How to Make a Handkerchief Baby Bonnet

Turning a handkerchief into a baby bonnet is a simple and sweet way to create a memorable baby gift. The bonnet can be used as a Christening bonnet or for everyday use. But, when the baby grows into an adult, the stitches can be pulled out and the handkerchief can be used to add a sentimental touch to a wedding day.

Things You'll Need

  • Lady's handkerchief (approximately 9 to 10 inches square, preferably white or mostly white)
  • White thread
  • Needle
  • Ribbon
  • Ribbon flowers (optional)

Instructions

    • 1

      Iron the handkerchief. You might want to lightly starch it as well.

    • 2

      Place the hanky flat on a table.

    • 3

      Fold back one side about 1 inch. The edge you create with this fold will be the front of the bonnet.

    • 4

      Fold the other side back about 3 inches. There will be some space between the edges. This is just a guide. For a somewhat smaller bonnet, the edges can touch.

    • 5

      Iron the folded edges.

    • 6

      Open the larger fold and place a row of running stitches along the fold line. Knot just one end of the thread.

    • 7

      Refold along the pressed line.

    • 8

      Determine which side of the folded hanky is to face out. You can do it either way. For a cleaner, simpler look, the outside of the bonnet need not show the edges of the hanky that have been folded in. For a more decorative look, or if you trimmed your hanky with lace, the edges can face out.

    • 9

      Lay the hanky flat, with the outside facing up.

    • 10

      Fold one of the front, smaller fold corners under slightly so the edge creates a small triangle on the inside of the bonnet. Stitch a piece of ribbon to the inside. Repeat on the other side of the front of the bonnet. The ribbons will allow the bonnet to tie under the baby's chin.

    • 11

      Add some decoration, such as a ribbon flower on the outside of the bonnet above where you stitched the ribbon if you like.

    • 12

      Pick up the bonnet and hold the back with one hand.

    • 13

      Pull the thread in the fold with the other hand. This will gather the back and you will begin to see the recognizable shape of a bonnet.

    • 14

      Knot off the ends of the thread when you are happy with the size and shape of the bonnet.

    • 15

      Add a note or poem to the bonnet that explains what it is.

Tips & Warnings

  • For a fancier bonnet, stitch some lace or ribbon to the edges before folding it.
  • If a baby girl receives the bonnet, she can carry it as her "something old" on her wedding day. If a baby boy received the bonnet, he can pass the handkerchief on to his bride, or perhaps wear it in his lapel pocket.
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