|step 1: begin visualizing the final product by laying everything together - preferably with the added inspiration of pretty spring flowers!|
|i like that this cord gives the blue bonnet a 'sporty' feel|
|the black bonnet will have a fancier feel to it with the beads|
My thing, incidentally, being to follow along pretty closely with the guide as laid out by this earlier post. So if you're looking for step-by-step instructions and a list of materials on how to do something similar, check out that post.
|but of course, before anything else can happen, those godforsaken tassels have gotta go|
|these are cheapo kinda crappy off the shelf bonnets.... but even just taking the fringe off makes such a big difference!|
|the above shows how simple upcycling one of these bonnets can be. you can literally just staple some string to it and get a better looking, fully custom (but still economically efficient) bonnet!|
This also helps lend structure to bonnets that would otherwise be.... kinda gelatinous, amorphous blobs of bad crochet lol.
|still not sure how the beads will work. they are pretty tho!|
|the nice thing about all these materials is that they're VERY forgiving|
The cord was surprisingly easy to work with - very easy to stitch through, and nice and sturdy. I burned the cut ends to prevent fraying, then just started stitching all three colors of cord down to the crystal grid material as a base.
|the crystal grid material makes straight lines a breeze|
|it took a little care making the bend happen tho|
|as always, it's recommended that you have canine (or feline) supervision on hand at all times. ya know. just in case!|
|esp if there happens to be a gray face handy to test that the colors are on point|
Just a few quick swoops of the needle and thread (knotting often to protect from the whole thing falling apart) and BAM, bonnet was complete!
|real question tho: who wore it better?!?|
|and ta da! final product submitted for reline review!|
|the sparkles underneath are subtle but perfectly catch the light so that the whole thing pops from a distance. perfect!|
Honestly I'm pretty pleased with how this bonnet turned out and can't wait to get it over to Brita and Bella! We've got another show this weekend so I'll be sure to get lots of pictures of the bonnet in action!
And fingers crossed the black bonnet comes together as nicely and easily. I suspect the beads may be a little bit fussier than the cord, but maybe not. We'll see!
Are you into the fly bonnet look? Think you'll give the DIY-decorating a try yourself? Or do you prefer to simply buy nicer bonnets off the rack? Or maybe you've actually gone the full custom route from a professional?
Do you like to keep the aesthetics simple, or are you into all of the colors and all of the sparkles all of the time?