I have a small group of sewing buddies that visit me every Tuesday in my New Orleans Studio. We call this gathering “Stitch Therapy Tuesday”.

Margie made this seersucker bonnet for her precious granddaughter, Marin. Honestly, have you ever seen anything so cute?

This group consists of my Smocking Arts Guild members and a few others I’ve invited to join. It’s a lot of fun to discuss our projects and to encourage each other in our endeavors. Sometimes we work on UFO (un-finished objects) projects and other times we work on structured projects such as quilts and the drafting of patterns to handle fitting issues. I’m on hand to help with the technical stuff, but these ladies are so proficient at sewing, they actually help me with my projects.

Around 11:30 pm, we retreat to the kitchen and get lunch ready. We take turns making lunch and we truly enjoy our time together. Lately, the “regulars” have been contributing and bringing glorious concoctions of their own recipes and we delight in each other’s cooking expertise.

I decided to hold my first “Guinea Pig” class in order to test out the new bonnet pattern I was drafting, so I announced one day we would work on bonnets the following week. I really needed help and they truly came through for me. Each sewist chose a different fabric combination and size and the class was formed.

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This little cutie is quite new to our group. It’s May’s first granddaughter, Kay looking spiffy in her new bonnet with gingham lining. So precious!

The Le Petite Enfant bonnet pattern, which was first published in 1996, was having a come-back and lots of folks had been requesting it in larger sizes. I couldn’t imagine why anyone would put a bonnet on an older child, but it was explained that it was perfect for the beach and the hot southern climate. After two years of requests, I decided to republish the pattern in larger sizes. It has been a huge hit and it has inspired me to design more Guinea Pig classes for my group.

These little cuties were made by Suzette for her grandmother’s hope chest. Aren’t the color combinations adorable?
This adorable rosebud and gingham bonnet was carefully piped around the edges with covered piping. Covered buttons complete the look.

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Results from the “Guinea Pig” class was amazing and I was thrilled to see how creative they had been with choice of fabric combinations and button choices. Every bonnet turned out adorably and I’d like to share the results with you.

Here is a whole pile of bonnets ready for “show ‘n share” at our SAGA meeting. Each is cuter than the next.
Jane’s adorable granddaughter, Caroline looks especially precious in her matching bonnet and bikini ensemble.
Shirley made this adorable bonnet from duckie fabric and gingham lining. The piping is in contrast to the two fabrics.