11.09.2013

DIY Bachelorette Party Sash

When someone says "bachelorette party," images of cheap feather boas, plastic light-up tiaras, and crinkly, paper-thin sashes come to mind (...among some other choice mental images, I'm sure. But we'll ignore those.). 

But why do we always settle on buying those icky, generic bachelorette party supplies when making a completely customized sash on your own is super easy and just as cheap?! Not to mention it is more heartfelt AND you aren't tied down to the typical pink-and-black...unless that's what the bride wants, that is!

So let's get to it!


You'll need:
  • Approximately 2 yards of wide ribbon
  • An equal amount of trimming of your choice
  • Iron-on letters (I chose glitter letters because GLITTER)
  • Matching or complementary thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Ruler, scissors, pen and straight pins
  • Iron & ironing board
  • Any desired embellishments (like the sequined bow I chose)
  • A cooperative (see: sleepy) baby [not essential, but definitely a plus]
Yep. This is the only way I get things done.
Also how I shoot all of my tutorials
nowadays. Wrap him and "nap" him!

First things first: Gather your supplies. Plan to spend anywhere from 2-3 hours picking things up and putting them down in Joann's before settling on what you want. It's the only way to do things in hobby stores. You know I'm right.

To create a nice angled seam for the top of the shoulder, start by folding your ribbon in half end-to-end and pinning it several inches below the fold. Make a small mark 1.5″ down on one side of the ribbon. Draw a line from the mark you just made to the corner of the fold, and add another pin to secure the ribbon in its place.

Now take it to your sewing machine and sew across your line. Cut the excess ribbon and remove the pins.

Next, pin the trim to the bottom edge of the sash and sew in place.
I used a fun and fancy stitch for mine. 

Now try on the sash and pin it together at your hip to find the bottom seam, keeping in mind the size of the recipient. Sew across the bottom seam, trim away the excess, and add a spare piece of trim to the bottom edge. You can add any embellishments at this point as well!

Now, grab those awesome letters you picked up (and put down and picked up again) and follow the manufacturer's instructions on the packaging to iron them to the sash. Make sure you lay them all out before you iron them into place to avoid any awkward spacing issues.

And that's it!

Now you have a beautiful, handmade, one-of-a-kind sash for your beautiful, (not exactly handmade) one-of-a-kind bride-to-be!

Until Little Mouse lets me write again,

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