How to Make a Fascinator Hat

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A bit of a veil over the eyes makes a charming fashion accessory. It adds mystery and allure to an evening outfit, but a veil-style fascinator is also an appropriate substitute for a hat during the day. Fascinators are not quite hats and more than decorated combs. A bit of interesting veiling and a comb are all you need to make a veil-style fascinator. Brides often wore this type of veil for informal weddings in the '50s and '60s.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Veiling or lace
  • Needle
  • Matching thread
  • 3-inch comb

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  1. 1

    Cut a 14-by-6-inch price of decorative lace or veiling.

  2. 2

    Gather the top edge by hand with a needle and thread until it is 3 inches wide, by making running stitches about 1/4 inch long 1/4 inch from the edge and pulling the net together along the thread. You may have to vary the size of your stitches depending on the net you selected.

  3. 3

    Lay gathered edge over the straight edge of a 3-inch wide comb.

  4. 4

    Sew the gathered edge to the comb, wrapping the thread over the raw edge of the fabric and around the straight edge of the comb and going from one end of the comb to the other. Knot the thread and cut off the excess.

  5. 5

    Wear the fascinator by sticking the comb into the hair at the crown of your head and pulling the veil down over your eyes.

Tips and warnings

  • Sew seed beads, the smallest size of glass beads, to the veil for added sparkle.

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