How to Make a Simple Reversible Baby Bonnet
I love making baby things. I only seem to do it when I am heading to Ireland to see the Irish cousins who all have babies. Since I have an upcoming trip I thought I would make a simple baby bonnet that anyone with basic sewing skills can make. This is essentially a rectangle of fabric and some ribbon. Choose some fun fabric for this one and it will be a treat for your own child or as a gift for someone else. I chose a fun floral fat quarter for one side of my bonnet and a nice bright yellow for the other. It is perfect for those spring and summer months. So lets get into how to make a simple reversible baby bonnet.
I obtained the fabrics and ribbon that I used for this project at JOANN! but you could head to Hobby Lobby or Fabric.com to get exactly what you need. Otherwise use what is in your stash if you have one. I actually had the ribbon and fabrics on hand and had to make some modifications as you will see. This post contains affiliate links that if you click on them and make a purchase I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you.
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What you will Need: How to make a simple reversible baby bonnet
- 9″ x 14″ piece of main fabric
- 9″ x 14″ piece of lining fabric
- 1 Yd 7/8″ ribbon
- 4″ of 5/8″ elastic
- Standard Sewing supplies
Step 1: Cut Your Fabrics and Ribbon:
Cut your fabrics so that they measure 9″ x 14″ each. Cut the ribbon so that there are two 18″ pieces
Step 2: Stitch the fabrics and ribbon:
Lay your fabrics right sides together so that they are positioned longways on your work surface. Measure up 1/2″ from the bottom and pin your ribbon between the two layers. Pin the two fabrics together. Stitch from the top side down 1/4″ and backstitch using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Skip down 7/8″ and begin sewing again to the end of the side around the bottom and up the other side until you are 1 1/8″ from the end and backstitch. Skip to the last 1/4″ and sew to the end and along the top. This will leave a gap in the side seams for the casing. Sew the top closed leaving an opening for turning.
Step 3: Turn the fabrics and Press
Turn the fabrics right sides out and sew the opening closed using ladder stitch. If you are unfamiliar with ladder stitch follow this video. I like using that Purple Thing for turning because it really helps to poke out those corners for me. But if you don’t have that Purple Thing a knitting needle or chopstick will also work. Press. Sew a straight line across the length of the fabric just beneath the opening you created on the sides of the fabric. This creates a casing for the elastic.
Step 4: Add the elastic
Using a safety pin thread your elastic through the opening you left in the side so that it goes in one side and comes out the other. Pull the elastic tight and stitch the ends together using zig zag stitch. The elastic will slide into the casing you have created. The back of the bonnet will form a circle. You have now completed your reversible baby bonnet. How cute!