Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Feather Fascinator Tutorial

Here is a tutorial for a basic, cheapy, fascinator. Perfect for whipping up simple ones to match outfits, or take the general idea and use fabulous materials to make stunning pieces. This is one of a thousand options and infinite designs, but it should give you some ideas if you'd like to start making your own!

* Just click on the pictures to see fullsize. ♥

Gather your materials...
  • Glue gun or whatever type of glue you prefer. 
  • Black sew in interfacing for the base (found in fabric stores)
  • Feathers. I chose a big bag of random ones I bought from Hobby Lobby for $2 and pulled out the best. There are much better quality feathers out there, I just wanted cheapie stuff to play with.
  • Any other additions you want. Rhinestones, buttons, ribbon, ect. Possibilities are endless!
  • An alligator clip (recommended) or any barrette or clip for actually wearing it. *Not pictured

Start by cutting out your basic shape from the interfacing. For this one, I chose a teardrop. You could in theory do anything you like, but this is the most common. It doesn't have to be perfect, your feathers will cover the edges. On this particular one, I cut out two and glued them together for durability. This is entirely up to you. 

Begin gluing on and layering your feathers to your liking. Be careful not to use too much glue that it bleeds through the feathers. If you do a little, no problem, you'll be building over it anyway. 

Eventually you'll get a covered base. Starting to shape up!

Next, I added a second type of feathers for added detail, plus a small rhinestone button. In hindsight, should have used a bigger one! You can find gorgeous buttons with a vintage flair in craft or fabric stores, just look around and find your perfect pieces. Add any other embellishments you'd like at this point. 

Now, flip it over. Cut a small rectangle of the interfacing just a little shorter than the clip and around 3 times wider. 

I didn't get a picture of this step, but I'll try to explain. Basically, open the clip. On the side with teeth, put a bead of glue. Attach the small rectangle. Then, apply glue all over the back of that piece and attach it to your base. 

VoilĂ ! It's all done! 

This project took me about 10 minutes, start to finish. It may be a VERY basic style of fascinator, but it really gives you an idea of how to go about it. Switch up the feathers, add flowers or bows, rhinestones... anything! It's all up to your creativity. 

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial and it inspires you to be on your way to fabulous hair accessories custom tailored to your outfits. ♥ Feel free to ask any questions!

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