How To: Lace Rosette Bonnet Embellishments


French Lace Rosette

Easter Sunday is just a week away, and there’s no better time for baby to wear a sweet little bonnet. This simple yet frilly bonnet by Jan Moore was made using the pattern “Old Fashioned Baby Bonnet” by Old Fashioned Baby, white pique and a Liberty of London floral print. The rosette, made of silk satin ribbon, French lace edging and mother-of-pearl buttons, is the icing on the cake. Below, follow Jan’s instructions for making the lace rosette, as shared in our Easter 2014 edition of Sew Beautiful. It’s the perfect embellishment for any bonnet, whether you’re sewing for Easter or another time of year.

NOTE: For the rosettes and ribbon, you will need 1-1/2 yards of 5/8-inch-wide silk satin ribbon, 10 inches of French lace edging and two mother-of-pearl buttons.


Figure 1

1. Cut a piece of French lace approximately 5 inches in length. French laces commonly used in heirloom sewing will have a header made of several threads. By easing out at cut end and gently pulling one of these header threads, lace can easily be gathered (fig. 1).


Figure 2

2. Continue gathering and curling lace into a circle or rosette. Using fine thread and needle, stitch lace ends into a tiny seam. A teeny tiny French seam encloses all raw edges (fig. 2).

3. Fluff and arrange gathers to help hide seam.


Figure 3

4. Stitch single loop of ribbon streamer to bonnet first, then top with lace rosette centered with an etched mother-of-pearl button (fig. 3).

Be sure to check out the February/March 2014 edition of Sew Beautiful for more of Jan’s bonnet embellishment ideas.

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