DIY Super Simple "The Handmaid's Tale" Inspired Bonnet | DIY Costume

I’ve finished watching “The Handmaid’s Tale” a couple of weeks ago and remembered that I have a red cape in my closet that my grandma actually made, it was designed for a Little Red Riding Hood costume, but I thought that it would be fun to make my version of the iconic bonnets of the show and create a second costume to wear with the cape.

I found it surprisingly difficult to find a red outfit to match the shade of red on the cape, so I resigned for a basic black skirt and tights, with my beloved brogues and a sweater borrowed from sister. Not really true to character but, I think the point comes across anyway.

As I mentioned my grandma made the cape, so I don't have instructions on that, but here are some good cape tutorials if you want to create one:
Simple method if you have a light fabric:

White Fabric | White Felt | Hot Glue | White Ribbon | Scissors

Start by making the template for the bonnet part. Click here for the pattern with the exact measurements.

Face the right sides of the fabric together and sew the curved side.

Make a hem on the part that will go around your face. Fold the bottom, leaving enough space to fit a piece of ribbon thru and sew.

Use a safety pin to put the ribbon thru the casing, make sure the ribbon is big enough to make a bow and burn the edges to keep them from fraying.

For the “wings” part, I’m using felt.

Start by cutting the shape, click here for the template.
Then, put the bonnet on and mark where you want the wings part to sit, use hot glue to secure it, I glued mine in 4 places, one on each side, at the top of my head and also in the middle.


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