I really wanted to finish this baby bonnet, not only because it is promised to someone else and I hate to drag my feet on things like that, but because it is such an easy project that it is reliable gratification. To recap, I offered to make a baby bonnet for a coworker who is expecting a new niece any day now. I used a tutorial from Sew Mama Sew that I have used before with adorable results.
Since I've been on a re-use kick lately, I decided to reuse some fabric I had around. A pair of sleep shorts with a cute butterfly and flower pattern was the lucky donor. I'm glad I left the center serged seams in place because I would have needed to piece the fabric anyway. I don't have a serger so I would have been duplicating work. After carefully deconstructing the garment to save as much as I could, I got to work. The bonnet has three layers. The outer layer is the butterfly fabric. There is a hidden inner layer of a thicker cotton weave to give the bonnet a bit of stability since the outer layer is a worn thinner cotton and the innermost layer is a white cotton t-shirt knit. Also recycled, but with no body of its own. I wanted something soft for against the baby's head. The ties are also t-shirt fabric for this reason.
So without further ado, here are the last few stages in pictures.
Once that was done (correctly) the next stage was trimming them front edge. Last time I made this bonnet I was able to just use some wide lavender ribbon from my stash and call it a day. Unfortunately that ribbon doesn't match this fabric. The client wanted white trim anyway, but luckily I had some white bias tape in my stash as well. Bring much narrower than the ribbon, I had to sew it on carefully in two steps. I sewed it on one side to the inside of the bonnet, then folded it over the raw edge and sewed down through all the layers.
Here it is with the brim forward: