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How to Make a Fascinator: Race Day DIY

Fashion on the field is all about the fascinators. We show you how a simple headband can be transformed into your own pretty, stylish racing accessory in this easy video tutorial.

No race-day outfit is complete without the right headpiece to top it off. Get crafty and make your own with this quick fascinator DIY, using fabric off-cuts and only a few no-fuss materials.

Watch Mimma Gatto, Course Coordinator of Fashion & Interior Design at Open Colleges, show off her expertise in millinery and bridal couture in this one-minute video:

The best thing about this project? It’s endlessly customisable. Choose any colour scheme, fabric, and add-ons you like, following the latest trackside trends or getting creative with your own. If you’re in need of inspiration, take a look at our round-up of the hottest trends from Melbourne Spring Fashion Week:


  • Scissors
  • Headband
  • Fabric off-cuts, e.g. lace, tulle, veiling.
  • Pins
  • Thread
  • Glue
  • Paper flower cut-outs 

Step by step:

  1. Cut 9 fabric flowers. You will need 3 smaller, 3 medium and 3 larger, using a mix of the different fabrics you have on hand. Use our template as a guide, or adjust to suit your needs.
  2. Arrange from largest to smallest, creating 3 stacks of flowers that each have a small, medium and large flower in them.
  3. Secure with thread. Sew each stack together with needle and thread in the centre. Don’t cut off the thread yet.
  4. Give the flower shape. With the thread and needle still hanging from the flower, scrunch the “petals” to give a bit of volume.
  5. Wrap and tie thread around the base. Pinching the centre of the flower on the side that will face down, pick up the thread and wrap it around the pinched section to form a stem. Tie firmly and cut your thread.
  6. Pin your flowers to the headband. At this point, it’s a good idea to try the fascinator on to check the placement of the flowers.
  7. Hand-sew your flowers to secure them after you’re happy with your arrangement.
  8. Pin veiling onto headband if you are using it.
  9. Hand-sew veiling.
  10. Glue on beads or buttons as desired. You could also add feathers, jewels, or more veiling.