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Make an autumnal fascinator perfect for Halloween.

Posted by Melanie G. from Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom • Published See Melanie G.'s 4 projects »
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  • How to make a fascinator. Autumnal Fascinator - Step 1
    Step 1

    First of all look out lots of buttons and ribbon with a Halloween theme. You can get a huge range of printed ribbons and Halloween themed buttons from craft and online shops.

  • How to make a fascinator. Autumnal Fascinator - Step 2
    Step 2

    To make sinamay twists for the fascinator pull down the corner of your straight edge to find the cross grain.

  • How to make a fascinator. Autumnal Fascinator - Step 3
    Step 3

    Cut along the fold. Cut this peice into strips.

  • How to make a fascinator. Autumnal Fascinator - Step 4
    Step 4

    Be aware that the final twist will be quite a lot thinner. You can measure with a ruler and mark the sinamay with chalk or if you are like me, you can wing it and cut by eye.

  • How to make a fascinator. Autumnal Fascinator - Step 5
    Step 5

    Take one of the strips and fold in one of the edges using the iron. Then fold in the other edge. Edges can touch or over lap slightly. Pull the strip firmly and the strip will straighten. Use a damp cloth to release the glue in the sinamay. Now you can wind the strip around a pen or pencil and hold for a couple of seconds.

  • How to make a fascinator. Autumnal Fascinator - Step 6
    Step 6

    The strip will hold this shape. You can use a range of strips in different colours and sizes to create a whole range of hair pieces.

  • How to make a fascinator. Autumnal Fascinator - Step 7
    Step 7

    I have pulled a strip into a double loop.

  • How to make a fascinator. Autumnal Fascinator - Step 8
    Step 8

    I then sew it onto the hair clip as it has holes for this purpose.

  • How to make a fascinator. Autumnal Fascinator - Step 9
    Step 9

    You could hot glue it onto a comb however.

  • How to make a fascinator. Autumnal Fascinator - Step 10
    Step 10

    Decide which side of the head you will wear the piece before sewing on the sinamay.

  • How to make a fascinator. Autumnal Fascinator - Step 11
    Step 11

    I have decided to make a grown up looking piece today so have chosen a nice embroidered braid rather than my bat print ribbon.

  • How to make a fascinator. Autumnal Fascinator - Step 12
    Step 12

    I have gathered the braid with a running stitch around the edge and pulled the ribbon into a rosette shape.

  • How to make a fascinator. Autumnal Fascinator - Step 13
    Step 13

    I used pheasant feathers and orange tipped feathers which I hot glued in behind the rosette. You could use more sinamay if you preferred.

  • How to make a fascinator. Autumnal Fascinator - Step 14
    Step 14

    Finally I put a dried pod which looks like a tiny pumpkin in the centre of the ribbon using hot glue.

  • How to make a fascinator. Autumnal Fascinator - Step 15
    Step 15

    Finally try and get your husband to take a decent picture of you wearing final piece.....good luck with that bit!

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