Hanky Bonnet Poems:
|THE MAGIC HANKY
I am just a little hankie, as square as can be;
A tiny square of linen
After baby’s worn it
Or if the baby is a boy,
This bonnet at first seems small in your hands,
To begin, you will need a LACE EDGED 10 x 10 (inches) hankerchief.
Or you can make one for yourself out of hand made bobbin lace, tatting, crochet or store-bought lace.
Once the hanki is completed, lay the hanky flat on an ironing board
Fold one end of the hanky back about 2/3, and press the fold (protect with pressing cloth)
Then fold the again about half the distance. The result is a little accordion fold (see
picture for help). Fold other end back about 1/2" to form a casing. (see left of diagram)
Press this through a cloth as well.
see photo here
Now you will need a needle and white thread (assuming your hanky is white).
With a very long basting stitch, sew through the half inch fold at the base of the lace(or edge)
Gather the fabric tightly and tie the threads together in a knot.
This makes it easy for the mom to snip the thread later.
(or insert fine ribbon to gather instead)
Then you can sew little ribbon rosebuds to the double fold at the front of the bonnet.
The ribbon ties are secured with a quick "X" stitch, then tack the rosebuds over the ribbon ties.
Leave a longish thread after you knot it so the baby's mom can find it later.
And that's it! It's quick and easy and well-appreciated for baby's baptism,
christening, or trip home from the hospital.