They say necessity is the mother of invention. It was the day before Kirin Stakes Day, the FOTF competition had an Embellishment theme and I didn’t have a hat. So, I decided to use an old coat hanger!make your own fascinator coat hanger hat

I know what you’re thinking… why can’t you just PLAN EARLY and save yourself the last-minute rush? A good question. The only reasonable explanation for this common occurrence is that maybe I’m just addicted to the last minute rush feeling?

Finding an Embellished Outfit

Now, it’s no secret that ‘embellishment’ is a favourite theme of mine; I LOVE to bead. I have thousands of beads at home and have been known to spend over 100 hours beading dresses. Adding that beaded touch of detail to an outfit can really give your overall look that extra pizzazz and sparkle.

Slightly panicked, the night before Stakes Day, I looked around my room for an outfit. An outfit that was already embellished. I found the perfect dress, my navy lace dress with billowing feature sleeves. The dress itself is already embellished, as the lace has been cut out and patched onto the dress.

navy and gold lace dress

Excuse my feet, I had to stand on the table to fit the dress in the photo, or am I secretly trying to pursue my foot model career…

What to do about a hat?

With a dress decided upon, the next most important part was the hat. What hat was I going to wear? Knowing I didn’t have time to hire a hat from Millinery Market and, after going through all the Autumn/Winter appropriate hats in my collection, I came to the conclusion.. I would have to make something. STAT!

Scrummaging around my sewing room like a squirrel on a nut hunt, I came across a padded coat hanger. Did I mention being desperate?

black white fabric covered padded coat hanger

This padded coat hanger no longer looked like a mere coat hanger to me….to me it was a beautiful thick crown-like headpiece and I was going to wear it on my head! Why not?

A bit more scrummaging and I found some navy lace, then some navy lining.

navy lace and silk

Next was beads… I used to have a favourite costume jewellery store called Adorne. They always stocked beautiful stone and jewelled necklaces. A few times a year they would have a mega sale, and I would purchase a bunch of necklaces to use later, for the beads. This was one of those times when they came in handy.

bead jewels necklaces

Now to work out how to turn this old hanger into a bedazzled masterpiece…

The coat hanger had padding on the outside and a wooden stick inside. I removed the padding and added some wire inside for extra support.

DIY crafts design fashion

The wire was a little thin, so I wrapped some foam around it.

white foam padding wrapped around wire

foam insert inside coat hanger home made fascinator

I sewed the padded hanger together and covered it with the navy lining.