Sew Beautiful Reversible Baby Bonnet Tutorial

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Martha Pullen and the incredibly talented VP of her company, Kathy McMakin, created today’s bonnet tutorial just for our Baby Shower festivities. We’re longtime fans of the Martha Pullen Co. & Sew Beautiful Magazine, and we hope you’ll take time to explore Martha’s site and newsletter. Both are full of sewing inspiration, excellent resources and so much more. We were so thrilled to be a part of the Sew Beautiful blog tour this summer, and couldn’t wait for another collaboration with these talented women! Today’s bonnet is a beautiful pairing of classic techniques and contemporary style; it’s sure to be a favorite baby gift.

You have the option to purchase a Bonnet Kit from Martha Pullen Co. which includes: 1/4 yard of 100% high quality cotton fabric (in gingham and a floral & white batiste for the lining), spaghetti bias, and picot-edge double fold bias binding. There are two colors available, Red Floral (K-SMS1R) or Green Floral (K-SMS1G), for $8 each.

Turn your sewing time into double the pleasure with this quick and simple reversible baby bonnet. Two coordinating fabrics and two unique trims are used in this “twice as nice” fashion topper whose turned back brim frames baby’s head ever so sweetly.

Reversible Baby Bonnet in Red

You’ll be finishing the edge of the brim with picot-edged bias which makes the process smooth and easy and gives the edge a bit of no extra fuss “frill” as well. Skinny tubes of fabric called spaghetti bias are used to draw the back casing closed and finish it with a bow. This will become one of those “go to” projects whenever you need a quick gift for a baby or two.

Back view of the bonnet.


  • 1/4 yard of fabric #1 (gingham)
  • 1/4 yard of fabric #2 (floral)
  • 1/4 yard of lining fabric (optional)
  • 15” of picot edge bias binding
  • 1/2 yard of spaghetti bias
  • Thread
  • Pins
  • Water-soluble fabric marker
  • Water-soluble glue pin (optional)
  • 3/4″ Fastturn (optional) or safety pen

* You can purchase a full Bonnet Kit in green or red from Martha Pullen Co.


1. Bonnet Base: Choose a size and cut one rectangle from fabric #1, fabric #2 and if needed, the optional lining. The lining will keep the two fabric patterns from shadowing through.

  • 3 mos: 8” x 13”
  • 6-12 mos: 9” x 14”

2. Ties: Cut two 3-1/2” x 20” from fabric #2.

All seams 1/4”
1. Fold each tie piece right sides together matching the edges.

Stitch along the long edge.

Leave the two short ends open.

2. Angle one end of each tie by folding the short unstitched edge to the stitched edge and finger press. Unfold and cut along the crease.

3. Stitch the angled edge and trim away some of the seam allowance at the point.

4. Turn each tie to the right side using the Fasturn or a large safety pen.

To use the Fastturn, insert the large tube into the open end of the tie. Insert the wire with the “pigtail” end into the tube.

Catch the end of the tie with the “pigtail” by turning the wire.

Pull the wire, pulling the tie through the inside of the tube. Poke out the point with a point turner or dull pointed object.

Press well. If a safety pen is used, pin through the seam allowance and push the pen through side of the tie, turning to the right side. Press well.

5. Fold and pin a pleat in the unfinished end of each tie. The pleated end should measure about 3/4”.

6. Place the lining, if used, on a flat surface. Place one of the bonnet base pieces on the lining right side up. Measure 1-1/4” down each short side and mark with a water-soluble marker. Pin the ties beneath the mark. The long end of the bonnet base closest to the ties is the front.

7. Place the second bonnet base, right side down, on top of the ties/first bonnet base. Match the edges and pin in place.

8. Stitch along the two short sides and across the back. Do not stitch across the front (the edge closest to the ties).

9. Clip the corners at the back.

10. Turn the bonnet to the right side through the front opening and press.

11. Fold the back edge 1/2” to one side. Press. Pin.
12. Allow the picot-edge double-fold bias binding to extend 1/2” beyond the bonnet sides. Trim away any excess.

13. Unfold one edge of the binding and place, right sides together, to the unfinished edge of the bonnet. Pin or glue in place with a water-soluble glue pen. Note: the glue in the glue pen is blue so it’s easy to see how much and where it’s applied but it dries clear. It also washes out easily with water.

14. Stitch the binding to the bonnet in the crease of the binding.

15. Finger press the binding away from the bonnet and fold the extended ends to the inside. Fold the binding over the raw edges of the bonnet to the previous stitching line.

Pin or glue…

…And topstitch in place along the folded edge.

16. Fold the front edge of the bonnet 1” to form the brim. Press.
17. Stitch the back casing in place along the inner edge. Backstitch at each end of the stitching.

18. Run the spaghetti bias through the casing. Tie each end into a knot. Even the ends of the spaghetti bias in the casing.

Find the center of the bonnet casing and stitch back and forth though the casing/spaghetti bias.

19. Gather the back of the bonnet and tie the spaghetti bias into a bow.

Side view of bonnet.

20. The brim can be flipped to the other side and worn in reverse.

Reversible Baby Bonnet in Green

Print this! A free printable just for you.

Download an set of printables for a baby shower, designed by Katie Van Sessen. Visit today’s free Takeaway post to download the PDF set.

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101 Responses to Sew Beautiful Reversible Baby Bonnet Tutorial

  1. Roberta says:

    What a gorgeous baby bonnet pattern. Thank you so very much!

  2. Thanks so much for loving the bonnet. I loved creating it for you! We are always trying to create things here at Martha Pullen Co. and Sew Beautiful Magazine that are quick to sew, but really cute, and some that look hard to sew, but once broken into steps are really easy! We enjoy writing those step-by-step directions. Y’all please come to see us at one of our events in Huntsville, AL or around the US. You are all invited – anytime!

  3. Marilyn in San Antonio, TX says:

    this is sew adorable…and…easy peasey, too. I will be making several of these for my first GREAT Grand-daughter who is four months old. Thank you for this tut.

  4. Caroline says:

    Thankyou so much for this beautiful bonnet pattern. I have just made it for my 4 month old grandaughter to match a little dress I also made last week. It truely is adorable & so quickly made. We live in New Zealand & love ‘sew mama sew’ & all their help & ideas.

  5. Lindsay says:

    I so need to make like 20 of these. You made them look so easy. My baby girl is due in Dec and it’s going to be chilly. She’ll so need bonnets for everyday! lol.

  6. Patty says:

    This is so adorable. What a great gift this will make.

  7. Sarah says:

    so so cute! I can’t wait to make this for my baby girl!

  8. So cute!

  9. tacey says:

    this was so easy to make the instructions were never better. i’ve made several for my up coming grandaughter in dec. thank you

  10. Anneliese says:

    That is so adorable! The baby pictures are breathtaking…!

  11. Tara says:

    Absolutely adorable…gonna have to make one for my niece.

  12. Marcia says:

    LOVE making baby things! This is a WONDERFUL pattern! Thank you so much for sharing. My kids are of childbearing ages, and while I’m not a grandmother yet, lots of their friends are having babies. This will become part of my gifting for sure.

  13. Rosa in The Antipodes says:

    Im wondering if I can make it a bit bigger for my 3 years old girl…It worth try, it is seriously cute!

  14. Christy says:

    This bonnet is super sweet – so is the belle Boo print

  15. Maytina says:

    This bonnet is so darling it hurts to look at! 19 months is way too old for bonnets unfortunately!

  16. Erin says:

    Oh goodness, bonnets are way too cute!

  17. susan alexander/wilson says:

    Exactly the pattern I needed. Thanks! And that Belle & Boo could be my daughter and her bunny. Too sweet.

  18. Stephanie says:

    I wish I had this 6 months ago! It’s so cute I think I’ll have to make it anyway.

  19. Mindy says:

    What a gorgeous bonnet! I can’t wait to try it!

  20. Martha says:

    This bonnet is so sweet! I love Belle and Boo and have always wanted one of these prints, I would love to win! What a treat!

  21. VickiT says:

    Such a wondeful bonnet. I have always LOVED Martha Pullen’s creations. They are just beautiful. I really wish I could afford to take her classes and that they were closer to me. I’ve heard so much good said about the instruction given in her classes.

  22. Jocelyn says:

    I love this bonnet. I will have to try it.
    That print is absolutely precious. I have to have it!

  23. Jennifer says:

    I LOVE the print. But the tutorial on the bonnet is wonderful and so detailed. Thank you so much. I have been looking all around for something like this. My friends baby girl is going in for surgery for scaphocephaly. She will wear a helmet after and I was really looking for something cute that I could make to help dress that helmet up. I think a couple of bonnets with some matching dresses or shoes will do the trick when they are looking for a change from stickers on the helmet. Thank you, thank you.

  24. Chris says:

    How adorable.

  25. Robyn Jordan says:

    Oh how darling. Will be making some for friends and my daughter wants to make one for her hope chest. Would love to win this.

  26. Papgena says:

    Great tutorial! the bonnet is just too cute!

  27. Wendy says:

    That is just gorgeous! I would love to make it for my niece!

  28. Susie says:

    Lovely tutorial – thank you! Now to find a lovely little girl to make it for.

  29. Linda says:

    I would love the win this bonnet kit in red for my twin granddaughter. She would be adorable in it. The sun’s glare always makes her squint in our hot Texas sun.

  30. Anny says:

    With four new grand-nieces this is perfect, but I need a pattern for my grandson and upcoming foster/adopt son so they won’t be left out πŸ™

  31. So adorable–my friend is having a baby girl in December and I think she’ll need one of these. Thanks for sharing!

  32. Amanda says:

    Best thing ever. I have SEVERAL little girl babies on the way from various friends and family! I’m going to get started right away!

  33. This is EXACTLY what I was looking for in looking for a bonnet to make my little girl on the way. I think there will be several of these coming out of my sewing room in the upcoming months!

  34. Valerie says:

    I will never buy shower gifts again! So sweet!

  35. Cecily says:

    How I wish I’d had this 18 months ago. I will definitely use this thanks.

  36. Heidi says:

    Great bonnet and cute baby too!

  37. Kristy says:

    So cute, I can’t wait to make this!

  38. Love the bonnet, can’t wait to make it

  39. love the bonnet and the Belle and Boo print and i know a little girl who would be adorable with both.

  40. Kelly says:

    What a gorgeous bonnet, such a shame that my girls are too big now πŸ™

  41. Linda says:

    The bonnet is so sweet. And so is the print! Thank you!

  42. Melanie T says:

    This would be wonderful as a silent auction item for our La Leche League of Wisconsin event coming up on November 5th. Thanks for the chance!

  43. Suzanne says:

    How adorable!! I love it! It has been bookmarked and on the list of things to make! Now to find the time!

  44. Karin says:

    I love that bonnet! It’s just adorable. Perfect for me new granddaughter. πŸ™‚ Thank you for the wonderful tutorial!

  45. I love Belle and Boo!! Thanks for the giveaway and the beautiful tutorial!

  46. Rebecca says:

    Lovely bonnet… and a great use for some leftover fabrics. Flannel on the inside might be nice for the cold autumns/springs up here in Chicago.

  47. Wehaf says:

    An adorable bonnet, an adorable set of printables, an adorable print. You are three for three today!

  48. Sharlene J says:

    What a quick and easy bonnet!! Thank you for all the great ideas.

  49. Carol Thomison says:

    This is so cute, and easy enough for most grandmas to make for the new one. LOVE IT

  50. katie says:

    Darling, would make such a cute gift! The Belle & Boo print so so sweet. As always thanks for the giveaway!

  51. brittany says:

    oh my! what a sweet little girl and a cute bonnet too!

  52. Rebecca says:

    What an adorable bonnet! I’m going to make a Christmas one for my neice… thanks for the ideas! XOXO

  53. Adorable and what a great use for small scraps and fat quarters!

  54. Genevieve says:

    Oh! It is so precious!!


  55. Jennifer says:

    I love that red bonnet! So perfect framing that tiny face.

  56. olivia says:

    Thank you!

  57. bonnie says:

    I have made lots of baby bonnets, but none were that easy.. Thanks for the great tutorial

  58. Jackie Woodlee says:

    I’m going to run and go through my “stash” right now. I have 3 baby gifts I need to do. I’ve been procrastinating, but I am ready now!! Thank you SO much for the tutorial!! Jackie Woodlee

  59. Ammie says:

    Thanks for the bonnet tutorial. It’s precious. I’ve looked at Sew Beautiful magazine before, and even lusted after it (especially issue 132), but I haven’t yet bought one. Now I know how to find it any time I want. πŸ™‚

  60. Colleen says:

    Adorable! I love love it! Thanks for the tutorial.

  61. Staci Avison says:

    This is just so adorable! Is it too late to make one for my 3 year old girl? πŸ™‚

  62. Lisa Marie says:

    The fabric is fantastic. Love the cinching in the back.

  63. Loretta says:

    How sweet! I can’t wait to make this as a set with a baby dress.

  64. kate C. says:

    Neat tutorial! I’ll have to try it for my next baby girl gift!

  65. Morgan says:

    Oh my goodness! This makes me want a baby in my arms right now to put a bonnet on! πŸ™‚

  66. tessa says:

    that looks so easy, yet so effective – love it!

  67. Marcia W. says:

    This is so adorable. The little draw circle trim for the bonnet back is cute.

  68. Serena says:

    The red bonnet is just about the sweetest baby bonnet I’ve ever seen!

  69. ~Helena~ says:

    Such a wonderful tute, love the bonnet. Can’t wait to make one.

  70. I love the bonnet!

  71. Tara Nash says:

    I love the bonnet! Thank you for the tutorial!

  72. This is too cute! I have never seen the “picot-edge double-fold bias” before – I will have to keep my eye out for it. I will just have to settle for regular bias tape until then πŸ™‚

  73. starjumper says:

    this is soooo cute! but none of my friends and family are having girls πŸ™ someone has to have a girl so i can try this out!!!

  74. what an absolutely adorable bonnet! Love it!

  75. Mandy says:

    That is so cute! I have been wanting to make a bonnet.

  76. Kimberly says:

    Gorgeous! Thank you, Martha. I love Sew Beautiful.

  77. Laura says:

    Such a sweet bonnet! Very vintage looking πŸ™‚ Thanks for the tutorial!

  78. Chris says:

    Oh, I wish I’d found this kind of stuff when my girls were smaller! Hmmm, I will have to hope for another niece to be born to make one of these.

  79. FP Wear says:

    Martha Pullen’s stuff is always lovely, but I’m completely taken with the Belle & Boo print. Would make a great big sister gift.

  80. Michelle says:

    I love this bonnet! I recently saw this on someone’s blog and was hoping that there would be a “how-to”….now if only I had a girl πŸ™‚

  81. Katherine Armstrong says:

    Oooh, I *love* the Bell & Boo prints! Thanks for the tutorial too, looks like a great shower gift!

  82. Addy says:

    Wow! So many nice things! Thank you! Can’t wait to try the bonnet!

  83. Rochelle says:

    This little bonnet is so cute. What a great baby gift, as you can never have too many of these in the summer!

  84. Abby K. says:

    Wow! What a great idea and tutorial! I can’t wait to try this. *bookmark~bookmark~bookmark!*

  85. Alethea says:

    Aww, so pretty! I wonder if I could get my baby girl to wear one without pulling it off her head!

  86. Annie says:

    I love it! Thanks so much for the tutorial.

    My brother and sister-in-law are having a little baby girl in December, and this print would be so sweet in her nursery.

  87. JaiCi says:

    How cute is that?!?!?!

  88. Kelly W says:

    Wonderful tutorial…thanks for sharing. Since I’m having another boy, will have to find a girl to make this for!

  89. Julie Phillips says:

    What a darling bonnet! And the print is sweet too!

  90. Christina says:

    Great modern take on the baby bonnet.

  91. Katie R says:

    Ah! Such a sweet little bonnet! I am bookmarking this for a Christmas bonnet to fit my youngest daughter. So darling!

  92. Kelly says:

    I love this tutorial. With a new niece in the family I’ll be using it for a Christmas gift!

    laterbetty at gmail dot com

  93. jes says:


  94. JulieAnn says:

    Great tutorial! I can’t wait to make one for my daughter – and as gifts! Thank you πŸ™‚

  95. Liz says:

    Gorgeous tutorial! That will come in handy around Easter time.

  96. Karen says:

    How cute is this! I have three friends who are pregnant; two know they are having girls and the other is waiting to find out. This is a perfect item to make as a gift. Thanks!

  97. Tammy says:

    Oh goodness! That’s adorable! It’s too bad that my daughter is too old for bonnets! She had so many cute bows, but never any bonnets!

  98. Kim Martin says:

    so sweet!

  99. Liz says:

    The Belle & Book print is adorable! This would be great in my daughters room πŸ™‚

  100. Susan C. says:

    Oh my gosh – this is adorable! Thank you for sharing!

  101. tricotaria says:

    This baby bonnet is sooooo cute! And with this grat tutorial it seem easy to do. Thanks!!!

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