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Handmade & Homemade: Holiday Gifts for Girlfriends!

by Ashley on January 11, 2012

I have loads of wonderful girlfriends who I love to treat during the holidays.  But as with anyone, what do you get the gal who has everything (when you can’t buy them Fluevogs)?  This year I decided to try my hand at handmade fascinators, each one adorned, decorated, and bedazzled to suit the lady’s fab personality.

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Each hat is made of a teardrop buckram base– and is apparently one of the most difficult hat shapes to pattern to! It looks so easy and uncomplicated; thankfully I have the wit & wisdom of a costume shop to help me through those moments when I’m throwing hats across the house.  Many are covered in silk dupioni, with vintage lace, embroidery, feathers, and odds used to decorate each of them!

This one has a twin– for two huge Saints loving fans in my life. Photos don’t do justice to the colors reflected  in this vintage lace!

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For a super fab girlfriend– a vintage inspired fascinator! It’ll go spectacularly with her two-tone hair and sky-high shoes.

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The following two are probably two of my favorites.  They’re patterned off the Sublime Stitching The Black Apple pattern (which I picked up from Miss Malaprop).

I love the eerie, creepy Bavarian children vibe of the design, as if they’re Children of the Damned surrounded by books, birds, and candy-colored houses.  (The first is meant to look like the friend’s young son, making it more creepy!)

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Making these were such a blast– it was fabulous using up so many of my odds and ends in the craft closet, building something new, and hopefully having girlfriends squeal with delight at the pieces.

Did you go the homemade route at all this holiday season? Have any great tried and true tutorials for me to try?

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