I’ve been hanging onto this idea for a long time. I don’t know why it has taken me so long to make one. Maybe hearing people say they are sick of them. There are a lot of them available.
But I still like them and wanted to make this one not so much for quilting but dressing her up a bit with specialty stitches.
I make many of my own stitches. In this case the wing needle stitches, the eyelets, and the woven fill on her hat.
My favorite color combination is pink, green, and cream. So there you have the colors. Smiles
Also available in 5×7 size – ‘Little’ Susie Wing Needle Sunbonnet Sue 5×7
And 4×4 size – ‘Baby, Susie Wing Needle Sun Bonnet Sue 4×4
- Medium weight 100% cotton or cotton/linen blend fabric or embroidery blank – I used a table runner embroidery blank of medium weight cotton with a wide hemstitched edge. Wing Needle stitches sew best on natural fabrics where the wing part of the needle can separate the fibers of the fabric. I do not recommend polyester, acrylic, or man made fabrics.
- Medium weight soft tear away stabilizer – I used 2 layers
- Wing Needle – I used size 100 Schmetz.
- OR a large jeans needle will give the same effect just not as dramatic but still very pretty.
To find out if you can use a wing needle please visit my tutorial.
- Top Stitch Needle – I used size 12 Schmetz
- Machine Embroidery threads #40 weight – colors desired. I used:
- white to match the fabric
- pale pink, light pink
- pale green, light green
- flesh, flesh 2 shades darker for outlines & details
- cream for the white areas
- Light tan for details over cream areas
- 2 shades darker than cream for shade under her brim
- light red brown for shoes
- light blue for flowers
- soft yellow for flower centers