Beautiful bonnets – but what to do with them?

Amongst the many things we found in the attic here at Les Fragnes when we moved in were lots of baby clothes. In particular there were dozens of baby bonnets. I washed them all but for five years they’ve been languishing in a sack in the barn. They’re too lovely to leave hidden away for ever, but I’m not sure what to do with them. Here are a few being modelled by Ruadhri’s toys.

They are all hand sewn and exquisite. Most of them have little ties to pull to make sure the bonnet is a snug fit on baby’s head.

See the little adjustable ties at the back?
This one has three rows of adjustable ties at the top to keep baby's head extra cosy

There are some cosy winter ones, and thin linen ones, I imagine for summer.

Bonnests for all seasons

My idea is to use them to scent drawers and wardrobes by sewing them up (carefully through the holes in the lace so I won’t damage the material) with a bar of soap inside. Chris thinks it’s a shame, but I’d rather so something with them then let them lie around for another five years, forgotten about.

Any ideas?



0 Replies to “Beautiful bonnets – but what to do with them?”

  1. Well you could always have another baby…..ha ha ..that WAS meant as a joke!!! Quite by coincidence I have a similar probalem with some beautiful ‘undergarments’ sewn by my husbands grandmother which I have inherited. I gave some to a museum but the rest are just in a big box…

    1. It is a problem really, what to do with these beautiful old garments. Can’t possibly throw them away but … there’s not a great deal you can do with them. They were made to last in those day!

  2. Your attic was a real treasure trove. Aren’t those bonnets lovely? Maybe you could donate some to a museum and keep some to use in the way you suggest – maybe a few containing lavender or rosemary and others containing a bar of soap.

    1. That’s a lovely thought about the museum. I shall try Gueret. I don’t think there are any old clothes there at the moment. Lots of stuffed dead animals 🙁 and the usual pots and weapons!

  3. Your bonnets are wonderful! I have a bonnet which is a replica of the ones women wore on wagon trains going West in the 1840’s. My sister-in-law made it and I treasure it. I have it hanging on one side of an antique straightbacked chair as a decoration in my guest room.

    You could get some decorative hooks and hang a few of the bonnets on the wall. I think they would make a lovely decoration and you could enjoy them every day.

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