Bella's Vintage Smocked Bonnet Pattern - Preemie - 3t

Bella's Vintage Smocked Bonnet Pattern - Preemie - 3t



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This is the sweetest bonnet that you could put on a baby! Inspired by vintage styles, this brimmed bonnet frames the baby's face as well as keeps the sun out of her eyes. It is precious on babies as well as baby dolls! This heirloom, smocked bonnet would be beautiful with a Christening or dedication gown.

The pattern offers options for a fully smocked insert with bias band details for the more experienced seamstress or a quicker and easier to sew style with only a few rows smocked at the bonnet brim and a casing with ribbon at the back. This bonnet will complete the beautiful heirloom, smocked dresses in baby’s wardrobe! The open back with ties allows for longer wearing while showing wisps of precious baby hair. The bonnet brim can be embellished with hand or machine embroidery, or left plain.

There are a total of 4 sizes and 2 styles included in the pattern as well as a smocking graph for each size - Preemie/Doll, NB - 6mo., 1 - 2t, and 2 - 3t. The 2 styles includes a quicker an easier bonnet, unlined and with a casing closure for the back and less smocking and a more advanced style with more smocking, bias band treatments and can be either lined or not lined.

This makes a wonderful baby gift and is a precious compliment to a special outfit. With the sizes included, there's an appropriate size for all babies and toddlers! The pattern also fits and looks adorable on dolls. It is pictured on the American Girl Bitty baby (pink outfit) as well as a Lee Middleton doll (white outfit) and will fit similarly sized dolls.

The bonnet can be made in batiste, broadcloth, cotton lawn, pima cotton, silk dupioni or other similar weight fabrics.

Smocking instructions are not included. A knowledge of smocking is required in order to smock the bonnet and sewing knowledge is required to construct the bonnet. A pleater or iron on dots (Knott's dots) are needed to pleat the fabric piece that will be smocked.

This is a digital PDF pattern for sewing and smocking the bonnets. The pattern and instructions are a download and can be printed on a home printer. Nothing will be sent out via mail. The pattern will be available as a digital download from your Etsy Purchases as soon as payment has cleared.

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The finished bonnets are not included. The dresses on the dolls and the dolls are for props only and are not included in the pattern. The pattern for the pink outfit is available in another listing and is sized for Preemie babies (5 lb.) or dolls.

The pattern can be printed on regular 8-1/2" x 11" printer paper. It is suggested that you print the pattern pages and view the sewing instructions online so that you can zoom in on the detailed pictures. A PDF reader is required to view and print the files, such as Adobe Reader or Preview for Mac. DO NOT DOWNLOAD OR PRINT FROM A PHONE OR TABLET. A printer is required to print the pattern pages.

Because the digital nature of this pattern, no refunds are given. As with all PDF patterns, file sharing is not allowed and violates copyright laws. You are buying one pattern for your personal use.


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179 reviews 5 out of 5 stars


JuJu Higgins Jul 27, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

Beautiful pattern. Making a couple now!!

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alice foster Oct 8, 2019

5 out of 5 stars

This is such a sweet bonnet. Trudy does beautiful designs. I love her work.

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Donna Stritzke Oct 2, 2019

5 out of 5 stars

Really unique with the smocking. Enjoyed making the pattern.

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Diane Polley Jun 17, 2019

5 out of 5 stars

I love this bonnet pattern.

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