Yellow Springs, Ohio


UPF 50+ sun hats. No slathering necessary! Made in USA

Yellow Springs, Ohio | On Etsy since 2008

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UrbanBabyBonnets is taking a short break


Note from shop owner Hey! Happy holidays! 🎅🎄 We’re on a little hiatus while we celebrate the holidays and the end of 2020 🎉 with our COVID-19 🦠 tested and negative family. ;-) If you need a hat in the meantime, we’re still shipping some orders over at our website— urbanbabybonnets.com. Some items won’t be able to ship until the new year— convo or send us a message to check on your choices. Thank you so much for your interest and support! Happy holidays to you and your family! ~Colette

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Dec 15, 2020

Hey! Happy holidays! 🎅🎄 We’re on a little hiatus while we celebrate the holidays and the end of 2020 🎉 with our COVID-19 🦠 tested and negative family. ;-) If you need a hat in the meantime, we’re still shipping some orders over at our website— urbanbabybonnets.com. Some items won’t be able to ship until the new year— convo or send us a message to check on your choices. Thank you so much for your interest and support! Happy holidays to you and your family! ~Colette

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About UrbanBabyBonnets

Sales 4,121
On Etsy since 2008

lovingly handmade & totally heirloom quality

The Urban Baby Bonnet project is the brainchild of artist and mom Colette Palamar.

Colette's daughter, Sabine, was born in early October 2007. And the search was on for a perfect hat. Colette tried knit caps-- these were great in winter but still did not keep the sun off of Sabine's face. Sun hats seemed to have brims that were too floppy and were always covering her eyes and making her cry. Bucket hats were another choice, but these seemed to "ride" down the front of her face, especially if she was being carried in a sling or baby carrier.

One afternoon, Sabine's great-grandmother, Ada, came over with a special gift for Sabine-- a little bonnet that she made. It was adorable-- featuring a black retro floral fabric and long strap ties. But, it was too small. Although she asked Ada to make another, larger hat, Colette couldn’t wait—she was on a mission.

After looking at some commercial baby bonnets, and determining the features she liked and did not like, Colette designed her own pattern for Sabine's first real bonnet. She went to her fabric stash & found 4 fabrics that she loved. After a few hours of hard work, Colette completed what has become the *UB2* signature bonnet-- the Vines & Goldenrod. Colette tried it on Sabine, and it was perfect! The bonnet was a hit everywhere they went. Colette describes how she went from making a special hat for her daughter to making baby bonnets that have dazzled the world: “People were constantly stopping me, raving about how cute the bonnet was, and asking me where I got it! And I thought, if this many people love the hat, maybe I should make a few to sell!” And just that quickly, *UB2* was BORN!

Soon after that first bonnet, Colette quickly became an expert seamstress and was creating literally hundreds of bonnets in her living room using two machines-- a 5-thread Janome serger and a Shark Euro-Pro sewing machine. In just a few months, expansion of the project required a business license and wholesale fabric purchases.

The bonnets continued to attract attention everywhere, and her local sales to boutiques began to grow quickly. While Colette loved designing and sewing the bonnets, she soon began to wonder how this new bonnet work fit into her previous fine art projects as a painter, sculptural ceramicist, and installation artist. She wondered how this work fit into her educational background in art, philosophy, and environmental studies (she has an MFA and a PhD). As it happens with all of her art projects, the rationale emerged in a flash of inspiration. One day, it just dawned on her: the bonnets ARE an art project!! And this brought the project proper into existence. Just a few days later, she wrote the project statement and set about learning how to make the bonnets even more available. That's when she found etsy, an on-line arts & crafts site. Essentially, the *UB2* Project joins Colette's experience with color from her work as a painter, her sculptural abilities honed by her work as a ceramicist & installation artist, and her philosophical expertise from her work with phenomenology and aesthetics.

Since the inauguration of the project, the bonnets found their way all around the world to Italy, Sweden, France, England, Germany, Australia, Canada, South Korea, Thailand, Egypt, Greece, Norway, Puerto rice, Cyprus, Japan, Ireland, and Singapore, and New Zealand, among many others. Colette’s ultimate goal is to bring a bright spot of artist-designed color to people's everyday lives.

All of our bonnets are handmade by the members of the Urban Baby Bonnet Collective Shop. You can read more about the role that each member plays on the right hand side of this page (just hover over the photos to learn more). And of course, everything is made right here in Ohio. All seams are professionally finished, and everything is triple checked for quality. These bonnets are DURABLE and will easily last through several kids. Colette has a few fabric combinations intended for both boys & girls-- so the bonnets really can be passed between kids. In fact, Colette hopes that the bonnets will become heirloom items for many people-- existing as one of the few treasured items saved in hope chests for grandchildren-to-be. She hopes that the project will transcend generations. The *UB2* bonnets truly are “a postmodern twist on an heirloom classic! ℠

*UB2* bonnets are THE go-to baby gift. They work for boys and girls and in rear and front facing carriers and slings. When the brim is out, they allow discrete breastfeeding, and prevent the necessity of using chemical sunscreens on baby’s delicate facial skin. They’re reversible, machine washable, and super-cute. One customer described the bonnets as having a “my-mom-is-super-hip” vibe. *UB2* bonnets are fun, funky, functional, and fashionable!

Shop members

  • Colette

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    Colette is the owner, designer & creative director at Urban Baby Bonnets. She does all of the product design, all fabric pairings, most photos, most digital, print & website design, all product copy, some sewing and all customer service.

  • hwa cha walti


    Hwa Cha has been sewing for most of her life. She does almost all of the sewing for Urban Baby Bonnets. She makes all of the modCaps, some dresses, most modBonnets, ecoBonnets, solBonnets, and skiBonnets. She's passionate about her work!

  • jen walti


    Jen is Hwa Cha's daughter and together they make a FABULOUS team. Jen cuts the fabric, applies the snaps, labels and attaches tags, counts the hats, and double checks each one for quality. They're both delighted to be able to work together!

Production partners

  • work-at-home women

    OH, United States

    we work with work at home women because it helps us support our local community and it gives real income to women who choose to work from home. we're proud of this connection & think it is evidence of our dedication to local economic sustainability.

  • work at home women

    OH, United States

    I chose to work with work-at-home women because it gives me an opportunity to provide meaningful and well paid work for women who prefer to work from their home. I love the relationships I am able to build with these women!

Shop policies

Last updated on January 30, 2020
We want you to love your UB2! All of our hats are guaranteed against manufacturing defects for life. If you ever have a problem, just send a convo. We will do whatever we can to make sure you're happy. Please be nice, though, and remember that shop owners have feelings, too. <3 <3 <3

Accepted payment methods

Paypal Mastercard Visa American Express Discover Apple Pay Klarna Giftcard
Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept exchanges
Contact me within: 7 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept returns or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Items on sale
Returns and exchange details
I gladly accept returns within 14 days of receipt. The item must be received back to use within 30 days. Original shipping charges are NOT refundable. If you receive Free Shipping the original shipping costs incurred by us ($8) will be deducted from your refund. Contact us for an RMA and return instructions. Buyer pays for return shipping.

I gladly accept exchanges within 30 days. We can send a pre-paid label for exchanges. Contact us for an RMA and exchange instructions.

If an exchange eventually turns into a return, ALL shipping costs we incurred will be deducted from your refund. Cost of shipping may vary.
once shipped, an order cannot be cancelled.

taxes are assessed in Ohio.

our privacy policy is identical to etsy's policy.
I ship usually within 3-5 business days, often sooner. If you need a hat FAST, please let me know and I will do whatever I can to make it happen! We usually use USPS First Class. If you need something different, please let me know.
Additional policies and FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions:

Do you sell wholesale?
Yes, I love to begin relationships with new boutiques! I have a great wholesale package. Just CONVO me, give me your Tax ID number, and we can set up an order that works for you! We offer wholesale through a partner site-- if you convo me, I can send you an invite that will give you Net 60 terms as well as (if you're new to the platform) a $100 credit and free shipping for a full year.

Do you have pets?
Yes! We love animals and have dogs. They are not permitted access to areas where work is happening, but we do love them, and sometimes their hair is on our clothing... and from time to time, an errant hair may escape to a bonnet. If you are very sensitive to pet hair, please let us know and/or please launder your bonnet before wearing it.

Where are your hats made?
Our hats are sewn by work-at-home women in their homes. We do not use deodorants or perfumes. We do not launder fabrics before using them. Because hats are made in people's homes, they often do not smell like typical unwashed commercial fabrics, but can carry different scents. If you are very sensitive to scents, please let me know.

Finally, I am not otherwise employed... this is not a hobby, it's my full-time work. I love what I do, and think I am very lucky to be able to be a work-at-home mom, but I am also trying to support myself and my two children on the income I make here and from my wholesale accounts. I do know that hobbyists can charge less for a similar product... but the *UB2* bonnets are second to none and are the best quality hat you can purchase. I am SO sure that you'll LOVE your bonnet (and find it worth the price) that I guarantee all of my work 100%.

Can you send a gift card with my bonnet?
Yes! Just let me know in the notes to seller that you're sending this as a gift and I will be happy to include a little card.

Any other questions? Just convo me! :-)

More information

Last updated on Jan 29, 2020
Frequently asked questions
Custom and personalized orders

Yes, we make custom hats-- please purchase the custom listing in our shop. If you can dream it, we can make it happen. Please note that custom items cannot be returned or exchanged.

Sizing details

our bonnets come in 6 sizes. our smallest size fits most newborns and our largest size fits most kids ages 4 and up-- and adults! the best and most reliable way to size a bonnet for your darlin' guy or gal is to measure their head circumference. this is the same measurement that the pediatrician will do when your child is very small. if you have a flexible measuring tape, use that. if not, just get a piece of string. wrap the tape or string loosely around the widest part of your little one's head. this will be across the forehead and around the widest part of the back of the head. choose the size with the CLOSEST measurement. Don't size up, our hats run large.

Care instructions

although it's best to wash your bonnet by hand and line dry it (or dry it flat on top of your washer or dryer), you can toss it into the machine with your other wash and it'll do just fine. wash only using COLD WATER, and if you place the hat in the dryer, dry it on low. use a warm, cotton-setting, steam iron to press your bonnet if necessary. we like to dry out hats flat because it saves energy and they don't need to be pressed. they'll have a softened, worn look as opposed to a crisp press, but that's what we (personally) prefer. if you love the crisp press, just run a steam iron over the bonnet when it's slightly damp or spritz it & press. usually pressing the back of the bonnet and the brim will polish it up nicely.

A Correct Fit?

a UB2 bonnet should fit your little one snugly on his or her head, comfortably under the chin (using one OR two snaps), while still giving good coverage and shading in the back and fully covering the ears-- all the way to the bottom of the ear lobes. If the straps are too short to fasten, then the bonnet is too small. the pictures on our site show the proper bonnet fit. If your bonnet does not fit, please contact us right away. we normally allow one free re-ship (within the US; international customers will need to pay shipping charges) for sizing issues as long as you still have all the tags and have not washed the bonnet. we truly want you to LOVE your UB2 and will do what it takes to make that happen!

other questions?

contact us. we love to talk.

What about refunds on items shipped with Free Shipping?

We are happy to accept exchanges at any time. However, if you place an order and then seek a refund, we are unable to refund the original shipping costs. These costs are $8 per order. Thus, expect to see a refund of the purchase price less the $8 shipping costs. There are no exceptions to this policy.