How to Make a Feather Headbandcomments (10) October 27th, 2008
Some Project Runway judges thought Kenley’s garments looked like other designers’ clothes. Well, I make no bones about it. I’ve been enchanted with her feather headbands and have been seeing them in boutiques and department stores for $40 and up. I figured I could whip up my own, decidedly blue-collar version using turkey and pheasant feathers my mom has been collecting for me.
What you’ll need:
- Small piece of sturdy fabric (I used black denim)
- Fusible interfacing
- Variety of feathers
- Hot-glue gun
- Vintage button
- Skinny headband (I used a faux-leather one from Goody)
Step 1: With a sharp pair of scissors, cut your fabric and interfacing in a circle with a 3-inch diameter. I used the bottom of a drinking glass to trace the circle on the fabric. Following the fusible interfacing’s directions, iron the fusing to your fabric with the appropriate heat setting.
Step 2: Now plan out your headdress. Cut and layer feathers around the circular piece. When you have it arranged to your satisfaction (I laid out bigger feathers on the bottom and layered smaller, more delicate flowers on top), get out the glue gun. Add a healthy dollop of glue to the backs of the feathers and affix to the fabric (the fusing should be face down), starting with the bottom layer and working your way to the top. I used a spiral design so the quills all ended up in the middle of the circle. To cover all the quills, select a vintage button, add hot glue to its back, and press firmly into the center of the headdress.
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