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tinkering with my old CraftMallUSA site, I found this from 1998. Hope someone can use it.
Wedding Hanky to
Heirloom Hanky Bonnet
Carefully remove the two bows at corners and press ribbon.
Fold two opposite edges of hanky up (with right sides
showing) so that lace almost touches in the center and press. This forms the front
and back of bonnet. See in the first picture how the lace almost touches. Baste along the lace edge of the back to form a casing.
Insert the 24" piece of ribbon that you just removed from hanky into the
casing (a safety pin helps here) and draw up so that center is about the size of a silver
dollar. Tie ribbon into a bow. You can re-adjust later to fit baby.
Cut the remaining piece of ribbon in half for the two ties.
Fold under one end of each ribbon 1/2". Tack the folded end of ribbon to
each side of bonnet approximately 1-1/4" inside the front fold at lace junction.
(Note: If you don't wish to sew on ties, you can baste the front as you did the back
and run the 30" piece of ribbon through the casing for ties. This gives the
bonnet a different look.)
One day the bonnet can be snipped at the threads and carried down the aisle as the start of a lovely tradition. Just keep these instructions to make the bonnet again and hand down generation to generation.
Start the tradition by giving awedding hanky to the bride.
Or start the tradition with the
hanky baby bonnet as a baby