After seeing pictures and hearing about a coworker's new niece on the way, I spontaneously volunteered to make a baby bonnet for her. This offer enthusiastically accepted, I was faced with the prospect of fulfilling this obligation.
Step 1: pattern
There is a great baby bonnet pattern from Sew Mama Sew that I've made before and I love and I totally intend to deploy it for this project as well. I'll post the link in my followup post.
Step 2: fabric
Little girls need little girl fabric. I have around 4-5 boxes of fabric under my bed right now and none of it was appropriate. Then I'm walking past some bagged clothes intended for donation, and there on top is a pair of sleep shorts in a pretty lavender shade with butterflies and flowers all over it. Perfect! I'm currently unpicking all the seams to get a sense of how much fabric I have. I will have to do some piecing to get the right size sections, but I think it'll work out. I have plenty of white t-shirt fabric for lining and stiffer cotton woven fabric to use as a stiff inner layer. Yay for recycled fabric. And my coworker is excited about the eco-friendly use of fabric too, so win!
So I'm currently in Step 2, and since many of the seams were serged, it'll take a while to unpick them. But I think it will be worth it to have every speck of fabric, even if it just allows for seam allowance. Plus it allows me to save pieces I don't use for future projects. Zero waste is the goal. Re-using fabric is good for the environment and the wallet.
Pictures will follow.