How to Make a Felt Carnation Fascinator
I’ve lost count of the times I’ve excitedly scoured the shops with the intention of purchasing a beautiful fascinator for an important wedding event; only to walk home empty handed and glum.
My reasons? The price of fascinators is astronomical! I just can’t justify it! So, to nail this problem on the head, (so to speak), I’ve written a wonderful tutorial on how to make your own very special, very pretty fascinator that will cost next to nothing to make.
I’ve kept this tutorial really simple and easy to follow, but you can go as crazy as you like with your lovely creation, you may even wish to add feathers to your list of supplies. I think that whatever colour you choose to make your carnation, you’ll be very pleased with the results!
1. Use the template below to cut out eight circular carnation petal shapes.
2. To make life easier, cut the basic shape from the template whilst pinned.
3. Remove the template and pins and then simply snip V-shaped pieces out of the ends.
4. Fold each circle in half.
5. Fold one end back into the centre. Hold it firmly and fold the second end back on itself in the other direction, (a bit like a concertina).
6. You should have eight individual pieces that look like the below.
7. Place three of your shapes together and sew the ends securely to each other. Repeat this with the next three pieces of carnation.
8. Put the two sewn halves together and sew them securely together. It should like this! As you can see from the photo, there is a gap in the middle.
9. Use the two remaining petal pieces to fill this gap and sew them into place.
Top Tip!…You could add a length of floristry wire so that you have a carnation on a stem to add to your bridal bouquet.
10. To turn you felt flower into a fascinator you’ll need a length of ribbon (I’ve used green for a really fresh flowery look), an Alice band, your finished carnation flower and a circular piece of felt cut slightly smaller than the diameter of your flower.
11. Make a loop at one end of your ribbon and sew to secure.
Top Tip!….Before securing with thread, hold you flower, centred, over the join of your ribbon to insure you’re happy with the amount of ribbon on show.
12. Keep looping the ribbon and secure each loop with a bit of sewing. Repeat this process until you have five equally sized loops. Snip any ends so that it’s nice and neat.
13. Add a generous dab of fabric glue to the entire surface of the small circle, the centre of the carnation and the centre of the ribbon.
14. Stick the ribbon to the centre of the carnation, position both parts onto the side of the Alice band, and stick the small circle over the the underside, so that it covers the bottom of the band/ribbon/carnation. Press everything firmly together and leave to dry.
15. Your fascinator is now complete!