How to make a fascinator

 

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The fascinator – a must have for any party, not just a wedding. This great accessory, which can be used instead of jewelry, will add elegance and originality to your stylization.

You must have seen them on TV or the internet – the colorful headpieces decorated with feathers or intricately arranged flowers. The love for fascinators was born in Great Britain. Every year, the horse races in Ascot bring together fans not just of horses, but also fashion.

 

Today I am going to show you how to make a base for a fascinator that you can further decorate with crystals, a ribbon bow or a veil.

 

You need:

- felt

- two plastic containers

- craft styrofoam in a chosen shape – I used a flat circle

- pliers

- wire

- paints – any kind; felt absorbs everything

- needle and thread

- scissors

- pencil

- paintbrush

- comb (for attachment)

- plastic wrap

- pins

- paper glue

- a sheet of paper – optional

- a piece of thin fabric – optional

- decorative ribbon – optional

- decoration – I used the flower from the previous tutorial, which you can see here:

 

 

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STEP 1

In the first step you need to prepare the styrofoam base. Cover it tightly with plastic wrap. Then, put the felt in hot water, wring it out and cover the base. Pin the felt on one side, then carefully pull it tight on the other sides so that it covers the mold completely. Smooth out every wrinkle and crease. Pin the felt all around.

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STEP 2

Prepare a half-and-half mixture of water and glue. If you want the felt to take a particular color, this is the moment to add paint. I used shades of pink.

Start applying the mixture to felt with a paintbrush. The felt should get really wet, so that the excess of the mixture drips off.

Put the mixture-covered base away on a piece of plastic wrap and leave to dry, for 1-2 days.

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STEP 3

When the felt is completely dry and stiff, take out all the pins. Take the styrofoam base out of the formed felt. Do it very gently so that the fabric doesn’t crease.

 

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STEP 4

Cut the excess felt around the edges. Remember to leave enough of seam allowance to be able to sew the wire and other elements.

 

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STEP 5

Measure the necessary length of wire with a few centimeters allowance. Carefully sew it to the edge.

 

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STEP 6

This is the best moment for adding the decoration. I decided to use the flower, which is in the same color tone.

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Steps 7 and 8 are optional. Follow them if you want to add lining and hide the seams. If you don’t mind the seams, you can just ignore these steps.

 

 

STEP 7

Trace the shape of the base on paper. Cut out and transfer onto fabric.

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STEP 8

Cut out the shape from the fabric. Sew the dart and carefully attach the fabric to the edge of the base.

 

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STEP 9

Sew the comb to the base.

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STEP 10

Sew the decorative ribbon around the edge.

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Et voila! The fascinator is ready!

Remember that this type of headpiece can change its character depending on the colors and accessories used. Flower accents add a romantic note, while using black in your headpiece will make you the queen of many parties.

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