1.04.2011

Making {A Vintage-Inspired Fascinator}


Hello lovelies! As promised, today I will share will you how to make a vintage-inspired fascinator (a fancy term for a big hair accessory) that takes little time & little supplies. I've used leftovers from the one I made for my wedding, but you can do this with any color(s) depending on your style and the occasion.

You'll need:

One silk flower with at least 8 different size petals
1/4 yard lace fabric (this yields extra in case you need it)
A vintage-style button
Pins
Scissors
Needle & thread (make sure the thread is close to the colors you're using so it'll blend in)
Either a plastic hair comb OR an alligator clip, stiffened felt & hot glue


Pull apart the silk flower, leaving just the petals. Pick between three and five to use for your fascinator, depending on how large you want it to be. (Keep in mind these are the leftover ones I had; I used five for the first one I made.)



Spread the lace on a flat surface and lay the selected flower layers on top, leaving about half an inch between petals.

 

Pin the layers onto the lace.


Cut each layer out leaving the lace roughly a half-inch longer than the petals (this is important for being able to trim and customize the layers to your liking once they're stacked together). Then go back and clean up according to your liking. For example, I cut the middle layer of the lace into petals to give it more flexibility once it's all stacked together. You could also trim the lace to be shorter than the petals so they'll stand out more.


Once you have everything trimmed, unpin the flower layers from the lace. Then, putting the biggest flower layer on the bottom, restack them however you see fit. I ended up leaving off the smallest lace layer for the final product, but this is where you can customize it and get creative. (For example, you could go flower-lace-flower-lace-flower, or flower-lace-lace-flower — whatever you think looks good!).


Thread your sewing needle and sew the layers together in the middle, making sure not to sew outside the area where your button will go, otherwise your stitches will be visible. Once that is done, sew on your button (which I neglected to do before I took the following picture, so just pretend there's a nice white button on there).


After that, you've got a decision to make. You can either sew a plastic hair comb on the back of the flower, or you can attach an alligator clip.


For my wedding I did the hair comb because I wanted to make sure it stayed in place. If you want to do the same, you take you needle and thread again, center the hair comb on the back and start sewing the thread between each tooth in the comb.


For those wanting to go the quicker route (and alligator clips are still sturdy, it's just that this technique requires more supplies), cut out a round of felt for the back. The size depends on how much support you want to give the petals: go smaller if you want them to have more movement; go bigger if you want them to stay mostly in place.


Then take a hot glue gun and glue the circle of felt to the back. Grab an alligator clip, put a line of hot glue down the center of the felt circle, and then place the bottom of the clip on the glue. Let it sit for about 3-4 minutes to make sure it's dry, and you're ready to wear it!



I love this basic idea because it's so versatile and customizable. And it's super easy. I think in the end I paid about $5 for everything, and I got two fascinators out of it!

Let me know if you end up making one. I would love to see how it turned out!

2 comments:

  1. I love this! Thanks for sharing the tut! :D

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  2. I love making these flowers easy way to make your own unique flower.

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