Make a baby bonnet to treasure
If someone you know is expecting a baby soon, this would make a meaningfully green gift for the upcoming holidays (or any time of year).
This bonnet is featured in our book, Celebrate Green!, but without the instructions. A couple of notes:
- When possible choose a vintage handkerchief, one from a family member is best, but if not available, try purchasing through local vintage shops or online.
- Smaller handkerchiefs work best. Those with tatted, crocheted or lace edges make beautiful bonnets.
- Wash the handkerchief in pure soap and cool water and dry before starting.
- If the handkerchief is discolored or has any spots, try wetting and leaving in the sun. Do not bleach.
- Use loose machine stitches or sew by hand because one day, the stitches will come out and it will be easier if they are not tiny and close together.
- Print out a copy of the note that you can give with the bonnet, here.
Here’s a pictorial of how to make the bonnet. Enjoy!
Lynn Colwell and Corey Colwell-Lipson are mother and daughter and authors of Celebrate Green! Creating Eco-Savvy Holidays, Celebrations and Traditions for the Whole Family, and founders of Green Halloween®.