Wednesday, April 27, 2011

In Your Easter Bonnet

Hello dear friends! I did some crafting over Easter weekend, and wanted to share the results with you this week and next. First up are these miniature silk and satin bonnets (4.5" across widest part of brim); they're based on this 1830s bonnet from the Old Sturbridge Village collection (the pale blue, deep rose and aged muslin ties on that particular piece are just gorgeous). To make a miniature version of my own, I drafted a pattern which you can download for personal use by clicking here. For more photos, instructions and supply tips, click here to read on.

Instructions: To begin cut the pattern from light-weight cardboard and cover each piece in material. I adhered the fabric by running it through my Xyron sticker maker and then applying it to the cardboard pattern piece. Assemble the bonnet using a strong, quick-drying fabric glue (I use Fabri-tac) and line the inside of the bonnet with cardstock for a clean look. I also added part of an oversized cupcake liner to create a ruffled look under the brim. Finally add your trims.

Trims: I didn't have any vintage millinery, so instead I had to be resourceful in the silk flower department (which I'm usually not a fan of). The velvety roses shown above began as brownish hydrangea petals plucked off an artificial stem. I dyed them with fabric dye and then cut out individual petals and refashioned them into rose blooms. I also found a stem of small fabric flowers that were suited to this project. Additional trims used: floral pips, grosgrain ribbon, faux bois ribbon, gold microbeads, iridescent sequins. For leaves, I treated yellow-green silk with fabric stiffener, let dry and cut out leaf shapes.

19 comments:

Sonia said...

Very sweet and adorable. Thanks for sharing! They are quite something. It'd be great to have bonnets make a comeback.

emily-kallista said...

Oh they are amazing! This is the kind of thing that I wished and yearned for when I was a little girl.. I thought that wearing a pretty bonnet like this must be exactly what made boys flal in love with you! So sweet!

LindaSonia said...

adorable bonnet - but your link for the pattern doesn't appear to working... :(

Otter Mei said...

So cute! I saw these and immediately screamed mentally, "JANE AUSTEN!" :D

Stacy's Designs 88 said...

Gorgeous as always! You're like the MacGyver of crafts. You make Martha look EZ. Always enjoy and look forward to your next Amazing projects....and they're always Amazing. Take care, Stacy

Sandy Ang said...

So beautiful. Just found your lovely blog and am going to look around more. thanks for the inspiration.

Cynthia L. H. said...

LOVE these! ;^)
They look as if they are fresh out of a Jane Austen movie....
;^)

dkmart said...

Sooooo pretty! Your blog always puts me in the mood to make something, and these little bonnets are absolutely adorable. Thanks so much for the inspiration!
xoDeirdre

elissa, ebb & flow said...

these are lovely. thanks so much for sharing your great ideas!

Sum said...

Oh my goodness! I love this!

Pamela said...

This makes me smile.

I wanted you to know I linked my blog to your paper cone tutorial.

May your weekend be filled with joy -- and of course, sunshine!

Pamela

Linda said...

Wow! These are so pretty!

RC Reese said...

Now that is one lovely bonnet!! I need one my size and a lovely lil' empire dress to match. You are very talented!

Lynnie @ Ramblings from Vintage Gal said...

Thank you for this post! I found you from Pinterest post and loved the hat and am thankful for the pattern...I am your newest follower.

NANCY said...

Make several of these, and for an Easter Tablescape, perch them on candlesticks! So pretty and Springy! Thanks for the link to the Pattern. Perfect.

Melissa said...

absolutely divine - my little girl is in an Easter parade next week and I wanted a bonnet that would be beautiful but different - we are going to make a "child size" version of this - how beautiful it will be. thank you

Plum and Nearly said...

I've tried twice to d/l your bonnet template but the file says I do not have the correct permission. What am I doing wrong?
Thanks,
Kay

Livy said...

Hi Kay,

Maybe try using a different browser or check that your adobe reader is fully updated. I just downloaded the template from my work computer with no issue. I wish I could assist you further! Hopefully one of those things works.

Grannie's Bloomers said...

What a lovely way to use bits and piece of fabrics,trims,ribbons and floral floarl scraps.

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