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DIY flower bonnet tutorial for baby photography (no sew)

Flowers and babies are a perfect match. I love the simple and minimalist style but adding a little something to enhance the baby’s beauty is a great idea.

You must have been wondering how these beautiful flower-garden-looking bonnets are made. Well, it’s not at all difficult and even doesn’t require sewing. Moreover, we only decorate the front part and leave the rest alone.

After having not a very good experience with a bonnet from Etsy (the fit was really awful) I decided to make it myself. A flower bonnet with a perfect fit and ideal for baby photography.

The right fit was a priority. Babies move, turn their heads and the bonnet should stay in place at the photo session.

Lots of flower bonnet tutorials use felt sheets as a base. I prefer having a knitted bonnet rather than a felt sheet because it fits better and looks better.

So to make this flower bonnet you only need to know how to knit (just the basics). Other than that this tutorial is no sew.

You will need: a hot glue gun, yarn, needles, some ribbon, pins, flowers, and creativity. Let’s get started.

I was inspired by the autumn colours. It was real fun to combine the textures and colours.

I bought the flowers in Michael’s.

I chose Sirdar Big Softie yarn as I needed something thick and sturdy as a base. The size is for a 7-months-old baby. Approximately. It will fit a smaller baby and an older baby too.

  • Knit a rectangular 10 cm in length and 30 cm in width. Then decrease for 4 stitches every other row until you reached 14 cm in length. Then secure. Basic knit and purl.
  • Now simply insert a piece of yarn all the way along the short side and then pull the two ends together. Secure. This is the back of the bonnet. Now you can see the bonnet shape.
  • Take the silk flowers and arrange them the way you like to get an idea about your future bonnet.

  • I used real silk for decoration and bonnet ribbons. You can use any fabric. I love how silk is draping and looks. So make a cut (app. 5 cm) and tear the fabric along the long side.

  • Secure the ribbon with pins.

  • I used a hot glue gun to glue the edge of the ribbon to the bonnet. I also glued between the ruffles to help them say in place.
flower bonnet tutorial

The silk ribbon is glued.

  • Start to glue the flowers. Working from the center. The largest flowers first.
flower bonnet tutorial
DIY flower bonnet for photography

Making sure the view from behind is nice too. 🙂 You can use a small ball or a jar to secure the bonnet when gluing flowers.

  • The bonnet is almost ready. Just the ribbon for ties needs to be added. I glued them to the inner sides.
Flower bonnet tutorial
Flower bonnet tutorial

  • View from behind. Adding flowers to cover the stems.
diy flower bonnet

Here is the beautiful DIY flower bonnet in autumn tones. And what colours will you choose? 🙂

flower bonnet tutorial no sew
Orange flower bonnet

I hope you liked my no sew flower bonnet tutorial. Comment below if you have any questions.

Now find a cute baby and create!

Baby in a flower bonnet

Love, Anna

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