Storybook Woods Baby Bonnet Pattern

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My furry friends kept me such good company yesterday. It was cold and raining outside so we all bundled into the studio together and finished this pattern, which made me very happy. The Storybook Woods Baby Bonnet pattern is now on sale in my web shop.


The pattern will help you make a bonnet in four sizes: Extra Small, which will fit a little head that's about 16" (40.5cm) around; Small: 17" (43cm); Medium: 18" (45.5cm); and Large: 19" (48cm). Since there is quite a bit of variety in average baby head sizes for specific ages, circumference measurements seemed a more accurate way of labeling the sizes, but generally these bonnets should fit an infant to about a two-year-old.


They can be made for either boys or girls, depending on (obviously) what kind of fabrics you choose and your embroidery preferences. An embrodiery tutorial that shows you how to do each stitch is included in the pattern. To make the boy's version, you just replace the centered blossom with a little sprig of fly stitches in pinecone-colored embroidery floss:


I love that one. It reminds me to mention that, if you've never tried it before, hand over-dyed six-strand embroidery floss is perfect for this project, as it has subtle, automatic color gradations and looks lovely and natural on leaves and plants. I don't use it all the time but for certain projects it is really nice.

Another boy's version

I used a light- to mid-weight woven wool for the outside of the bonnet, and quilter's cottons for the linings. The construction of the bonnet is really simple, but I would suggest (and I do suggest in the pattern) making a practice bonnet first, before taking the time to embroider or cut into your fancy wool. Making a practice bonnet will help you get used to stitching curves and topstitching — even though I've done both of those things a million times, I always like to practice a bit before sewing my final project. Doing it neatly is important here, so it's worth the extra effort, I think. You will be able to make a few hats out of the amount of fabric called for in the pattern. Oh, and also — a dressmaker's ham for pressing is very helpful in making these. You can press curves without one, but a ham is quite nice to have and makes life a lot easier.


The pattern includes illustrated step-by-step instructions and full-size pattern templates. You should always print the pattern at the highest quality your printer can muster (so you can see the photos clearly) and BE SURE that the page is not scaled or reduced to "fit to printable area" in any way. Print it at 100%. This is really important. And, as always, you will need Adobe Reader to view the pattern.


I worked on the technical part of my web shop last week, and arranged it so that all of the sewing and craft patterns — excluding the crochet patterns — can be purchased at the same time, in the same shopping cart. My crochet patterns link to and are sold through Ravelry, which is nice because then they can all be stored in a permanent library there (and there are automatic errata alerts, if necessary, as well). My books are sold separately, since they are shipped directly out of my studio. As always, if you have any trouble downloading a pattern, just email me and I will help you right away.


The photos of these are kind of funny because there is a little sharp point on the top of my metal hat stand which makes it look like there's a point in the top of the hat, but it's really just the hat stand. I can't remember where I got that hat stand.


They are really fun to make, and make great presents. You can easily do one in an afternoon, including the embroidery, no problem. I love making bonnets. I'm very happy with these.


They are rather sweet, I think.


yep, rather sweet ... ;-) Darn beautiful! :-)

Alicia, are you trying to drive me nuts?? Now I want to drop everything and make bonnets! These are SO DANG CUTE, and your handwork and fabric choices are so lovely. I have to agree with Natalie's comment- can an over 40ish (way over) woman get away with wearing one of these? My little girl is 4,but my friend is expecting a baby....

Very adorable! I'm wondering how possible it would be to figure out how much bigger to make it for a five year old?

They are VERY sweet! They're like Little House on the Prairie goes to Paris - a little vintage and a lot fashionable!

oh the memories this brings of bonnets I have made for my four daughters...
love the boy versions too!
Nicely done :o)

beautifully made! superb job, alicia! i wish every child wore a bonnet.

These are adorable! Just yesterday I was thinking of making something for my friend having a baby in April and I think I've just found the perfect thing!!

These are adorable. :)

These are some of my most favorite things you've ever made, Alicia. Sweet simplicity.

Very pretty indeed! Reminds me of when my sister and her family lived in an Amish community. One summer we went to visit and at night her eldest sewed bonnets, trousers, and skirts using a treadle machine. And by lamplight. It was like visiting a story book! says: March 03, 2011 at 04:47 PM

Alicia, I love how coming to your site brings me back in time and makes me feel so contemporary all in one breath. Of course these bonnets are a delight. I want to tuck the ribbon of one of them under my daughters chin.

These are so lovely and absolutely perfect! I have been dreaming of sewing up little bonnets like these for my little ones--just like in Elsa Beskow books. Thank you!

Those are so beautiful. Where on earth do you find such lovely fabrics? I never see anything like that, either in stores or online.

Those are really cute. And the largest size is so close to my size that I'm almost tempted to make one for myself!

If you are looking for more inspiration, there is an exhibit of vintage children's clothing at the Bush House Museum in Salem. There are christening gowns, caps and bonnets, lacy little dresses, and more. The handwork is amazing.

Are you kidding? How much cuteness and beauty can one woman take? I am dying over these and wondering why I don't know any babies!!!! Would it be so wrong to make them anyway????

So beautiful! I love the colors.

these are gorgeous! i am not a pattern person per se but i think i may have to get yours to make one for baby coming this, or sixteen....

Beautiful hats!!!

are you trying to make me get pregnant?...goodness gracious! these are almost enough to make me want another baby...almost :)

you are amazing & so wonderful!
thank you for always sharing your talents!

so cute! and so many of them! lovely fabric combinations!

Oh MY, SO CUTE! :) I could just see our little lovely granddaughters, Zoe,,,and Sophie dear in these!! VERY SWEET!
This grandma would be one happy camper to capture tons of pics of them in these. In a field of prarie-looking flowers I might add!

Lovely! Alicia, can you tell me which fabric is peeking out from under the light blue bonnet? Thanks!

Alicia, could you tell me what the lining fabric is on the third bonnet from the bottom? It's so pretty.

Amazingly adorable!! So sweetly precious!!

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About Alicia Paulson


My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at