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How to Make a Fascinator: Crinoline Flower Trim

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Making your own crin flowers is easy!

Making your own crin flowers is easy!

What Is Crin?

Crin, otherwise known as crinoline (known in America as horsehair), is an item that is used in hatmaking. Originally made out of horsehair, it is now made out of nylon.

Trim Your Handmade Fascinator

The best part of making your own fascinator is adding the trim and embellishments. This is what makes your fascinator go from "ok" to "wow, did you make that yourself?"

There are many items that you can use to trim a fascinator. One of the easiest ways to trim your fascinator is by using crin. This is a standard item used in millinery making.

Crin is easily found in Europe and Australia. Those of us here in America have to do some hunting for it. Crin isn't something you can run down to JoAnn's and pick up. If you want a crin, you will have to buy it online.

Crin is very versatile. Swoops, bows, and flowers can be made using crin. Crin can be kind of tricky to work with because it can fray and unravel very easily. But once you get the hang of working with crin, the only thing that limits you is your creativity.

This tutorial will explain how to make a flower using crin that you can use to trim your handmade fascinator. All you will need is a fascinator base to attach it to!

Let's get started!

Let's get started!


  • 1/2-1 yard of 4–6-inch-wide crin
  • Scissors
  • Needle

A sewing machine can be used if you are not comfortable with hand-sewing.

Remove the thread.

Remove the thread.

Step 1: Remove the Thread

Crin comes with a thread that runs along one edge. Remove this thread by grabbing the end and pulling it.

Don't throw your thread away; keep it! We'll use this thread to sew our flowers together. This prevents us from searching to find a thread that's just the right shade to match the crin.

Sew the ends together.

Sew the ends together.

Step 2: Sew the Ends Together

Fold your crin in half long ways. Next, use your needle and thread to sew your ends together. Take a stitch, turn, and take another stitch. Do this until your end is secure.

This step could also be done by a sewing machine. I have made many flowers this way when I was lazy and didn't want to do it by hand!

You may trim the edge if you wish, but it is not necessary. Our flower will be covered by other trim on our fascinator, so the end will not be seen. If you do trim it, be sure you don't cut any of your stitches!

Note: Crin will unravel very easily. It is important to make sure that your end is secure and will not fray. This may require having to sew through it numerous times until your end is secure.

Step 3: Gather the Crin and Sew

Begin by holding your sewn end in one hand. Slowly start to turn the end and gather the crin in your hand, pinching as you go.

If you would like a full flower, gather the crin closely, pinching as you go. If a skinnier flower is what you want to create, then just turn and pinch.

It is helpful to take a few stitches every turn or so. This will help to keep things together and lessen the amount of sewing you'll need to do at the end.

If you are using a sewing machine, just sew a few stitches in place as you go. You will do a final sewing at the end.

Step 4: Sew Through All Layers

When you are happy with the size of your flower, turn the crin over and down and pinch everything together.

Sew through all layers, turning as you go. Be sure to sew through all layers. You do not want your flower to fray!

If you're using a sewing machine, sew through all layers several times. To keep your flower end from being flat, sew across your flower, then fold your flower over and sew again.

Next, cut the excess crin away. You may also trim the end neatly if you wish. Be sure not to cut your stitches!

Your finished crin flower!

Your finished crin flower!

Make your flower special!

Make your flower special!

Make Your Flower Stand Out

You can dress this flower up or down. It's pretty enough on its own, but you can easily give your flower a little something extra.

Insert feathers or beads inside your flowers. The beads make your flowers look more lifelike. Feathers give it a more whimsical feeling.

The sky is the limit when creating your own fascinator. Just keep experimenting with different items; you may find something entirely new to decorate your flower with.

Wear a fascinator that no one else will be wearing!

Wear a fascinator that no one else will be wearing!

How Can I Use My Crin Flowers on My Fascinator?

Crin flowers can be an accent decoration to your fascinator, or they can be the fascinator.

On a fascinator that already has a lot going on, adding a small crin flower and accenting it with bows, loops, or feathers is a pretty touch. Keep everything balanced and proportionate. For instance, if you want the bow to be the centerpiece, your trim, crin flower included, should be smaller than the bow.

Sometimes, the flowers on their own are beautiful and unique. To make your flowers the fascinator, use a store-bought fascinator base or make your own. Bunch a few flowers together and add feathers or crin loops.

Now you can take your fascinator for a spin! Enjoy wearing a one-of-a-kind creation. Your friends may even want you to make them one.

Comments on June 22, 2020:

Informative. Thanks

Elsie on August 01, 2018:

Thanks for showing us how to make crine flower.

I"ll try to make one it looks nice

Sylvia W on February 19, 2017:

I would now like to see a video showing how to make a full flower rose with crinolin especially showing in a little more detail the way to start the center as it was a little difficult with just still photos. Could you please tell me how I might see a video on line or maybe buy one.

Thank you

Abbyfitz (author) from Florida on June 14, 2014:

I used invisible thread and hand stitched them together.

sylvia on June 14, 2014:

could you please say precisely how you attached the crin feathers to the shop bought fascinator so it is neat and tidy.

Thanking you.


Abbyfitz (author) from Florida on May 27, 2014:

It is easy. Go for it!

Susan Hambidge from Kent, England on May 27, 2014:

You make it look so easy. I could upgrade my hat with this kind of thing to match my dress. Hmmmmmm

Abbyfitz (author) from Florida on February 18, 2014:

I hope you do well in your class. Thank you for reading!

SHIRLEY on February 18, 2014:

Thanks for your tutorial on making crin flowers.i will be making some for my class project in millinery

Abbyfitz (author) from Florida on January 16, 2014:

Thank you!

VioletteRose from Atlanta on January 16, 2014:

looks nice!