Get the pattern here. See the video here. This pattern fits dolls and babies from micro size to 6 months. Please scroll down for ruffle and temple to temple measurements.
This pattern contains 7 sizes of bonnets. The smallest can be made with a simple fat quarter. The larger ones may require up to 1/3 yard. I recommend printing the size pattern desired and bring it when sourcing fabric.
The ruffle can be made from fabric, or a commercially produced ruffle can be bought. The bonnet looks nice without a ruffle as well.
You will need some type of ribbon for a closure. The type you use is completely up to you.
Print the pattern and cut from fabric. You will need one crown and back from the outer fabric and one crown and back from a lining. There is not a template for the ruffle. Keep reading for ruffle instructions.
Sew the bonnet back
With right sides facing, sew the bottom of the bonnet back using a 5/8″ seam allowance.
Turn the bonnet back right side out and press well. Set aside.
Prepare the ruffle, if using one. There are many different types of ruffles that can be used. There is not a template included in the pattern, as the size and width of the ruffle is a personal choice. Here are the measurements I used, if you choose to duplicate them.
Fold the cut ruffle in half length-wise. Fold in the ends of the ruffle for a finished edge.
With a hand needle, make a running stitch along the non-folded edge of the ruffle.
Use the running stitch to gather the edge of the ruffle so that it is the same length of the crown. When the ruffle is the same length as the crown, knot the thread and pin to the crown. Gently even out the gathers and baste the ruffle to the crown.
Fold in the edges of the ruffle and pin. This will prevent the edges from being caught awkwardly between the lining and the outer crown.
Cut two lengths of ribbon and melt the ends to prevent fraying. The length of the ribbon is a personal choice, so a length is not provided for this tutorial. Better to cut longer lengths, as they can be shortened if needed. Apply a flame (from a lighter) very gently to melt the ends of the ribbon on both ends to prevent the ribbon from fraying apart. Be careful not to set them on fire.
Pin the ribbons to the ends of the ruffle on either end of the bonnet crown.
With right sides facing, place the outer crown piece on top and sew three sides of the crown with 5/8″ seam allowance. Trim the corners before turning right side out.
Turn the crown right side out and press well.
Pin the bonnet back to the crown with right sides facing. Pin to the notches on either side. There will be extra fabric between the notches at the top. This area will be gathered. Pin the gathers in place and sew with the machine. If it is easier for you, use a hand needle and use a running stitch to make the gathers even. Sew using 5/8″ seam allowance.
Turn the bonnet right side out and you’re done!
Happy Sewing! Keep scrolling for the video!
Head measurement, in this table, represents the length from one temple to the other of the hat, including the ruffle.
3 thoughts on “Baby Bonnet Sewing Instructions”
I love this tutorial! So thorough. Thanks for sharing!
Could you tell me (roughly) what ages the different sizes might correspond to? Like newborn, 0-3, 3-6, etc? Thanks for your time.
Hi Whitney, I’m not really sure how the sizes would correspond to infant sizes. I do know that the largest bonnet generally fits my 6month sized doll. Because sizing is so different between countries, I no longer mark patterns as being a particular size. Measurements seem to work better. Thanks for the question and comment. Happy Sewing!