Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Easter Bonnet

A few years ago, my future daughter in law asked if I could make an Easter hat for her to wear in the school parade. She's a kindergarten teacher at a private school and wanted a special hat to wear with her class in the parade. Of course I said "YES!" and we looked at repurposing one of my Mom's old sun hats.

I was so excited to begin the project but a bit concerned because I didn't have an idea of how the bonnet should look. I grabbed the chosen hat and hopped into the car and off to Joann's Fabric I went! I wandered up and down each aisle with hat in hand looking at fabric and then at silk flowers, and began to have the glimmer of an idea, but first I wanted to look at Michael's floral and ribbon departments before making a final decision. The flowers were much better at Michael's but I didn't like their ribbon. (It's a good thing the stores were only a couple of miles apart, because I headed back to Joann's for fabric.) The old Joann's store was closing, and pickings were a bit slim, but I finally selected a periwinkle polyester lining fabric for the band, then drove back to Michael's one last time to coordinate the flowers with the fabric.

I made a tube out of the fabric to create a giant "ribbon", then pinned it around the hat band area and hand tacked it in place on the inside. A soft knot was tied in the back so the tails can drape down. Each flower was hand sewn in place. (Glue can sometimes release with time and this hat was created to last for many years.) I was so pleased with the way it turned out and my future daughter in law was ecstatic.

(Click on the pictures to enlarge them.)



A back view...



Pretty cool, huh? I surprise myself sometimes! ☺

21 comments:

dollystar said...

here everything is beautiful and wonderful, congratulations
Dolly

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Diane, what a lucky girl your d-i-l is to have such a creative and kind m-i-l. This hat is beautiful, and I'm sure she was the grandest lady in the Easter parade! laurie

Foley said...

What a gorgeous Easter bonnet! I'd agree you did a very good job..I'm sure your DIL will have many years of use and having you make it for her makes it that much more special!

Joycee said...

Diane, loved this post and the next with the FUNNY pictures of animals! I see you have a Cocker Spaniel too, I did a post today about ours! Come visit me at http://grannymountain.blogspot.com
Joycee

Mrs. B. Silly said...

You really know how to solve any dilemma. I imagine your DIL is the star of the parade. I'd love to see a photo of her in her bonnet if she'd be willing to pose. She's awfully lucky to have such a talented MIL!
Happy Easter, Bridget

Missy said...

Beautiful bonnet! You are very talented! Just a thought, I read your comment on once in a blue moon's blog about wishing that you had pursued a career with animals...My stepmom is a retired school teacher and loves animals (she has 5 dogs and 6 cats). She volunteers her time to a pet rescue, and absolutely loves it. Maybe you would enjoy something like that? I am also an animal lover (2 dogs, 4 cats) and I am a pet groomer!
Missy

Smilingsal said...

I'll bet that she was the hit of the entire school!

ann said...

this is beautiful.i wouldn't know where to start.you did great girl.i'll bet she was so happy.and what an honor fot her to ASK you.and all----------those trips.you sure went to the trouble.but oh was it worth it.lovely...ann

Mimi said...

The only thing better than that adorable hat would be to see your son's wife modeling it! The hat is darling! Isn't spring just the best season?

Justine/Justiney/Tiney said...

Holy cow, that came out awesome!!!!!! I could never do something like that.

Justine :o )

Michelle said...

THAT is the prettiest Easter bonnet I have ever seen!! I love the colors!!

nikkicrumpet said...

VERY cool! And I'm not the least bit surprised!

Phyllis said...

Hi Diane,

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment on my recent post about the animals. Good for you for adopting and helping the animals too!

That Easter bonnet is quite impressive! I wouldn't have known how to evev get started on one. You did good :)

Kathleen Ellis said...

AWESOME!you did a fabulous job! what a lucky girl she is!
Happy Easter!
;-D

Happy To Be said...

Oh Girl it turned out just Beautiful..and to hand sew all the flowers really took some time...Now I did enlarge the pics and Diane I just starting laughing at your last Picture when I seen your fur babies laying on the stairs watching you take pics...too funny...did you notice them in the pic?? they are darling...May you have a Wonderul East dear friend...I hope you are feeling better...hugs ansd smiles Gl♥ria

Belle (from Life of a...) said...

You did a fabulous job. I know she was the envy of all of the other teachers.

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Diane, what a cute hat! Thanks for checking out my easter tablescape and your nice comments! Have a wonderful easter, Kristen

Joycee said...

What a sweet note you left at Granny Mountain about Bunny Toes! I was a little afraid posting about Easter pets, that's a real no-no. But he was a wonderful pet and we fondly remember him.
Joycee

Anonymous said...

Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now keep it up!

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