make some for every little girl I know!

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  2. How adorable! I need to copy that pattern for WHEN some more greats come along.
    Hugs, Joy

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    1. Oh, I don't believe it...you are FAR too young for "greats"!!!

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  3. Great project Rhonda - I pinned this so I can make gifts next time someone has a baby!

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  4. Hi Rhonda. Here's a link to a blog about a free pattern. Thought you might want to check it out.

    http://tumbleweedsinthewind.blogspot.com/2014/04/my-free-japanese-spring-top-tale.html

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  5. Oh so very cute! Need to file this one away for the next baby shower!

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    1. This is going to become my standard baby gift :) So easy to make.

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  6. This is so cute. and very neat work R. well done

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  7. Oh aren't these adorable. Thank you for the link :-)

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  8. Hi Rhonda! Thanks for this post - I'm excited to give it a try for my daughter's Baptism. I'm not familiar with interfacing vs cotton fusible. Do you think I could just stitch together a heavier cotton (like a lighter woven curtain-type fabric) and a lightweight cotton? I also think I have some heat n bond laying around that I could use if that would be better. I like your idea to make them reversible. Kendra

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    1. fusible cotton interfacing, in my opinion is just a better quality of interfacing. It's lighter weight than a regular piece of cotton, and it would mold to you fabric and yet not be too heavy for the bonnet. You can use a regular piece of fusible interfacing as it will work just fine. Another possibility would be to sandwich what you have between 2 small swatches of your fabric and see if you think it will be too heavy.

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  9. Hello,
    Thank you for sharing your swlf-improved tips, it looks helpful.

    Do you have another link for the free pattern and tutorial? I can't get into it.

    Thank you.

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    1. Hi Joy, I just tried the link and it worked for me. Here it is again, https://www.purlsoho.com/create/2014/04/08/corinnes-thread-baby-sunbonnet/
      Hope you are able to download the pattern.

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