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little miss and mr. muffet bonnet

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Pia’s class is starting a nursery rhymes unit in school and her teacher asked if I could sew a Little Miss Muffet bonnet to use as a prop. She then asked as a follow-up if I could make a Mr. Muffet hat as well. The Mr. Muffet nursery rhyme is not quite as well known, of course, but figured I could make something up. As it turns out, Mr. Muffet hats are way cuter than Miss Muffet hats. Who knew?

This was my first attempt at a Miss Muffet bonnet. Pia’s expression sums it up.

So I switched gears and made a Mr. Muffet hat. I am considering making one for myself. Not really. But it is cute in that colonial woman goes to the beach sort of way. Please note that Pia is not actually crying here. She just almost always has a tear beneath her left eye. Almost always. Like she is saving it just in case she needs it. Like if her mother attempts to put the original Miss Muffet hat on her again.

With the success of the Mr. Muffet under my belt I returned to conquer the Miss Muffet. Attempt two was slightly more successful if only because it doesn’t appear to be actively eating my child’s head. Again, note the tear. Different day, same tear.

Need a Miss/Mr. Muffet hat of your own? Of course you do!! Here is how to do it in 30 minutes or less:

  1. Cut your chosen fabric into a 22-inch circle. I did this by putting a t-pin into the center of my fabric and attaching an 11-inch string to it with a piece of chalk on the end and then drawing the circle. Alternatively you could use a small hula hoop. Unless your hula hoop is more of a trapezoid like most of ours are by now.
  2. Finish the edges of your circle in one of two ways. One – iron edges in a quarter inch and then another quarter inch, pin, then stitch around the perimeter (see Mr. Muffet).  Two – use bias tape around the entire perimeter (see Miss Muffet One).  On Miss Muffet Two I used eyelet trim around the perimeter.
  3. With a basting stitch (the longest stitch your machine can make) and not reversing at the beginning or end machine stitch a circle about 2-3 inches in from the perimeter. Leave a long tail of thread when you finish stitching.
  4. Pull the long threads to gather the circle. I always forget which thread to pull, so just experiment. One thread will make it gather, the other won’t, so use the one that will! Continue to gather until your circle of stitching is a bit bigger than your head. Tie the loose ends of the thread together and even out your gathers.
  5. Attach a satin or velvet or other lovely ribbon that is at least 1″ wide to cover your basting stitches. Sew close to one edge of the ribbon, then close to the other edge of the ribbon. This will form a channel in which to put the elastic. Leave at least an 8″ tail of ribbon on either side.
  6. Insert elastic into the ribbon channel. Use a safety pin to pull it through. Attempt to get a child to try it on so you can see how long the elastic needs to be. Otherwise just use your own head and make it a bit tighter than it needs to be. Stitch ends of the elastic together and clip excess.
  7. Tie a bow with the ribbon to conceal the ends of the elastic.
  8. Find a tuffet, make some curds and whey, and be prepared to be frightened by a spider.

3 responses »

  1. Courtney – you are amazing. I love your humor & writing style.

  2. You are just so creative! Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas!

  3. Thank you so much for this tutorial! I just used it to make my daughter’s Little Miss Muffet hat!

    Seamingly Smitten


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