DIY wedding: How to make a bridesmaid sash

Surprise your bridesmaids with a handmade sash to wear on your wedding day. Coordinate the sashes with the colours in your wedding theme, or select a shade in contrast to their dresses.

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Crafty commitment

2 hours

Solo A-Go-Go
This solo project is great for a lazy afternoon. Set your iPod™ on random play and enjoy an afternoon of "me" time.

• 1-1/2-in.-wide double-satin ribbon (you may use thicker or thinner ribbon, depending on the waist measurements of your maids), 1 yd.
• Sharp scissors
• Spray starch
• Iron and ironing board
• Needle and thread to match your ribbon color
• Polyester organza fabrics in the color(s) of your choice, 1/2 yd. each
• Candle and matches
• Faux pearls of various sizes for centers of flowers
• Sequined and beaded appliqué

Take a look at a larger image of the finished craft

To get started, you'll need the waist measurements of each of your maids. Take that measurement and add 8 in. to establish the length of the ribbon you'll be cutting for the belt. Cut each maid's belt from the spool of ribbon.

You'll need to starch and iron the belt to give it some stiffness; otherwise the soft satin ribbon won't hold up well as a belt. Spray the ribbon, per the manufacturer's recommendation, and iron.

After the belts have been ironed, the ends need to be hemmed so that there are no rough edges visible. This also helps keep the ribbon from fraying. Fold one end of the ribbon over about 1/4 in. Press the iron down on the seam to set it. Repeat on the other side so that you have crisp, even folds. Using your needle and thread, stitch the ends of the ribbon in place with a simple running stitch. Set the belts aside.

This is where the creativity begins. It's time to start making flowers. Cut 9 circle shapes from each color of organza. I like using circles from 1 in. to about 5 in. in diameter. I do this freehand because I think it makes more realistic-looking flowers, but you are welcome to trace templates onto the fabric with a fabric pen. I recommend 3 flowers for each belt. You can mix and match colors in each flower or use only 1 color per flower -- it's totally up to you.

Take a look at the illustrated instructions for the DIY bridesmaid sash craft

Page 1 of 2 -- Find illustrated diagrams and designer's styling tips to finish your sash on page 2.

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