Royal Wedding DIY: Make Your Own Fascinator

In case you hadn’t heard, we’ve been busy making outfits for the Royal Wedding Sew-Along. The big day—May 19th—is almost here! It’s not too late to consider adding the perfect accessory for your ensemble. The fascinator is more prevalent in the UK than it is here in the States (we only tend to see women wearing them to things like the Kentucky Derby),  but we’d get behind a movement to start wearing them again. They’re cute and perky, right?!

Royal Wedding fascinators
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Fortunately, you don’t need to spend a lot of money on your first fascinator. Just make it yourself! Here are four examples of easy fascinators that can be made with a little sewing or a little gluing.

Royal Wedding fascinators

This Pillbox Fascinator above was made using Yaya Han’s fascinator pattern for McCall’s. M7643 features five designs; we made View D with a contrast veil and chain detail on the front.

Royal Wedding fascinators

This Flower Fascinator is so simple to make—no special bow-tying skills required. Click here for complete how-tos.

Royal Wedding fascinators

This Ribbon Infinity Fascinator comes together really quickly. Perfect for beginners! Click here for instructions.

Royal Wedding fascinators

This Sparkle Fascinator calls for pretty ribbon and no more than beginner-level skills. Find the directions here.

Have you made or worn a fascinator before? Leave us a comment and let us know! #RoyalWeddingDIY

  1. I belong to a small Red Hats group, and have made and worn several kinds of fascinators. Other ladies have beautiful decorated hats, but hats don’t look right on me so I prefer the fascinators! Plus they’re fun to make. I’ve made some with clips that will clip into my hair or onto a headband with a ribbon made to hold a clip in place. You can also add your decorations/flowers onto a claw-type hair clip. They’re lots of fun!

  2. Fascinators are adorable! I personally would like to see ALL feminine hats come back for all occasions and every day. We ladies gave them up too quickly – at 60, I’ve just discovered that even with sunglasses on, a hat brim over my face keeps the sun out of my eyes, and I don’t have to squint up my eyes!!! I have enough of my own natural experience lines on my face to not need to add any more by squinting!

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