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Hankie to Baby Bonnet


Learn how to sew a simple baby bonnet with a vintage hankie in this sewing tutorial from Corey Colwell-Lipson and Lynn Colwell, authors of Celebrate Green! Follow the step-by-step photos to create a bonnet for a shower gift or new family member.

Learn more aout Corey and Lynn and their book here.

Baby Bonnet from Hankie


  • Hankie
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine or hand sewing needle
  • Thread


  • When possible choose a vintage handkerchief, one from a family member is best, but if not available, try purchasing through local vintage shops or online.
  • Smaller handkerchiefs work best. Those with tatted, crocheted or lace edges make beautiful bonnets.
  • Wash the handkerchief in pure soap and cool water and dry before starting.
  • If the handkerchief is discolored or has any spots, try wetting and leaving in the sun. Do not bleach.
  • Use loose machine stitches or sew by hand because one day, the stitches will come out and it will be easier if they are not tiny and close together.


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