UrbanBabyBonnets

hip sun bonnets, ear hats and caps for BOYS & GIRLS

Yellow Springs, Ohio · 3190 Sales

UrbanBabyBonnets

hip sun bonnets, ear hats and caps for BOYS & GIRLS

Yellow Springs, Ohio 3190 Sales On Etsy since 2008

5 out of 5 stars
(952)

Announcement   Go ahead, go GAGA! Our hats are crowd-stoppingly cute, but they aren't *just* cute... they WORK! ! With adjustable straps & truly substantial protection from the elements, they'll shade your little ones from the sun, stay on their heads & add a bit of funky fashion flair to their wardrobes! For BOYS and GIRLS!

Often *imitated* but never duplicated in style, functionality, fabric design or craftsmanship, the ub2 bonnets are fun, funky, functional, fashionable, fantastic! DEMAND THE ORIGINAL! They really are the best. Check our feedback.

The UB2 bonnet offers impeccable quality and a distinctly original design. Want to know more? See my shop policies.

Read about the UB2 installation art project in the PROFILE & SHOP POLICIES! Join the growing & worldwide cadre of UB2 fans!

WHOLESALE ORDERS WELCOME; follow us on TWITTER, INSTAGRAM, PINTREST, and FACEBOOK

*we are a pet-friendly studio*

international customers please note: you will be responsible for any duties or taxes imposed by your country.

Want to know what my customers have to say? Check my feedback!

(c) 2008-17; read more about copyrights in the FAQ. I am a TRADE FRIENDLY shop... if price is truly an issue, please CONVO me.

Announcement

Last updated on Jan 12, 2017

Go ahead, go GAGA! Our hats are crowd-stoppingly cute, but they aren't *just* cute... they WORK! ! With adjustable straps & truly substantial protection from the elements, they'll shade your little ones from the sun, stay on their heads & add a bit of funky fashion flair to their wardrobes! For BOYS and GIRLS!

Often *imitated* but never duplicated in style, functionality, fabric design or craftsmanship, the ub2 bonnets are fun, funky, functional, fashionable, fantastic! DEMAND THE ORIGINAL! They really are the best. Check our feedback.

The UB2 bonnet offers impeccable quality and a distinctly original design. Want to know more? See my shop policies.

Read about the UB2 installation art project in the PROFILE & SHOP POLICIES! Join the growing & worldwide cadre of UB2 fans!

WHOLESALE ORDERS WELCOME; follow us on TWITTER, INSTAGRAM, PINTREST, and FACEBOOK

*we are a pet-friendly studio*

international customers please note: you will be responsible for any duties or taxes imposed by your country.

Want to know what my customers have to say? Check my feedback!

(c) 2008-17; read more about copyrights in the FAQ. I am a TRADE FRIENDLY shop... if price is truly an issue, please CONVO me.

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Reviews

Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(952)
Lauren O'Brien

Lauren O'Brien on May 27, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

We love the new hat, it is the first one we can keep on his head and he seems to love it. Bonus points for being both super cute and wonderful for protecting him from the sun! Great service and communication.

Megan Blue

Megan Blue on May 24, 2017

5 out of 5 stars

This was the bonnet I had UB2 make for my 2 year old daughter! It's adorable! We have the Starry Eyed ready to gift to a friend's son who will be turning 1. Can't wait for them to be as excited as I was!!

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Updates

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About

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!

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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

    Maker

    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

    Maker

    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!

  • lisa rondeau

    Maker

    Lisa works at home while raising three kids & taking care of her elderly mother. She makes almost all of our dresses. She loves sewing them because her handiwork allows her to add in little touches of love that make all the difference!

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

More information

Last updated on Jan 12, 2017
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.