Personalised fascinator

Firstly, I would like to direct you to this blog post published on the Hobbycraft website. I came across this when the Hobbycraft Facebook page posted it and it showed up in my feed (so many links!) and I was determined to make it! I have quite the obsession with small hat and feather accessories, and have always wanted to learn how to make one.

I mostly followed the blog post when making this, so I didn’t take any progress shots. However, I did add some of my own personalised touches to it.

One of the more interesting things is the use of a haircomb. It certainly fits the elegance of a fascinator, but how can you keep it in place? Well, the easiest method I’ve found is to criss-cross two hair grips in an X-shape and slide the comb over it. You definitely don’t want this to fall out as you’re away from home!

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The blog post suggests that you should put some ribbon in between the base discs, but I didn’t like the idea. What I remembered from other fascinators was the use of crin fabric to create loops. Here, I’ve used it to create large bows and loops.

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The diamante feathers sold at the store are just perfect for this sort of stuff. I gathered a bunch of them and sewed the stems to the base disc below.

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After searching for ideas on how to use crin fabric, I found this tutorial for making crin flowers. It suggests to fold your crin in half before rolling, which is a really good idea. I made the three flowers on the left without folding in half, and you can tell the difference. I just didn’t have enough crin fabric left to spare. 😦 Lastly, I made one flower out of satin ribbon and used it to cover the stems of the diamante flowers.

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The result is a very outlandish fascinator that I’m very proud of… Let’s just say it’s very me, haha. The weight does actually contribute slightly to it and it does fall off a lot if you don’t secure it in place. The tutorial is a very good starting place to get the creative ideas flowing!

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