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How To Sew Bonnets For Your
To create a porcelain doll
bonnet, first determine the size of your doll
head. Once you have the size you will need
materials. You can use wire to mould your
bonnet if it is less than 10 inches. You can
use any type of material you choose to make
your bonnet, including batiste.
The materials you will need
are 6 inches of fabric (white), such as the
batiste. You will need a couple of edge laces,
say around 2 1/2 yards and 1/2 inches of lace
edge. Gather 36 inches of smooth craft wire.
You will need 28 inches of dual side rayon
fabric, such as satin ribbons and a set of wire
cutters, and pliers with a long muzzle. Once
you gather your materials, you can start your
methods in creating your bonnet.
You will need art paper to
create your patterns. Once you finish you will
carve two sou' westers: (i.e. bonnets) you
should have two rows of lace, which one is on
top and the other. Once you have your patterns
make a wavy edge forming the scallop near the
lace edge and continue to the middle of your
Stitch together the right
side and form a straight-line stitch to lace
the edges in order and to connect to the edges
of the neck and the edges at the top. To show
lace when the bonnet is turned, the lace should
jut out over your seams at the finish of your
Now, use your lining and
place it over your sou' wester and begin
stitching it collectively over the prior stitch
lines to the edges of the neck and edge of the
crown. Leave open your ends, turn your bonnet
at the inner recesses, and out so that the lace
shows at the crown edges and neck, and then
Use your pattern and stitch
along the lines. You want to create a cover for
Next, sew one more edge of
lace underneath the hat on the left side and
continue to the right. Stitch in the direction
of your line and cover near the edges of your
Stitch your wavy lines at
the crown into the lace and continue to the
Now you will need to cut the
ends of your hat. Use your wire cutters and cut
along the lines of your wire so that it fits 11
inches of the edges of your crown.
The last edge of your crown
will need 8 1/2 inches of wire. The center
should be 7 1/2 inches and the edges of the
neck should be 7 inches. About 1/4 inch, curve
the ends of your wire.
Next, weave your wire into
the covers evenly at one finish of your
untreated edges. Bend the wire 1/4 inch with
your pliers and another quarter over until the
wire is secured.
Pull up your fabric at the
edges of the crown, including the other crown
edge and add your wire to the center and at the
edges of the neck wire.
The wire will extend to the
other finish area, which you will need to trim
the curved ends once you check to make sure
that the area is balance.
You want to avoid allowing
the wire to ride to the cover.
Next, bend the wires 1/4
inch twice and secure your ends.
You want to even your
decorative fabric edgings, which once your
bonnet is completed you can trim your ribbon,
creating dual 14 inch lengthwise cuts and fix
your ribbon to the side of the hat.
If you would like additional
designs, such as the rose-shaped badge
(Rosette) you will need to use rose grubs and
embroider them onto the ribbons.