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A Cute Bonnet – quick and easy version

We all love a cute bonnet, it’s a “go to” prop to use in your photo shoots…. I’m sure in most sessions you use a bonnet somewhere in a setup! When we visualise a bonnet we might imagine a beautiful hand knitted or crocheted design and although these are amazing they can be complex and time consuming to produce especially for anyone who isn’t great at knitting or crochet just yet! These bonnets are super simple, super cute and you are going to love making them!

This tutorial walks you through the easiest beginner bonnet. We’re going to use plain fabric or you can even up-cycle an old t-shirt, blouse, cardigan or jumper.  Super simple technique as your first introduction to making a bonnet. You can then build on this technique to make more complex designs and start to make them your own!  Requires just a rectangle of fabric, 3 lengths of “tie” and a glue gun!

Back Tie Bonnet

Back-Tie Bonnet

This tutorial shows you how to make the easiest bonnet ever! It’s called the back-tie bonnet because we literally tie the bonnet at the back which scrunches the material together tightly creating that distinctive bonnet shape! If you don’t fancy using a glue gun you can certainly have a go at hand sewing or using a sewing machine, but for this tutorial I’m sharing a quick and easy way for those of you not comfortable with sewing yet!

Choose a solid fabric, not too thin, lacey or loose knit, so the glue doesn’t seep through. The ideal fabric as a starting point is t-shirt material, so cotton stretchy jersey or even up-cycle an old t-shirt!


  • Sharp Fabric Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Template or ruler (template available in FREE Library)
  • Safety Pin or Darning Needle


  • Fabric or garment to up-cycle
  • Ribbon, fabric strip, lace, silk, yarn etc. (optional)

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Once you’ve mastered the technique, there’s immediately some elements you can change up.
  1. The Front edge of your bonnet can be folded under to make a neat finish, left as a raw edge where the material naturally frays which gives a lovely rustic look or when up-cycling use a finished edge where it’s been commercially sewn, ribbed or even has lace attached.
  2. Choose any ties you want, ribbon, yarn, fancy fabric strips or just a strip from the exact same material of your main bonnet. Make sure you consider your colours/tones and you don’t go too different from your main bonnet!

Hopefully you can see that using a glue gun doesn’t have to be messy or end up with a lumpy creation. When used correctly on suitable fabric you can’t tell I’ve used a glue gun, the seams are smooth and soft with no lumps and bumps or white marks where the glue has seeped out! Ok so I hope you feel inspired to give this back tie bonnet a try, find some plain fabric & use it as a starting point, when you’re happy with the result, change things up, add in new elements and make them your own! There are so many other techniques and tricks to this back tie bonnet, this is just the beginning, so keep following me and you might get to experience more amazing bonnets, otherwise join me at craft your creativity HQ where I reveal all!

I can’t wait to see your creations… make sure you share your makes either in my page Crafty Photographers or in my DIY prop group!

Back Tie Bonnet

Back Tie Bonnet

You can make this & more!

Back Tie Bonnet

Back Tie Bonnet

Back Tie Bonnet

Back Tie Bonnet

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