I saw the little pre-made witch hats at my local craft supply store & was inspired to throw together a fun little fascinator as a hostess gift to a friend who is going to have a handmade Halloween party at her house.
This is an easy project - minimal sewing skills needed.
Witch hat ( you could make one out of felt if you can't source one...or look online )
headband (I used a padded one covered with satin ribbon)
mardi gras bead strand, skull beads, & feather boa hair clip (I used the Darice brand)
First, I sewed a string of mardi gras beads around the base where the brim & hat meet.
Next, I added a skull bead where the 2 ends of the mardi gras beads met with a dab of glue & a few quick stitches.
Then, I positioned the witch hat where I wanted it to rest on the headband.
...and tacked it to the headband on both sides of the brim.
It only took a few stitches to attach the feather boa to the fascinator after I removed it from the little plastic clip it was attached to.
Please note that I didn't stitch it on before attaching the hat to the headband because it was easier to attach to the band without all the loose feathery tendrils getting caught in my thread as I tacked it down.
This would look fabulous with other embellishments such as buttons, ribbons, bits of lace, a vintage brooch...the sky's the limit!
This is super cute with these little vintage pumpkin earrings: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436143.msg5252005#msg5252005