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.


Very, very sweet!

melinda ke says: March 02, 2011 at 12:43 PM

I agree, they are quite sweet!

Just brought mine, love them Alicia! You are TOO clever!
Have a great day and keep the patterns coming!

So beautiful! Well done! The linings and the embroidery are just the perfect touch!

You were quite the busy bee! Those little bonnets are so sweet! The wool hats look almost like boiled wool. Very old-fashioned. I like all the different linings and ribbons you used. Glad you had your furry friends to keep you company!

This is gorgeous.

Just beautiful! I will definitely be putting this pattern aside for future little ones!!!

Christine says: March 02, 2011 at 02:34 PM

Such a precious pattern, Alicia! I love it so much :) If only I knew a little girl to make it for, since I have three boys. This bonnet brings me back to the weekday afternoons where I sat and waited for reruns of "Little House on the Prairie" on TV.

I want one for me! always.

Troy Louise says: March 02, 2011 at 03:06 PM

Love your sweet bonnets. Wish I had some little ones to make some for. Loved the story about your kitty and the vent. My sisters & I used to stand over the vents w/our flannel nightgowns billowing out! Hugs.

i hope some of the ones you sell next week are sized for 2 year old boys! so so cute!

Oh my gosh how cute and very storybook woods. I have to say I love the name ;-) xoxox Clarice

Cross your fingers your baby will wear hats. As soon as my kids could figure out how to pull hats off they were totally done with them.

So cute, though!!

They are all so adorable! I'm in love with them! Would make a perfect addition to an easter outfit!

how sweet. I always kept my daughter in bonnets. First of all, they are adorable. Secondly, I was so afraid she would get an ear infection. xo, Cheryl

Now I wish my girls were small again so I could make them a sweet little bonnet. Oh who am I kidding - the sleep deprivation nearly killed me last time around ...

I am so glad this little bonnet is available now! I looked all through the pattern books today for a bonnet that would look cute with the little dress I am making my newest little granddaughter. But I couldn't find anything that really pulled at my heart like yours does. So, thank you for spending the time getting it ready for us to purchase! It is adorable!

These are so so sweet - and you've got quite a collection going there! I just finished making a crocheted gnomes hat for my little one. Check it out here....

Truly presh. Wish I had had this pattern when my little guys were a bit younger!

Bookaholic says: March 02, 2011 at 07:51 PM

So, so cute-- makes me wish I had another baby. (As if I didn't already have three very sweet, no-longer-baby reasons to wish I had another baby.) :)

Oh so very sweet! ♥

Wow. These are just stunningly beautiful! Really makes me wish I could sew :)

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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