The DIY Desktop: Flirty Butterfly Fascinator Tutorial with Mme B’s Boutique

Good afternoon, DIY-loving brides. Today we have a very special tutorial that’s really easy to follow and produces beautiful results. The marvellous Beth Paton of Mme B’s Boutique has very kindly agreed to show us all how to make a fabulous fascinator from vintage materials and (of course) feathers.

Being a jeweller and milliner (and generally designer of all things pretty), Beth specialises in using old or broken pieces and making something new and wonderful.

This fascinator tutorial is a great one for guests and bridesmaids, and the colours can easily be adapted for the more quirky and unique bride! Beth has put together a great step-by-step guide, so please enjoy and why not share your creations with us later on in the comment box or on Twitter? (@Mme_B_Boutique and @TheVintageVeil)

This tutorial will show you how to create your own simple fascinator from recycled and vintage materials.

You will need:

 Scissors

 Needle & thread

 Pins

 Superglue or hot glue gun

 Small strip of fabric just big enough to cover your comb/clip, treated with fabric stiffener

Lace or ribbon (at least 0.5m long in case of mistakes)

Feather(s)

Fabric butterfly (buy from a charity/vintage shop or make your own from fabric remnants )

Decorative button

 Hair comb or clip

 Pinking shears & fray guard (optional)

First, take your comb or clip and use a little glue to fix your fabric strip to the top as shown. This will give you a good base to sew or glue things to later. Trim the ends, fold under and glue in place so they won’t show, and leave the whole thing to dry completely.

To make the flower, take your length of lace or ribbon and a good, long piece of thread and sew one stitch through the end. Thread your needle back through the loop before you pull it tight, then sew two more stitches in the same place. These anchoring stitches will keep your thread in place and stop it unravelling.

Sew a running stitch along the edge, spacing the stitches about 1cm apart. You can vary the width of stitch for different sized ruffles (smaller stitches = smaller, tighter ruffles). Keep going for about 28-30cm.

Gently pull on the end of the thread like a drawstring, adjusting the ruffles as you go.

 

Once you are happy with how it looks, stitch the ends in using the anchoring technique shown in step 2. Trim the end of your lace or ribbon, but don’t trim the end of the thread – you will need it in a minute! If you’re using ribbon, you may wish to either use pinking shears to trim the end and/or dab on a little fray guard to keep it neat.

Use the remaining length of thread to sew your button to your flower. Stitch through your button several times to make sure it’s fastened securely. Finish with more anchoring stitches on the underside of your flower so they won’t show, and trim off any loose threads.

Top Tip: Before you fix anything to your clip or comb, it’s a good idea to lay it out on the table first to see how you want it to look. If you want to be really sure, try pinning everything in place, putting it in your hair and doing a quick mirror check.

In my experience, glue and feathers don’t mix, so it’s best to sew them on instead. Start by sewing some anchoring stitches into the fabric strip you fixed to your clip/comb earlier.

Holding the feather firmly in place (use pins if necessary), stitch over and under the quill so that the thread wraps tightly around it, making sure you’re catching the fabric with each stitch. Don’t worry if it looks untidy as your stitches will be hidden. – it’s much more important to make sure that the feather is firmly attached. Give it a bit of a yank to make sure it’s secure, then finish with some more anchoring stitches and trim the ends. Repeat this process if you’re adding more than one feather.

Sew your flower in place, covering up stitches you’ve just made to secure your feather(s). As in step eight, start with a few anchoring stitches. Stitch through the underside of your flower several times to secure it, then finish with more anchoring stitches and trim the ends.

Finally, use the same technique to fix your butterfly to the comb/clip, concentrating your stitches on the underside of the butterfly’s body. If you want to make it more secure, you can add extra stitches or glue underneath the head as well, but only use a tiny bit of glue or a small stitch to keep it hidden.

Congratulations! You’ve just made your own beautiful fascinator, perfect for all those weddings and parties coming up in the spring and summer. Why not make a few of them in different colours to match different outfits? Comment here or tweet @Mme_B_Boutique to show me your fabulous creations!

Credits:

 Feathers from Snooper’s Paradise, Brighton

 Button and lace from Oxford Antique & Craft Market

 Fabric from Oxfam

 Comb from Parkin Fabrics

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