I saved the best for last!
This is my most favorite bonnet pattern. It is the Little French Bonnet from the Old Fashioned Baby Bonnets pattern. The pattern is available here and here.
While the back is easily adjusted with a ribbon casing, there is also a back seam which adds a little more shape to the bonnet. The version in the pattern uses all lace to create the bonnet's fancy band. To me, this is the perfect place to use a small piece of lovely Swiss embroidery.
I have also made this bonnet using a variety of fabrics.
A few of my favorites have been made with dotted swiss and silk dupioni. Unfortunately, I am usually clipping the last thread, as I run to the baby shower or post office! I apologize for the lack of those photographs, but just picture some of the most delectable little bonnets from the most scrumptious fabrics!
Both of the bonnets above are made with Swiss Nelona.
Another method of embellishing the ribbon streamers is shown on the first bonnet. This ribbon manipulation is done on the streamer itself.
Measure a piece of ribbon approximately 24" long.
I used 1" wide silk satin ribbon on my bonnet
With a single piece of knotted sewing thread, stitch a row of running stitches 1/8-1/4" from one end of your ribbon.
Drop down approximately 1-1/2" inches and stitch another row of running stitches.
Drop down another 1-1/2" interval and stitch a third row of running stitches.
Drop down once more and stitch a fourth row of running stitches.
Remember, your thread should match your ribbon. The orange thread is for photography purposes only!
Gently pull on your thread to gather the ribbon into three petal shaped loops.
Looks like I should have fluffed that little petal on the left a little more!
Take a few anchoring stitches and tie off your thread.
I used a little mother of pearl shank button to help anchor the streamer to the bonnet, and hide any gathering or tacking stitches.
If needed, trim the end of the streamer. Most of my streamers are approximately 18" long, and cut at an angle to help prevent fraying.
Hoping to see lots of babies in beautiful bonnets this Easter Sunday -- and beyond!