Keeping it Fascinating!


Much anticipated I know…here are the directions for making your first fascinator.  Party coming up? Valentine’s Day – add a little magic to your romance with just the right fascinator at just the right tilt on the head with just the right outfit. These make up fast so beware; you may end up with a shelf full. Ready?

  • Step 1: Draw a 5 1/2” circle on a piece of Lazy Girl Stiff Stuff (if using this product you will need to cut 2 pieces for appropriate thickness). Or, you can use 1 thickness of Pellon’s Peltex 72F Double-Sided Fusible Ultra Firm Stabilizer. Tip: use a small bowl or container of the approximate size to draw your circle. It  makes life easier.)
  • Step 2: Cut out your circle.
  • Step 3: Mark the center of your circle with a dot (you can just eyeball it).
  • Step 4: Next, you want to cut a wedge out of your circle. The wedge should be about 1” at its base and the end point should be about 3/4 of the way to the center point.
  • Step 5: Cut your fabric. You can choose whatever you want. Ours were made with 2 contrasting fabrics and a contrasting binding. Cut 2 circles approximately 6” in diameter from each one of your chosen fabrics for the top and bottom of your fascinator.
  • Step 6: Your fabric will be over the cut out wedge. At this point you want to make your dart at the wedge. You will be manipulating your fascinator into a slight cone shape – think bullet bra or fortune cookie shape. Fold your fabric dart into the bottom of the fascinator.
  • Step 7: Mark the point of your dart with a pin. Sew your dart with a 1/4” seam allowance and end at your pin. Tip: I find that you may want to increase your stitch size a bit to allow for the thickness of your fascinator.
  • Step 8: Cut your binding strip 2” wide and long enough to go around the fascinator.
  • Step 9: Fold the binding together with wrong sides together and press the entire length.
  • Step 10: Place the binding’s raw edge to the raw edge of the top of the fascinator, stitching the binding to the fascinator with a scant 1/4” seam.
  • Step 11: Bring the binding to the inside of the fascinator, clipping it around the fascinator to secure it.
  • Step 12: Top stitch right next to the edge of the binding. That way you don’t have to do any hand sewing.
  • Step 13: Voila! You are done with the basic hat.
  • Step 14: Hot glue a hair clip to the interior of your fascinator.
  • Step 15: Fancy it up! Add tulle, ribbons, feathers (oh yes!) and if you have any stray charms or pieces of costume jewelry, add a little sparkle to your hat by hot gluing it on.

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Betsy & Sue in their Fascinators!

Betsy & Sue in their Fascinators!

Sue and I got together today to plan some posts for the upcoming month. I learned how to make a fascinator and you’ll be able to make one, too. Instructions will be coming soon. This picture of the two of us was taken outside O’Susannah’s Quilt Shop and it started to snow on us – big flakes. It was cold! What’s it like in your neck of the woods? (Betsy’s on the left and Sue’s on the right.)

The Fascinating Sue!


Could it be? Why, yes it could! This is the fascinating Sue of O’Susannah’s and she is modeling her lavender and black fascinator, using Downton Abby fabrics. These are great fun to make and would add some spirit and whimsy to your holiday outfit. Check the shop for more details.