Get Your Glam On! Make a DIY Fascinator Without Breaking the Bank

Donlarrie Couture
by Donlarrie Couture
8 Materials
2 Hours

Fancy yourself a lovely fascinator? You can make your own DIY fascinator with just a few simple materials. Whether you are going to a fancy dress or just want to get your sophisticated game on, you can make a fascinator that’s both charming and inexpensive. You will be amazed at how quick it is, making it both fun and easy for beginners. Let’s get the party started!

Tools and materials:

  • Fabrics (preferably something fun with print, too) - half yard
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Headband
  • Padding/ very thick interfacing
  • 9-inch plate
  • Tape measure
  • Feathers
  • Button
How to make a fascinator

Cut your interfacing

Using a 9-inch plate as a guide, draw around your interfacing using a pen. Next, cut out the interfacing while folded so that you are left with two separate, round pieces.

Easy DIY fascinator

Cut out your fabric

Using the interfacing as a guide, cut out your fabrics, leaving about an inch seam allowance. Once done, take your fabric and simply cut it around the other piece of fabric. You should now have two pieces of interfacing and two cut pieces of fabric.

Make a fascinator

Fold and cut the interfacing

Fold one of your interfacings into even quarters; first fold in half, and half again so that you have a triangular pizza-shape. Take your marker and mark the middle.

Make a DIY fascinator

Open your interfacing, and with a ruler, draw a straight line downward from the dot you just marked. Next, measure ¾ inch on either side and mark accordingly.

How to make a DIY fascinator

Take out your ruler again and draw a straight line; starting from the dot on top and drawing downward until the line touches one of the dots on the side. Repeat the step for the second dot. You should now have drawn a thin pizza, triangular slice.

Cut out triangles

Take both your interfacing and cut out the elongated triangle you just drew.

Staple interfacing together

Staple interfacing

On one of the interfacing pieces, take both sides of the tip and fold them together; creating a slightly raised, dome-like structure on the interfacing itself. Staple the sides together so it stays in place.

Tape the gap closed

Next, tape the gap closed.

Glue the fabric

Glue the fabric and interfacing

Working quickly, so that the glue doesn’t dry out, squeeze the glue out and rub it on the interfacing with the pointy part facing up.

Smooth out the edges

Next, take your fabric and carefully lay it in the center of the interfacing. Smoothen it out so there are no creases or bubbles.

Fold the fabric and press

Turn the piece around and glue the edges of the interfacing. Carefully, with your thumbs, press the seam allowance of the fabric. You will notice there’s a lot more fabric than interfacing, so it’s ok if there are a few folds on the edges- no one will see this.

Press the interfacing

For the other piece of fabric, take your second piece of interfacing and press it down onto the fabric.

Cut a slit and glue down

Cut a slit in the middle of the triangular shape and glue the edges accordingly. Once that’s done, add glue along the edge of the interfacing and fold the fabric over, just as you did in the previous step.

Glue both sides

Glue the sides together; creating a subtle dome-shaped structure.

Glue the headband

Add the headband

Now it’s time to glue on the headband. This step is fairly simple, just make sure you have the correct placement. Pick a side where you’d like the fascinator to be placed and go ahead and generously add glue to the headband.

Stick the headband

Place the headband on the inside of the fabric piece you just created in the previous step. Make sure to place it where it curves, right on the pointed part of the fabric.

Sew on the fabric piece

With a needle and thread, sew the headband to the fabric, making sure it's securely in place should the glue fail to keep it upright.

Cover the glue area

Take a piece of fabric ( the same fabric to which you just sewed the headband) and make a neat little fold. Place it on the plastic part of the headband and stitch around; this will hide the glue and stitch area, giving it a wonderful, finished look.

Glue feathers to headpiece

Add feathers

A fascinator is nothing special if you don’t have extravagant feathers propped up on the side. Take some feathers and glue them on the side of the fabric piece that is not attached to the headband. Be sure to attach it somewhere close to the point of the piece.

Glue more feathers

Take your second set of feathers and glue it adjacent to the first set, giving your fascinator a dramatic vibe.

Finish with a large button

I wanted to hide the part where the feathers meet, and so I took a big plastic button-like piece and sewed it in the middle of the feather structure.

Glue both pieces together

Glue both pieces together

Glue both pieces of your fascinator headpiece together. Generously lay glue all over the headpiece. Match the triangular pieces you cut out on both pieces and firmly press it down against the piece with the headband.  

Beautiful DIY Fascinator

How beautiful is this easy DIY fascinator? It totally looks store-bought. This is an inexpensive and clever way to make a fascinator and guess what? No one needs to know that it didn’t cost much. We’ll keep this secret between us! Shhh!

Suggested materials:
  • Fabric
  • Glue
  • Scissors
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  • Debi O'Brien Debi O'Brien on Mar 27, 2021

    very creative

  • Skshort Skshort on Mar 27, 2021

    If I were not a country girl who never goes anywhere I'd need it, I'd TOTALLY be making one of these in a bright color! This is a beautiful project and it looks smashing on you.