Tuesday, February 14, 2017

DIY satin lined bonnet

Since multiple people in my house cover their hair at night with bonnets it's a lot easier to keep up with them having different colors. I've only ever found them in black at my local stores so I decided to take matters into my own hands and create our own. I've never been a fan of the band on the store bought ones either so I decided to skip the band all together and add in elastic. I was asked to show how I make them so here we go!

Materials needed: 
1 satin bonnet
1/4" elastic that will fit your head size plus 1 inch
1 fat quarter
(not pictured: scissors, sewing machine, seam ripper, needle and thread and stick pins)

Gather your materials and lets get started!

Step 1: Unpick the band from the bonnet using a seam ripper. If you cut the threads in the center as shown it'll unravel the serged seams.

Step 2: Iron your fat quarter and lay it RIGHT SIDE FACING UP. Lay your newly unpicked bonnet onto the fat quarter and pin the edges as shown. You will have one part that is bunched from a small seam in the bonnet. Flatten it as best you can. Either skip about a 2 inch gap or place pins horizontally to mark where you should begin and end your stitch. You need a gap to turn it inside out in the next step.

Step 3: Sew a seam 1/4" from the edge of the black bonnet. (I used white thread in these so you could see it better but matching thread is preferred.)

Step 4: Trim the fat quarter fabric.

Step 5: Stick your hand inside the hole and pull it right sides out. Place pins where the gap is for easy finding later. Once you've done this press the seams flat on the fat quarter side of the fabric. (Don't iron the heads of your pins!)

Step 6: Sew a 3/8" seam from the edge of the fabric leaving no gaps. This will be the casing for your elastic. If you are not confident in keeping your seam fairly straight, increase your seam to a 1/2".

Step 7: Take a small safety pin and pin it through the end of your elastic like so. Locate the opening where you placed your stick pin markers. You can now remove them and stick your safety pinned elastic in one side of the opening.

Step 8: Inch your elastic through the casing until you come out of the other side. Overlap your elastic ends about a 1/2" and sew with a zig zag stitch. 

Step 9: Pin your opening and sew it closed by either hand stitching or running it back through your sewing machine. I stitch mine closed with an invisible stitch like in this tutorial

Step 10: Admire your handy work! You just made yourself a functional and cute head covering!

If you have any questions, just shoot me a message and I'll be glad to try and answer them!

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