I'm just lovin' the whole Bloglovin' thing. Every time I figure out how to do something new, I feel ten years younger.
I'm pretty sure I'll never figure out how to make heads or tales of Pinterest, however. I am what you would call a "Pinterest fail." But never say never, I guess. Because did you hear I'm on Bloglovin'?!
Okay, enough about that!
I thought I'd show you the Baptismal bonnets I made not too long ago for my two newest grandchildren: a boy I'm calling "Junior" here at the blog, and the as-yet-not-born-but-coming-soon granddaughter I've decided to call "Princesa."
I have blogged about Baptismal gowns before here at String of Pearls (here and here, if you're interested). I have a treasure trove of gorgeous white linen napkins, pillow shams, and tablecloths, adorned with beautiful cutwork and lace, that I rescued from my late mother-in-law's attic. She was a talented seamstress and a hoarder of high-end fabrics bought at clearance prices, and I'm sure she had some great projects in mind for those lovely pieces I inherited. (They were carefully stored in plastic wrappers, with the sales tags still attached.) I thought it would be a great way to honor her by making christening gowns for the great-grandchildren she never had the joy of meeting before she went to her heavenly home. It would make the gowns like family heirlooms, even though they were technically new, not antiques that had been handed down for generations. So when our first grandchildren were on their way (identical twin girls Bonny Babe and Cutie Pie), I made a pair of gowns that have since been worn by their two younger sisters. When G-Man was born, he got a gown, too, which will now be used by any siblings that follow him in my middle son's family. And when Junior was born, he got one exactly like G-Man's; so my second son's family also has a gown of their own, to use for any subsequent children they might have.
Before I had actual grandchildren to wear them, I used a porcelain doll (here, a reproduction of a German antique) from my collection as a model for the gowns.
So I took some of Mom's beloved linens (a tea towel and a pillowcase) and fashioned these beauties.
Boy's version on the left; girl's on the right.
|Can you stand it? Isn't he precious?|
These little christening bonnets/caps are actually very easy to make, no pattern necessary. If you can sew a straight seam, you can make one. Would you like me to do a how-to post? I still have an impressive collection of linens handed down to me from my mother-in-law, so just let me know and I'll post that as soon as I can.