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Want to look like you just stepped out of the pages of a Jane Austen novel? Want something totally unique that you create yourself? This kit contains everything you need to make your own Regency era poke bonnet. Although it was designed with the English Regency in mind, this bonnet would also make a lovely accompaniment for an early Victorian or American Civil War costume.
Start by sizing the tan brim to fit your head. Then gather a piece of rich striped ivory brocade to make a soft crown. Add a ivory decorative braid, and bias-cut taupe taffeta around the edge. Top it all with a decorative ivory and gold button and finish it off with ivory grosgrain ribbons and a removable bow and feather accent for a totally custom bonnet that you made entirely yourself. Step-by-step instructions are easy to follow, and no machine sewing and very little hand sewing is required. Add your own flowers or embellishments to make it even more unique. It would look especially nice when trimmed with one of my ribbon rose brooches.
This bonnet packs flat, so it is perfect for out-of-town picnics and Jane Austen conventions (remember, JASNA members, it’s not too early to start thinking about Minneapolis in September).

If you are interested in ready-to-wear bonnets, or want to start with a ready-made bonnet and decorate it yourself, check out my other listings. I would also be happy to create a custom bonnet or kit in your colors.

Kit Contains:
Tan straw-like brim
Multi-size Pattern
Ivory brocade for crown (pre-serged on edges to prevent fraying)
Decorative ivory and gold button for top
Bias-cut taupe taffeta strip for outer edge of brim
Bias-cut taffeta strip for inner edge of brim
Braided ivory trim for crown
Ivory grosgrain ribbons for ties
Lace and grosgrain ribbon for bow
Various feathers in ivory and tan
Pin back
Complete step-by-step instructions

The last picture shows a finished bonnet made from one of my kits.

NOTE: In order to cut shipping costs, the brim is rolled to fit in a smaller box. Please open as soon as it arrives and allow the brim a day or so to flatten out.

I have a PDF epattern tutorial for making your own bonnet as well.

I also have a Regency reticule and reticule kit which would match this bonnet beautifully.

I have a velvet capelet which would match this too.

All of my shipping prices are based on regular mail. If you need an item shipped quickly, contact me before you purchase and I will set up a reserved listing with expedited shipping. Cheers!

Frequently asked questions about RoyalHouseOfWhimsy

The best way to measure your head is to go across your forehead and just above your ears. You want to measure around the largest part of the head.
I accept returns. Please contact me before sending an item back. Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value. There is a 50% restocking fee for returns on custom made items. There is a 25% restocking fee for costume items purchased during September and October and returned after Halloween.
I can ship to any country, but it is the buyer's responsibility to find out about any fees, import taxes, or regulations regarding importing (this especially applies to feathers). I do not know the laws or import fees for each county and can't be held responsible for policies set by your government.
Shipping varies by destination, with shipments to some counties taking two to three weeks to arrive. Sometimes packages are held at local post offices and customers must pick them up in person and pay an import tax. This varies by country. Sometimes your post office notifies you and sometimes they don't. It is a good idea to track the package yourself (go to the You section of Etsy, select Purchases and Reviews, and hit the Track Package button) and check with your post office when you see that it has arrived. I have no control over this and can't help if your post office holds your package or charges a fee.
Priority Mail and Express Mail (both domestic and international) include insurance. First Class Mail (both domestic and international) does not. If you are worried that your package may not arrive safely, please choose a mail option with insurance. I am not responsible for lost packages once they have been accepted by the US Postal Service.

Bonnet Kit- DIY- Ivory and Tan


  • Handmade Supply
  • Materials: brocade, straw, ribbons, taffeta, satin, button, feathers, braided trim
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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