And just to prove I am a nerd, here is a pic of me in it. hehe.
First, I found this tutorial over at Buns and Baskets. She has an entire site on dressing like a pioneer. I would recommend heading over there if you need some advice. Anyway, I tweaked it just a little with help from my mom. She is awesome at sewing.
Also, if you want to see WHY I am making a bonnet, click here. And if you want to see my tutorial on a pioneer shirt, click here.
*This tutorial is for an adult sized bonnet*
3/4 yard fabric
9 inches of 1/4" elastic
Interfacing (enough for 1 brim piece)
2 pieces of 24"coordinating ribbon for ties
1. Cut fabric into one 22" square (bonnet) and 2 strips of 5 1/2" by 21" (brim)
2. Fold the bonnet piece in half, and the in quarters, making a square. Iron to create lines.
3. Unfold the fabric so it is halfed, vertically. Cut a quarter circle on top half of fabric. Now, I am going to make this picture really big in case you don't know how to make the half circle. Take a string and tie it to a pencil. Hold the edge of the string at the edge of the fabric and the pencil at the other edge. Holding the string side in place, draw a line with the pencil, creating a half circle. I wish I had learned that years ago! See the pencil line below?
4. Cut a 1/2" deep mark 4.5" from the bottom and another small mark 1/4" deep 1 inch above that, This is for elastic casing later on.
5. Mark the center of your bonnet piece with just a little snip.
6. Take on brim piece and fold it up two times to make a square. Iron to create lines. Unfold once.
7. Unfold once and cut a quarter circle off the top half. You know how to do it now, right? Cut the second brim piece and a piece of interfacing to match.
Sewing: This part was a little confusing to me, so hopefully these pictures will help a ton!
1. Below the bottom slit mark on bonnet, fold the fabric in 1/4", then another 1/4". Press and stitch. Repeat on other side.
2. Fold bottom edge 1/4" then another 1/4". Press and stitch.
1. Fuse interfacing to one piece of brim. I used the iron on kind.
2. Take other brim and fold straight edge 1/2 to the wrong side. Press.
3. Stitch the 2 brim pieces right sides together along the edge with 1/2" seam. Cut to 1/4" and clip curves.
1. Poke ribbon into notched area of bonnet (yes, over by elastic) and sew into place. Both sides. I had to pin it in place to sew it in there. Then I just went back and forth a few times to reinforce it.
2. Gather bonnet all the way around. I would gather a bit and hold it up to brim so they were the same length.
3. Pin straight edge of brim to bonnet, right sides together matching centers. Stitch.
Now, I have to say, this was a bit of work for me. It probably took an hour. And it's not super authentic. But I am happy with how it turned out. Please let me know if you have any questions!
Linked today at: Mommy by Day, Sugar Bee, Hope Studios, Lil Luna, Ginger Snap, Junk in their Trunk, Creations by Kara