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How to Make a Fabulous Feather Fascinator

comments (2) May 20th, 2009     

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erika_kern Erika Kern, contributor
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Feathers and a vintage button add sophisticated glamour to your bridal ensemble.
Add a bit of tulle as a veil and youre ready for your big day!
Cut two pieces of felt 7-3/4 inches by 3-1/4 inches with curved corners for the base of your headpiece. To add stiffness to your support, iron the felt with spray starch.
Feathers and a vintage button add sophisticated glamour to your bridal ensemble.

Feathers and a vintage button add sophisticated glamour to your bridal ensemble.

Photo: Erika Kern

I'm a firm believer that every bridal ensemble needs a beautiful headpiece. Now these toppers can be a bit pricey, but with a little clever ingenuity you can create a feather headpiece for nothing at all!

Here's what you'll need:

  • White felt (I used a wool/rayon blend)
  • Spray starch
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Floral wire
  • White thread
  • Thin ribbon
  • Sewing machine
  • Feathers (I used white feathers and guinea feathers)
  • Fabri-Tac fabric glue
  • Pearl floral picks (optional)
  • Large button
  • Multisurface glue (I like E-6000)

Cut two pieces of felt 7-3/4 inches by 3-1/4 inches with curved corners for the base of your headpiece. To add stiffness to your support, iron the felt with spray starch.

Use white wrapped floral wire to add flexibility to your headpiece. I wrapped three lengths of wire together to give it extra support. Bend the wire into the shape of your felt, placing it about 5/8 inch in from the border of your felt. Tack it down with thread.

On the nonwired side, sew two strips of ribbon along the top and bottom of your felt piece, sewing down at 1-inch intervals forming loops for bobby pins.

Sew together the two felt pieces with the wire on the inside and the ribbon on the outside, using your sewing machine and a 3/8-inch seam allowance. Trim off the excess with scissors or pinking shears.


Begin adding feathers. It's best to lay out the pattern you want before you start gluing. I started with white feathers at the base, letting them overhang about an inch.

I used guinea feathers to add a bit of interest to my headpiece. I love the polka-dotted look of them and think they add a little sophistication to the piece. I also used some pearl accents between the first and second layers of white feathers.

Continue filling in the feathers until you reach the middle. Finish your headpiece by gluing a pretty button into the center.

Cut a piece of tulle 24 inches by 9 inches to make a fingertip veil. Curve the edge that will be around the face, and pleat the edge at the headpiece. Use pins to figure out how you want the veil to lie, then attach it with a few stitches.

Once your veil is attached, you're ready to dazzle down the aisle.
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Comments (2)

UniqueBoutique writes: love it. I'm going to have a bash
Posted: 5:54 pm on August 4th
Amyers writes: This is so pretty!!!
Posted: 7:43 am on May 21st
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