As part of the June Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop, I am excited to show you the teacup fascinators I made as favors for the Alice in Wonderland, Unbirthday Party.
The theme event was the 4th annual My Favorite Things Party I’ve hosted.
I made a total of 18 fascinators in three different designs (teacup, mini Mad Hatter and floral) — in a variety of colors. They were the primary favor for guests.
First-come, first-pick in the Mad Hatter’s trunk show!
The purpose of the Pinterest Challenge is to motivate all to not just pin, but act on it! You’ll want to read until the end for links to lots of fun projects, recipes and posts by other bloggers. The monthly blog hop is hosted by Erlene of My Pinterventures.
Learn what inspired the teacup fascinators, see examples of the ones I made, and learn how to make one (or more!) yourself.
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When I decided to create teacup fascinators for my guests, I went exploring on Pinterest for inspiration and ideas. I found a number of cute pins ranging from simple to elaborate designs and materials.
My favorites were by from Vanessa the Strange of Japan. The “Did Someone Say TEA?” post was published February, 2010 on the Cut Out + Keep website. But, when I went to see if there was a pattern or tutorial, I read this:
“Have since removed my template from here because people were using it to make and sell these as their own design even after I posted a request not to do so. I do not own the idea of the tea cup hat and was not the first one to make them, but the template was mine and I lent it to those who wanted to make one for their own personal use. Would still love to see everyone else’s version of a tea cup hat though… just make it your own :). Thank you.”
Next, I found an Etsy pdf pattern with accompanying tutorial for $8 by Fiona at Royal House of Whimsy. Seems a reasonable price to pay. You can also purchase a teacup fascinator in different colors. But, I decided to first see if I could come up with my own design and technique, as encourage by Vanessa.
My Cup of Tea
Before I show you how I made the teacup fascinators, let me show you the finished product.
The first one I made was Tiffany blueish, and I made a pair.
The blue teacup fascinators were my “proof of concept,” to test the design and pattern I came up with.
Believe it or not, even though the party was just ten days ago, I made these first two teacup fascinators last August! I usually pick the My Favorite Things Party theme a year in advance, to allow me plenty of time to plan, shop and craft.
When designing the teacup fascinators, I wanted them to look good from the front, back and sides. Basically, all the way around! Here’s the back view:
How to Make Your Own Teacup Fascinators
Whether you want to make teacup fascinators as party favors, as a costume hat, or for a child or adult tea party, there are lots of methods to choose from. What follows, is a step-by-step tutorial of how I did it.
As you can see below, many of the materials came from Dollar Tree and were used for multiple teacup fascinators.
- Clear 5 3/4 plastic plate: Dollar Tree (8 for $1)
- Clear 9 oz. plastic tumbler: Dollar Tree (10 for $1)
- Fabric (about 18″ x 15″)
- Netting (scrap)
- Foam or stiff felt (scrap)
- Headband: Dollar Tree (3 fabric-covered or 5 plastic for $1)
- Piece of rick-rack (about 9″ length)
- Feather boa (cut about 6-9″ section): Dollar Tree
- Cardstock sheet (scrap piece)
- Floral foam (scrap piece)
- Assorted silk florals
- Silver plastic mini spoons: Dollar Tree (24 for $1)
- Mini rose: Michael’s or other craft store
- Mini glue sticks (probably 2/per hat)
Many supplies like the netting, card stock, floral foam, silk florals and mini roses were mostly from my craft stash of leftovers from other projects.
When all was said and done (including if I had purchased the leftover craft materials — particularly the florals), I probably spent about $5 per teacup fascinator.
The finished hat had to be lightweight to wear on the head and balance in place. Here you can see a number of the ladies comfortably moving around the beverage stations in their teacup fascinators.
Most fascinator tutorials for teacups and mini Mad Hatter style hats call for using a cardboard, cardstock or stiff foam base. I used a clear plastic tumbler for the teacup and a plastic dessert plate for the saucer.
Each was covered in fabric using a cool temperature glue gun (recommended for use with fabric, paper, etc.).
The fabric I used for the teacup fascinators were all very small prints — to resemble a floral pattern you might see on real china. It was not easy to find tiny prints! The blue pattern came from Joann’s quilting section. Pink with little butterflies and the purple fabric were found at Pat Catan’s.
Next, I cut out a large circle of fabric to cover the plastic plate and create the teacup saucer. Using a round tray as a template, I simply traced in pencil onto the fabric, and then cut out the circle.
The size was bigger than needed, but worked. You could definitely make a smaller circle to save on fabric. After that, place the fabric right side down, with the plastic plate centered on top. The plate should also be right side down.
Using a glue gun, attach the fabric to the plastic plate.
“Pleat” the fabric as you work around, so that it lays flat on the reverse side.
Attaching the Headband
To attach the headband to the saucer, I cut a roughly egg-shaped piece from either a sheet of foam or stiff felt sheets (Joann’s). Using an Exacto-knife, I cut two small slits.
Next, the foam was hot-glued to the bottom of the saucer. Eventually, the headband was slipped through the two slots.
Now, flip the completed saucer over for attaching the teacup.
Embellish Underside of Saucer
This part you will have to play around with, as I did. First cut a roughly 12″ circle of netting. Then “gather” or pleat as you hot-glue it to the underside of saucer. Be careful not to cover the center foam egg slits. Attach the netting in what would be the front, or forehead part of the face.
More netting was added to create a poof, in what would be the back of the teacup fascinators.
For an additional flourish, I cut a section of white or pink boa to add feathers to one side of the saucer. Other times, I added odds and end pieces of ribbon and/or lace to trail down the back of the head.
I didn’t take any pictures of covering the plastic tumbler with fabric. Or, if I did I can’t find them — sorry! Let me explain the process.
- Create a fabric pattern piece by rolling the cup one full rotation on paper; tracing as you go. Then add another 1/3″ or so margin along the top, bottom and one of the two ends.
- Trace the bottom of the cup for the second pattern piece.
- Cut out both patterns in fabric.
- Hot glue the fabric along the outside of the plastic cup, overlapping slightly.
- Turn the excess fabric at the top edge inside the cup and glue in place.
- Being careful to center the cup, glue the cup to the saucer, applying downward pressure.
- Optional: glue a piece of rick-rack around the base of the cup where it is attached to the saucer.
My Cup Runneth Over
You could just take the little circle of fabric, glue it inside the bottom of the teacup, thread the headband through the slits and be finished. But, I filled my teacup fascinators with silk flowers.
I was able to economize by using flowers I had leftover from other projects. Although, I did pick up a few more to fill-in from Michael’s and Dollar Tree.
First, cut a piece of a floral foam brick to fit into the cup, about 2″ thick. Then, glue it inside the teacup.
Next, cut slits in the little circle of matching fabric, to put the stems of the flowers through. The fabric circle helps give the inside of the teacup a finished look. Many ladies wore the teacup fascinators at an angle, and I didn’t want people see some ugly green foam and plastic floral stems.
Adding a Handle & Spoon
After some trial and error, I hand drew a template for a teacup handle. It was then traced onto and cutout of cardstock. At each end, where the handle was attached to the side of the teacup, I left margin. Fold at the margin, and glue the handle in place.
If anyone has an idea on how to created a more stiff, but lightweight handle, please let me know.
Little silver spoons, embellished with a little rose in the bowl, were simply hot-glued onto the top of the saucer. Apply a little pressure until secure.
Headbands Easy to Maneuver
Lastly, thread the headbands through the two slits in the foam underside of the teacup fascinators. To adjust for comfort and balance, the ladies could just slide the headband one way or the other.
I also provided bobby pins in the Mad Hatter’s Fascinator Shop. No one complained about the headbands being too tight, something I was a bit nervous about.
Labors of Love
I estimate I spent 3 1/2 hours on each teacup fascinator. Multiple that by 18! That doesn’t count shopping for supplies. I told you I had gone a little bonkers!
No one is going to get rich making these to sell for a profit! They are just too time-intensive to cover the cost of labor. Still, it was very rewarding and satisfying to see how much the ladies loved their hats.To learn how to create the other two styles my sister and I are wearing, check out Craft Fun to Fabulous Floral Fascinator and How to Make a Mad Hatter Fascinator.
There are a lot of similarities in making the teacup fascinators and the mini Mad Hatters.
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