This is an absolutely gorgeous alice band fascinator, very simple to make and you can adapt it to contrast with any outfit or turn it into something a little more bridal. If this is your first time you may want to practice first using a simpler hair decoration. I’ve based this particular style on my vintage ‘Ava’ design.
To start you will need the following items:
- A 12″ x 12″ square of French or Russian netting (or merry widow netting if you prefer)
- An artificial flower, prepared as per this tutorial: http://wp.me/p1LqDN-A (I’ve used a pink peony rose).
- A glue gun and some glue sticks
- A metal or satin covered alice band
- Some contrasting beads for the flower centre (stamens)
- x 2 oval pieces of felt measuring 7.5cm x 5cm
- Some needle and thread
- Thin metal wire (beading wire or floristry wire will do)
- x3 Goose biot feathers (I used dark pink colour to contrast with the flower)
- x 14 or 15 hackle feathers (I used black to contrast)
- A pair of scissors
- A pair of wire pliers (preferably of the multi tool variety)
1. Take your alice band (in this case I used a metal one which was about .5cm width across but this can be any size depending on your preference) and measure 8.5cm from the tip of the base of one side of the alice band upwards as shown by the red arrow – this measurement guides you as to where to stick the first oval felt pad. Mark your alice band with the measurements if it helps.
2. With a steady hand place a line of hot glue along the bottom side of the alice band where your black felt oval pad will be stuck. Secure the black pad to the hot glue and hold it there for a few seconds, taking care not to burn yourself and clear away any excess glue.
3. Take your square net and fold one corner so that it meets the centre, do this again (follow the red arrow as per left pic) with the other side until you have one edge that looks like a triangle. Fold the bottom triangle corner again into the centre so that it looks like the photo on the right.
4. You then need to find the centre of the triangle tip that you’ve just pointed inwards, you need to sew all 3 corners of the folded corners so that they are secured and stay in shape. See the red X on this photo to see where the needle has gone into the corner. You can sew carefully into the tiny diamonds on the netting – taking care to gather these on all corners.
6. Measuring about 5 cm across the edge of your folded triangle, with the sewn point in the centre start to sew a line along the edge where Ive marked on the photo. Sew in and out of the little net diamonds as before.
7. Once you’ve sewn along this edge and tightened up on the thread so that the net gathers you should be left with a shape such as this on the left (it looks a little bit like a Bishop’s hat!). You can position the flower for size on it to see more or less what it’s going to look like.
8. Take your net shape and position it over the felt pad base which you glued to the alice band earlier. You will need to ensure that the centre point (where you scrunched it all up in the middle is also placed on the centre of the felt pad. See the white cross in the pic to the left). You can start to sew it to the top of the pad using rough hemming stitches that don’t penetrate the underside of the pad (or you risk seeing them beneath the pad!)
9. Once the net is secured onto the pad your next step is to add a line of hot glue across the top of the alice band which lies directly over the pad, don’t worry about adding glue to the netting too. Take your second felt pad and stick it to the line of glue, hold down for a few seconds. Remember that with the glue gun less is more so if you want to add more glue along the rest of the edges you can but do this gradually. I tend to leave the longer pad edges slightly ‘flappy’ so that it looks a little more natural.
10. The pic on the left shows you what you should be left with once the felt pads are stuck together over the scrunched net and alice band. The next step is to gather your goose biot feathers (the long ones) and the hackle feathers. Gather the stalks of the feathers so that they are neatly arranged.
11. To create the feather mount take your beading or floristry wire and wrap it around the base of the feathers. You need to do this firmly so that no feathers are left loose. Use the pilers to cut the wire. Place a blob of glue on the centre of the oval felt pad and stick the feather mount securely to the glue.
12. Now is the time to add some pretty beads to the centre of the flower that you previously prepared. Get the glue gun and add a small blob of glue to the centre of the flower to stick just 1 or 2 beads at a time.
13. Once you’ve completed the centre flower beading you’re ready to glue the flower to the top part of the alice band felt pad. Position the green flower base centre so that it lies in the middle of the feather mount (as shown on the left hand pic). Glue this with hot glue and press firmly. Your flower fascinator is now ready to wear…well done!