I’ve always been fascinated with those little hats with the funny names: fascinators! But it’s not like I have an occasion very often to wear one. But for the occasion of the upcoming royal wedding, I decided that I wanted to try to learn how to make a fascinator. It’s surprisingly easy and I can’t wait to wear it for our royal wedding tea party (if I can get it away from our resident princess, that is).
For those unfamiliar with fascinators, they are the sort of head wear accessory that looks similar to a hat but that isn’t a full sized hat base. A fascinator needs to be attached to the head with a clip, strap or comb.
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- Humboldt Haberdashery Teardrop Fascinator Base
- small bunch of artificial roses
- wired ribbon
- 6″ wide tulle
- curly ting (natural floral department)
- needle and thread
- hot glue gun
I was able to learn how to make a fascinator in just a couple of hours. It’s a great project that you can complete easily in an afternoon or evening.
The underside of the fascinator has two alligator clips to secure it to your hair. I was impressed with how secure the finished fascinator was in my daughter’s hair with all her bouncing around! The top of the fascinator base is just solid satin, so it can be sewed onto or glued to. (I did a combination of both!)
To start, I gathered the top edge of the 6″ tulle, by pleating it and stacking the pleats on top of each other. As I stacked the pleats I gradually turned them a little bit each time to start building a circle. After I stacked some, I clamped it with a Clover Wonder Clip and then used needle and thread to stitch it in place. Then I kept going, repeating the process until I had made an entire circle of tulle pleats.
The next step was to sew the tulle circle on the fascinator base. I centered it on the base and sewed two small circles in the center to tack it down. (The stitched circles ended up hidden under the rest of the embellishments.)
When the stitching was completed, I was left with a fascinator base that had a halo of tulle around it!
Next it was time to put on the large embellishments. (All of them were attached with hot glue.) First I glued down the loop of wired ribbon on the back corner, making sure that the glue point was under the center where the flowers would hide it.
Then I cut the stems off of 3 silk roses and glued them in place one by one to create the effect of a posey on the fascinator.
The final step was to snip some short ends off of the gold curly ting and insert them with hot glue into the center of the posey. I put two coming out the back of one side and two coming out the front of the other side, creating the illusion that they go all the way through the center. The curly ting adds a real touch of sparkle and whimsy to the fascinator!
Learning how to make a fascinator was much easier than I expected! It was a fast and easy project and I wouldn’t hesitate to wear this for a dressy event. I’m thrilled with how my DIY fascinator came out!
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