Here i will show you How to make your own Bugaboo Bee+ Hood.
Im a HUGE lover of Bugaboo’s so much so i have 2 of them, a Cameleon3 and a Bee+. Unfortunately im not a lover of just plain jane things and so sometimes they plain coloured hoods just wont do, if your the same why not make your own?
First things first:
You need a pattern, i bought a badly faded Khaki Bee+ hood from Ebay for about £10 and when it arrived i took it all apart. I ironed it all flat and used those pieces as my pattern. (It is abit sad that you have to sacrifice a hood, but it enables you to have a perfect shaped pattern).
Bugaboo only uses one piece of fabric for the Bee+ hood, but here I’ve used 2 pieces of the same fabric so the hood is lined, you could of course use 2 different fabrics for a great contrast.
You Will Need (Click on each item below to purchase):
- Floral Outer Fabric
- Lining Fabric
- Pink Bias Binding 25mm
- Plastic Tubing 4mm x 93cm
- 2x 1″, 4mm Elastic
- Sewing machine Coloured Thread
- Dress Making Scissors
- Seam Ripper
- Sewing Machine
- Fabric Dress Marking Pen
- Dress Making Pins
When you have took apart your old Bugaboo Bee+ Hood, Iron the pieces flat and use these pieces as a template to cut out your New fabric. (I normally pin the pieces on top of my fabric and then cut them out.)
When you have cut out your fabric you should have:
- A. Front Section x2 (1x Outer & 1x Lining)
- B. Middle Section x2 (1x Outer & 1x Lining)
- C. Back Section x2 (1x Outer & 1x Lining making sure you have marked the Button hole positions)
- D. Hood Rod x1
- E. Hood Rod x1
Grab both Back Sections and with wrong sides together, If your unsure what Wrong Sides Together mean, check out this website (HERE), sew all the way around in a straight stitch using a 1/4 seam allowance.
On the Outside Edge ONLY sew a 3cm thickness line going around the edge (this is the pocket casing for the plastic tubing to go through)
Grab A & B Lining Sections ONLY and also D & E sections.
On both D & E Sections turn over the ends and sew them closed using a 1/2 seam allowance.
Then attach them to the Lining Fabrics and sew along the outer edge using a 1/4 seam allowance. Fold under the opposite edge of D & E and stitch this down onto the Lining Fabric.
Now with Sections A & B grab there Outer Sections and with Wrong Sides together sew all the way around the edges with a 1/4 seam allowance.
Then with wrong sides pin together edges Marked (<–A-B–> and <–B-A–>) then sew along that edge using a 1/4 seam allowance.
Now Both A&B Sections should be attached to each-other and starting to resemble a Hood.
In the same way you attached Sections A&B together, do the exact same for C. Back Section.
With wrong sides together… Pin (<–B-C–> with the Outer edge of C Section) and Sew along that edge using a 1/4 seam allowance.
Now with your 4mm Plastic Tubing, feed it all the way through your 3cm Casing Pocket that you created on C.Back Section Then stitch this closed so that it doesn’t pop back out.
Sew your Bias Binding along the seams ONLY that you have just created, which is A-B and B-C.
Now is the time to attach your elastic.
Your Elastic should be placed like the above picture, folded over and facing inside the hood. These should be attached at either end of Seam A-B.
Grabbing your Bias Binding Once again simply sew it all the way around the edges using a 1/2 seam allowance.
You should now have something that looks like the above picture.
Were almost done, but lastly we need to sew Button holes along the bottom edge of the Back section there should be 6 in total.
Then with a seam ripper or small scissors cut the holes.