Bertha Corbett Melcher, an American illustrator, is regarded as the "Mother of Sunbonnet Sue", illustrating many children's books published in the early 1900s.
The Sunbonnet Sue images became a perfect choice for many needlework projects, especially in quilts in the form of applique and redwork.
These vintage needlebook bonnets are so sweet and have become a popular pattern to make up. You can find a pattern to make your own in the Sunbonnet Sue website along with more information on Bertha Melcher, Kate Greenaway, and many more designs.
I think it is interesting to show the way the inside of the needlebooks have been completed. The three shown here have been worked differently.
Felt - always popular and convenient to quickly work into a needlebook of various designs. Below is a small bonnet, simply worked with flowers. This one also has filling in the crown for pins.
Below, an ever-popular bonnet needlebook. The bonnet here also doubles for use as a thimble holder. If you would like to try one for yourself, there is a pattern here which can be made up simply as is or you can add you own unique finishes.