The Return Of The Easter Bonnet


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Adorning one’s head with a hat of flowers, fabric, and fantastical additions in celebration of Easter has been the culture and pride of many New Yorkers as far back as I can remember.  And now after a 2-year pandemic hiatus, the tradition of showcasing the artistry and creativity of the Easter bonnet has made its come back

History Of The Easter Bonnet I

Garland in white organza Derby bonnet with pink and violet rosettes


Although bonnets started out as a practical form of head wear they became more and more elaborate as the 19th Century progressed. Worn initially to keep the hair tidy when indoors and the dust and sun off of it when outdoors, women would wear a heavier bonnet for winter and a lighter one, possibly made from straw for spring. By the early twentieth century, Americans became more and more invested in the Easter outfit—the hat, in particular. Because Easter coincides with seasonal fecundity, women garnered fresh flowers to wear in their hair and in their bonnets. Lilies, daffodils, azaleas with their red, pink or even crème colored blooms, and Hyacinths in purple and white were, and still are considered traditional Easter flowers. Fabrics such as organza, tulle, netting, satin and seersucker are just a few popular materials that helped to create a crown of Easter glory fit for the occasion.

Time to Sew Your Easter Bonnet!

Easter Eggs

It’s time to sew your Easter bonnet! It’s hard to believe this favorite spring holiday is right around the corner! It won’t be long until you can indulge in your yearly chocolate bunny. You are probably getting ready to decorate eggs and stash them around your yard. Maybe you’re amassing a few gifts for your little ones on Easter morn. If you’d like to sew up some fun gifts to stash in their Easter basket, now is the time. We have added some great Easter prints to our cotton novelty fabric collection just in time.

Easter Bunnies Novelty Fabric

Spring into Easter with J&O Fabrics!

Big Sunday breakfasts, and even bigger dinners…

Pretty pink bonnets and shiny patent leather shoes…..

Church service in the morning, and painted egg hunts in the afternoon….

These are the memories of Easter that I carry with me in the crevices of my mind; and while the holiday itself represents different things for different people, the marrying of the religious aspect and children’s folklore will always form a question mark of sorts.

Easter Around The Town. Happy Sewing!

Just as Santa Clause represents Christmas, a hopping life-size bunny with a basket full of colorful eggs is the quintessential image of Easter.

But how did the Easter bunny and egg hunts become synonymous with Easter anyway? And how are these various images connected to the Christian version of the holiday? Aside from the historical findings that the hare, eggs and the Prophet Yahshua’s resurrection from the dead are all symbols of ‘fertility and life’, I cram to see any other relation.