Fascinator Headband Tutorial

Yesterday, I posted a tutorial for the Dottie Dropwaist Dress after being inspired by the 1920’s and the Great Gatsby. With that dress post, I also made a fascinator styled headband to add to the style of the flappers in the 1920’s.
I am obsessed with headbands, hats, fascinators so making one was a no brainer for me. Head jewelry is so fun and dresses you up instantly.

Close up of the one made to go with the dress

After interest was expressed in the headband, I decided to make another one. How kind (I mean, selfish) of me. this means putting off housework to add to my obsession. The husband was thrilled, NOT!

So here is a quick tutorial on how you can make your own. You can use anything you desire. Fabric, ribbon, elastic, lace, bias tape (like I will show you how to use, crochet headband. What you choose to use as the band is up to you. I made mine with bias tape and will show you how bias tape can be used for a fitted slide on headband.

Materials:
Headband material 
(for this tutorial, you will use bias tape)
scrap fabric for flower
embellishments (I used feathers)
tulle
hot glue
hot glue gun
thread
measuring tape
Step 1: Measure head for headband around back of head to front. This is designed to slide over hair with the top worn very close to bang area. 
Measure that big brain of yours (or your child)
Step 2: Cut the bias tape with half an inch extra. So head measured 20 inches, you will cut 20 1/2 inches of the bias tape.
Step 3: Unfold bias tape all the way, and pin ends together. You will be sewing this together to form the band.
Your bias tape should be trying to fold back in  if pinned correctly. 
Step 4: Once the bias tape is sewn together, fold the tape back together in half. 
Fold the bias tape back together. Now it should be one seamless piece.
Step 5: Sew the bias tape together so that it is closed all the way around.
Sew bias tape closed. This is form the headband  base.
Step 6: Cut tulle 10 inches wide and 12 inches long. Tulle from the roll should work perfect for this. 
Pinch the tulle in half so that is appears gathered together at the fold.
Pinch tulle together and fold in half

Keep the tulle pinched together so that the bottom is gathered
Step 7: While keeping the halves pinched together, glue a dot on the headband and attach the tulle to that spot. You may need to add more hot glue to ensure that the tulle stays together in a gather.
Glue the gathered end to the headband. Add more glue as needed
Step 8: I used feathers as my embellishment this time. Grab desired amount. For me 3 is the perfect amount to get the look I was trying to achieve.
Glue one feather in the middle

Then add other feathers in color or arrangement which looks best to you
Step 9: Make the flower or add a silk flower. I made a peony style flower this time. You can find a great tutorial on how to make them here. Once you are done making the flower, put a line of hot glue down the back of the flower and attach over the feathers and onto the headband.
Run a strip of hot glue on back of flower and attach to headband. 
Step 10: Cut a circle to cover the flower. Put hot glue on back of flower on opposite side and put circle over  glue to keep flower stabilized on headband.
Glue a small circle back of flower
Step 11: You should now have a completed fascinator headband. Admire your work and take tons of pictures. If you make the dropwaist dress, you should have a little 1920’s flapper girl of your own. 
Completed headband

My little model was so excited to have another fancy headband.
Once you start, you will want to make dozens!

Enjoy the tutorial, and please send pictures to the flickr group if you like. I would love to see the complete outfits on our future vintage girls.
Have an awesome Sunday and as always, Stay Malicious, Rebels 😉
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