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Fascinate Me! (Part 1 of 2)

August 5, 2012

Fascinators have grown very popular over the last several years, and even though I see fashion mavens claiming their time is up each season, I still see them everywhere, from chain accessory stores to high-end boutiques. There's something so alluring and almost magical about topping off an outfit with that little extra something.

Making fascinators is always fun, because you can create a little piece of personal couture using only a  few bits and bobs.

All of the fascinators featured in this post are meant to mount on a headband. I find I get irritated with clips because they don't always stay in place, and headbands will always work, no matter how long or short my hair is. That said, you can adapt almost any design to work on a clip or barrette if that's your preference -- the whole point is that it's just for you! My headband is 5/8" wide, but you can use any size -- you just might have to alter the width of some of the ribbons you work with to make sure it fits your headband.

The first two projects use Organza Rosette Ribbon. You can make a simple sleeve to fit over your headband using just a length of rosette and a matching length of grosgrain. As you can see, my grosgrain is narrower than my rosette. I still match up the edges, and the resulting bubbling of the rosette gives it a little added dimension.  

1-Fascinators.jpgI folded the ends of the ribbons in so there are no raw edges. Here it is with one side stitched:
2-Fascinators.jpgFor a little sparkle, I added two Theater Jewel buttons to the center two rosettes.

3-Fascinators.jpgThe next project used the same rosette ribbon in black, and I made it a little shorter -- just three rosettes instead of four:

4-Fascinators.jpgThen, I slipped a feather I had in my stash into the loop of a black and white Flapper Button, and glued that into place on the headband sleeve. I am in LOVE with these buttons -- they're carved, not printed, so they have a beautiful, delicate dimension to them that feels very Art Deco.

5-Fascinators.jpgVoila! Ready for a Roaring '20s party, or a snazzy day at the office.

The next type of slide-on accoutrements features felt circles as the base. I use my headband to gauge the width of the channel I need to stitch into the circles, layer two together, and sew two lines into it. This creates the pass-through for the head band. They key is make sure your headband can slide through, but that it stays snug to avoid slipping.

7-Fascinators.jpgTo build this one, I started with a damask button. I have always thought these buttons are so cute, but it took me a while to think of them for something like this.


Then, I folded a scrap piece of satin ribbon into a V shape.

9-Fascinators.jpgI added a few more feather bits from my bin of random fun. (See? THIS is why you buy little sparkly or fascinating things with no real plan. You're laying in stock for fascinator creation.)

10-Fascinators.jpgOnce the decorative portion was complete, I glued it to my felt circle base, and slid it onto my headband.

11-Fascinators.jpgThe next fascinator base is a long, tube-like sleeve that starts with two pieces of grosgrain ribbon wide enough to encase your headband. I pass the cut ends over a candle to seal them and prevent fraying. If you choose to do this, remember to be cautious! Flame is dangerous! (Duh.)

12-Fascinators.jpgStitch down either side of your ribbon layers to create the casing.

Check to make sure that your headband fits into the casing.

14-Fascinators.jpgI like to make multiple casing bases at once so I can just play with the trimmings to my heart's content.

15-Fascinators.jpgI found a ridiculously sparkly autumn leaf in the floral section of a local craft store recently and fell in love with it. So naturally, I want to wear it on my head. I carefully glued one of my prepared casings to the back of the leaf, making sure no glue got into the casing opening.

16-Fascinators.jpgAnd now, I'm going to have to come up with some sort of Thankgiving dress to match this!

17-Fascinators.jpgI also have a couple of feather and bell sprays that I have had in the stash for a while, and decided to glue one of them to a grosgrain casing to see if I liked it as a fascinator.

18-Fascinators.jpgAnd I did! This is obviously not for every day, but would be great for a dress-up occasion when a more dramatic look is perfect.

19-Fascinators.jpgThis is the first batch -- I've got more to show you! You'll have to tune in next time for more fascinator fun. Including tiny hats! I hope this has sparked your creativity. I find that fascinators are like potato chips -- one is never enough! The more I make, the more I want.

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