My Easter plans changed and suddenly I needed to dress up. Who me? My jeans and shirt just would not do. I found a dress, but wanted to dress up even more with a hat. A little fun fascinator! My friends thought it was a great idea too, so grab the scissors and a cereal box and get going.
I did not have time to get proper hat materials, but my trusty stash supplied most the bits. I just purchased veil fabric and some little extras.
You will need:
- Cereal box or cracker box
- Needle and thread
- Hot glue
- Batting or felt
- Fashion fabric
- Hair comb or head band
- Embellishments, flowers, feathers, beads, buttons. I made my flowers out of fabric.
Cut a circle approx 4.25 inches from cardboard, try a tear drop shape. Cut a line to the center and overlap about 1/2 inch and glue. This will create a dome shape. Do not worry about the slight point at the top, it will be covered by embellishments.
Cut batting a 1/2 inch larger than the hat and cut your fabric a bit bigger than the batting. Using a running stitch, gather the edge and shape around the hat smoothing the fabric and avoiding obvious gathers on the top. Then hot glue to the cardboard shape.
Cut a piece of felt smaller than the hat and hot glue to inside of hat. I used felt because it doesn't slip as easily as a smooth fabric.
Stitch the combs or headband to a piece of felt, then glue the felt to the hat. You want some movement of the comb or headband to help attach to your head.
Rough place your flowers or main embellishments. Do not attach yet. I made flowers out of fabric, beads and buttons but you could use silk flowers or any embellishments. Don't forget feathers, spiky things, beads, more buttons, pearls....have fun.
Start with the veil fabric or netting, gather and attach with needle and thread. Then attach your larger items with hot glue and fill in with feathers and small flowers. Dress up and enjoy!