I love baby bonnets -- not only at Easter, but throughout the year!
They are one of my favorite baby gifts to make and give. Even if the new arrival does not wear it - which I can't image why not - it makes a precious nursery decoration or accessory for her teddy bear or doll!
One of my favorite parts of making a bonnet, is attaching the streamers. It is one place that my creativity can run free. It is a perfect place to try new techniques of ribbon or lace manipulation.
Mother-of-pearl buttons, tiny seed pearls or hand embroidery add a special touch.
The bonnet above is made of white satin batiste, trimmed with French lace and smocked in pink.
The streamers, and the ribbon in the back casing, are pink silk satin ribbon. This ribbon is my favorite for sweet bonnet streamers. It is so very soft and holds a bow well, unlike some synthetic ribbons which are very slippery and come untied easily.
This is a fairly simple attachment of double loops, using one end of the streamer itself. I secured it to the bonnet with a floral shaped mother-of-pearl button. In the center of the button a small seed pearl is stitched to add just one more touch of sweetness!
Between now and Easter, I will share some of my other favorite bonnets and streamer attachments!
*In response to several inquiries, the smocking design used for this bonnet is included in the Old Fashioned Baby pattern, Smocked Baby Bonnet. I apologize for omitting this information earlier!*