1920s inspired fascinators

by Marni Franks

With Melbourne Cup next week here’s some fascinators you can whip up in no time at all!

Materials for black headband

20cm (8in) black net or tulle

60cm (24in) of 25mm (1in) black elastic

10cm (4in) of 120mm (5in) black fringing

6 black biot feathers 17cm (7in)

50mm (2in) diamanté buckle

Tools

Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Sewing machine

Hand sewing needle

Black thread

Tape measure

Assembly

Measure around your head where you want the headband to sit. From that measurement minus 2-3cm and cut the 25mm black elastic to size. Using you sewing machine and overlapping the ends of the elastic, stitch in a square sealing all sides of the elastic.

Fold the ends of the 10cm of black fringing back to hide the raw edges, and stitch it to the elastic centering it over the join.

With the 20cm of black tulle, fold it in half matching the selvedges. Fold in half again and gently scrunch it up. Thread one end of the tulle through the 50mm diamanté buckle, and slide the buckle into the centre to make a bow.

Using the hot glue gun, glue the 6 biot feathers to the back of the buckle/bow and allow the glue to cool.

Once the glue is cool hand sew the bow/buckle/feathers to the elastic centring it over the fringing.

 Your headband is ready to wear.

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Materials for colourful headband

15cm (6in) cerise chiffon

7cm (3in) sequined motif

60cm (24in) 25mm (1in) elastic lace

3, 17cm (8in) teal tiger tuft feathers

5, 12cm (5in) purple tiger tuft feathers

Tools

Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Sewing machine

Hand sewing needle

Black thread

Tape measure

Assembly

Measure around your head where you want the headband to sit. From that measurement minus 2-3cm and cut the 25mm black elastic to size. Using you sewing machine and overlapping the ends of the elastic, stitch in a square sealing all sides of the elastic.

Lengthen the straight stitch on your machine and sew 1/4in from one raw edge of the cerise chiffon a running stitch. Tie off one ends threads in a reef knot. Pulling the bobbin thread gently gather the chiffon into a circle. Bunch up the edges and hand-sew them into the centre making a rough heart shape.

Hand-stitch the chiffon to the join on the lace elastic.

Using the hot glue gun glue the 3 teal feathers onto the chiffon – one in the centre and one to either side of the centre. Then glue the 5 purple feathers on in the same manner, using the photograph as a guide. Finally glue the sequined motif over the ends of the feathers making sure the narrowest point of the motif is facing up.

Allow the glue to cool and your headband is ready to wear.

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