I’m kicking off a new blog series called DIY Bride this month, which is all about making awesome stuff for your own wedding, to create a personal touch, and also to save some money if you need to. Every post is based on my own DIY Wedding in March of 2009, and I’m starting off with a really popular post from my personal blog (mikaeladanvers.com) on how to make your own Hens Night / Bachelorette Party Sashes. — For my Hens Night I wanted to have a colour scheme a bit different to the usual pink and black, so we asked everyone to dress up in the colours blue and orange – blue as it’s my favourite colour, and orange for my sister who passed away in 2005. So I decided to sew the sashes for my bridesmaids and myself, which was a lot of fun. Please note I am not a sewer, I don’t actually even know how to use my sewing machine properly (inherited from my sister, it’s quite fancy). So it’s safe to say these sashes are really easy to make, and you don’t have to do everything perfectly for them to look great.

Me with my Bridesmaids in our sashes - unfortunately a terrible quality photo, make sure you get someone with a good camera to take photos on the night!

Me with my Bridesmaids in our sashes – unfortunately a terrible quality photo, make sure you get someone with a good camera to take photos on the night!

You will need: Satin fabric, approx 1.5m x 15cm per sash (I chose royal blue) Feather boa (1m did 6 sashes) Fabric Marker / Silver Pen Gem stones to stick on Thread Scissors Sewing Machine Step 1 First I roughly measured from the top of my left shoulder across to where I wanted the feathers to hang on my right side. I figured it was about 1.5m, so I cut lengths of the satin fabric 1.5m long and about 15cm wide. I then hemmed both edges (again, pretty roughly, I figured they’d only need to last the night). Once hemmed, I sewed the ends together on an angle, so the sash would sit properly. I then cut off the excess fabric (you don’t need to worry about it looking messy as the feathers will cover it all.

Hem the edges, sew the ends together on an angle and cut off any excess fabric

Hem the edges, sew the ends together on an angle and cut off any excess fabric

Step 2 Cut lengths of the feather boa to the width of the end of the sash. This can get a bit fiddly because of how the boa is made, it wants to unravel and fall apart when you cut it into pieces. I just used my sewing machine to then sew it onto the end of the sash, going back and forth over the ends a couple of times to make sure no feathers would fall out. Step 3 Using the fabric marker or standard silver pen, write whatever title you want on each one. I used a white fabric crayon lightly, before outlining each letter with a purple tipped silver pen. This meant that the purple ink went onto the white crayon and gave the letters a nice purple metallic effect.

Titles written in white fabric crayon (good incase you make a mistake, you can rub it off and start again)

Titles written in white fabric crayon (good incase you make a mistake, you can rub it off and start again)

Titles on sashes outlined in silver pen

Titles on sashes outlined in silver pen

Sashes with orange feather boas sewn onto the ends

Sashes with orange feather boas sewn onto the ends

Step 4 To differentiate between the bridesmaids and the bride, I glued gemstones onto each letter of “Bride to be” on my sash. This was really simple, I just laid out the sash, put dabs of craft glue along each letter and plonked gemstones onto each spot of glue.

Bride to be sash

Bride to be sash

Glueing gemstones onto the sash

Glueing gemstones onto the sash

Each gemstone only needs a little dab of glue

Each gemstone only needs a little dab of glue

Bride to be sash with gemstones

Bride to be sash with gemstones

And that’s it! Four easy steps, I made 1 Bride to be, 1 Maid of Honour, 1 celebrant and 4 bridesmaids sashes all while watching tv, for a total cost of about $30.

Completed hens night sashes

Completed hens night sashes

 


Could you build this DIY project into a handmade business?

Most definitely!

Here are some fun handmade bridal sashes being sold on Etsy by some talented makers, click the image to go to their shop!

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