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Lola loves… an easy to make 1950s fascinator

Handmaking your own fascinator, 1950s style

Handmaking your own fascinator, 1950s style

As promised, here’s the fascinator I made for the recent wedding, which I blogged about yesterday. I went for a 1950s style to match my outfit (I was going for Mad Men of course, who wouldn’t).

In terms of how-tos, there’s little to tell you about this project — it’s simply a matter of choosing your colours, buying your individual items and fashioning them together.

I cheated and bought a ready-made teardrop shaped sinamay fascinator base, but next time I’ll be good and hand make one, honest!

I made a red velvet bow a la Elsie Larson for the back and attached faux (okay, obviously plastic) cherries to the back to add a fun, rockabilly element. I also stitched netting to the front and a hair comb on the underneath of the base to secure it to my hair.

What do ya think? I loved making it and have the distinct feeling I’ll be making more. In fact, I may start a revolution; let’s get women wearing fascinators more often! They’re all too easily limited to weddings and the confines of our own homes and quite frankly, it’s weird (but wonderful) wearing one while doing housework!

 Here’s another one I made recently. Have you got any tips or examples of homemade fascinators?
Here's the top of the handmade 1950s fascinator

Here’s the top of the handmade 1950s fascinator

...And here's the back of the handmade 1950s fascinator

…And here’s the back of the handmade 1950s fascinator

Lola Loves… A good old handmade wedding

There have been weddings galore within my circle of friends recently. We’re at the age that we’ve started, couple by couple, to realise we’re now adults and should grow up accordingly.

The latest wedding belonged to a couple I’ve already blogged about. They had a formal wedding earlier in the year (remember, I made this blanket for them?). This time they had a pagan wedding blessing festival for friends – and flipping amazing it was too. Here’s a pic of the lovely couple.

The happy couple at their crafty wedding

The happy couple at their crafty wedding

It was a very crafty affair. Claire, the brains and beauty behind the pretty vintage dress company, Prince Lilly, refashioned the bride’s dress into something even more stunning than it already was (the fur stole became a trim at the base of the dress and she added tiny handmade fabric roses and feather tufts).

Two other slices of genius in female form, Margarida and Elsbeth, made some of the most special cupcakes I’ve ever seen (my boyfriend got so excited about these that he stole a ‘midnight-snack stash’ and smuggled them to our room in a tea towel. Don’t worry, I told him off for it – before snaffling two in a row!).

The theme of the wedding was a suitable pagan ‘four elements’, so Margarita and Elsbeth made four types of cake, my faves were the carrot cupcakes, which were decorated with icing sugar foliage and bugs representing earth and chilli-chocolate cupcakes, adorned with fire-breathing dragons.

The bride spent hours making  amazing four elements masks, which everyone wore during the ceremony.

The fur stole was sewn onto the trim of the wedding dress to make a trail

The fur stole was sewn onto the trim of the wedding dress to make a trail

One of the amazing masks, which the Bride hand-crafted

One of the amazing masks, which the Bride hand-crafted

Two of the delicious homemade cupcakes

Two of the delicious homemade cupcakes

Obviously, I didn’t want to be left out of the craft fun. I did my bit during the day by styling the bride’s hair (why she let me, I still don’t know) but beforehand I made these crafty gifts. I gave the bride a dual-pendant necklace, the groom a pair of cufflinks, and each of them a keyring. They are really just a bit of fun and a memento of their first and official wedding, when they chose 80s comic book character, Lion-O, and Star Wars’ Princess Leia as wedding cake toppers.

The bride and groom's first wedding cake and toppers

The bride and groom’s first wedding cake and toppers

Crafty handmade cufflinks using polymer clay and resin

Crafty handmade cufflinks using polymer clay

Lion-O and Leia pendants made with polymer clay and resin

Lion-O and Leia pendants made with polymer clay and resin

Handmade and personalised keyrings made with polymer clay and resin

Handmade and personalised keyrings made with polymer clay and resin

Handmade gift boxes

Handmade gift boxes

Cross stitched personalised sampler wedding card

Cross stitched personalised sampler wedding card

I also handmade the card boxes using a template I found here. I secured it with a bit of garden sting and some oh-so-cute ribbon that was free on the cover of Mollie Makes (issue 15).  I also stitched a wedding sampler and made it into a wedding card

Tomorrow, I’ll post on the fascinator I made for the wedding day. And in the meantime, I’ll think of what to make for the wedding next month – any ideas?

Lola loves… the Love Blanket

I was a bit sad to hand over the love blanket (yes, I named it. Yes, we bonded) but I hope that’s the sign of it being a good present.

I gave this to some lovely friends of mine on their wedding day, they had asked for a donation to their honeymoon fund (Thailand. Three weeks. Lucky buggers), which I happily obliged with but wanted to do something extra that was heartfelt but not budget-busting.

I bought two fleece blankets, a white one  that I embroidered, and a red one that I sewed to the back of the white one to hide the reverse side (which to be honest was a bit messy!)

All of the embroidery designs were from an iron-on kit by Sublime Stitching, which costs $5  and has full instructions.

I also bought some felt for the appliqué heart and used embroidery threads that I already had, so in total it was a pretty inexpensive gift.

They seemed to like it and have decided to hang it on their wall. I was thinking it would only be used on the occasional winter night or for movie watching so I’m happy, though I did have a romantic notion of their not-yet-conceived kids snuggling underneath it, so I hope it makes it down eventually. I have a crochet blanket made by my great-grandmother, which I snuggled under for comfort when I was ill – it is called the sick blanket (don’t worry, it was never covered in sick). It was, and still is, a very special blanket and I had that in mind when I made this.

I chose an appliqué heart and ribbon and embroidered swallows to ‘hold’ them, partly because I’m  into tattoo designs and because they’re a young and trendy couple, so I thought they’d enjoy it.

I machine-sewed the heart and ribbon with a secure zig-zag stitch  and then trimmed any edges.

It took a fair while to embroider this but it was a lovely project to work on. I even took it in the bus to sew on the way to work (I live in London so it’s always a long and public commute). As it was winter it kept me nice and snug as I sewed!

Here’s the couple on their beautiful day – they make quite a dapper pair, don’t they? You’ll see that the wedding dress is different to what I embroidered as, quite rightly, that was all kept secret until the day, but I was lucky enough to catch a look at the groom’s outfit before as he needed me to take up the trouser hem.

The heart matched the homemade fascinator  I wore on the day too!

It was an incredibly beautiful day and I’m really pleased to have made a special keepsake for them.

Lola loves… a personalised fascinator

Recently, I went to the very special wedding of a very lovely pair of friends. I knew the wedding would be unique and creative and wanted to do something in keeping with those sentiments. Of course, I felt the urge to whip out my needle and knock something up.

What you will need:
A hair slide (the small comb type)
Fabric for the heart (or whatever shape you choose)
Fabric for the ribbon (I chose light grey felt)
Black felt
Embroidery thread in a colour contrasting to the ribbon fabric
Padding (optional)
Embroidery hoop (optional)

Making this was easy, though maybe a little time consuming. To start, I drew a ribbon shape onto a piece of grey felt. I embroidered the lovely couple’s names before cutting the shape. I found it a lot easier to sew the felt using an embroidery hoop and then cut it out, rather than to try holding and sewing a wee scrap of fabric.

Next I made the heart. To do this, mark up and cut out a heart shape from a scrap of cardboard. You can double up the card if it’s quite thin. Then glue some toy padding to one side of the heart shape. This gives it a nice thick squishy feel, but you can leave it out if you want. Then take another piece of fabric, slightly larger than the heart, and cover the padded side with it, gluing it down on the underside. I started with the v-shape dip at the top of the heart, which made sure there were no nasty folds of fabric. I chose a fabric that matched the dress I wore. Yup, it did take a while to find a matching colour (you can’t quite see in the pic but it’s a fiddly ‘Is it blue? Is it purple’ colour) but it was worth it, I think.

I then used the heart as a template to mark up and cut out another heart from black felt. I stuck this to the back of the heart to cover up the messy underside. Then I simply sewed the netting and the comb to the back of the heart, making sure that both were a position that would look good once it was on.

I felt little bubbles of excitement every time I looked at those embroidered names in the run up to the big day! It’s a bit sad that the fascinator’s life was so short-lived — I realise I’d look like some kind of couple stalker if I ever chose to wear it again — but it burned brightly before snuffing it. In fact, the wedding guests papped it so often it felt famous!

Here’s me doing a trial run of the fascinator and hair do (I went for victory rolls in the top section of hair and loose curls in the bottom).

Lola loves… Blighty style bunting!

Here’s some oh-so-simple bunting I made in honour of our recently betrothed Royals. The nation has gone bunting mad, but I can see why – it’s quick, cheap and easy to make, but looks pretty darn cute.

Okay, so it’s pretty self obvious how to make bunting, but here’s how I did it for those too lazy to think…

I used off-cuts of wallpaper from B&Q (hey, it’s not stealing, I may decide to wallpaper my walls at some point). Using a template I then drew triangle shapes, two for each triangle so that two can be stuck together making the bunting pretty from both sides.

First, I used a template to mark bunting shapes

I then stuck the triangles together (pretty side up, of course), leaving the top without glue so that I could stick the string to them later. I trimmed the edges of any that didn’t fit quite perfectly.

Stick the pairs together leaving a section at the top

Once all the pairs are stuck and have dried, then simply attached string or ribbon by gluing it at the top where you have left it unglued.
Leave to dry again and hang it up! Mine looked very pretty in the garden with home-made tea lights.


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