How to Make a Bridal Sash

This delicate, DIY bridal sash is an easy way to add sparkle to your big day. look without breaking the bank.

Skill Level

Intermediate

Time

4 hours or more

Skill level
Intermediate
Time
4 hours or more
Written By

The Etsy Studio Team

Written By

The Etsy Studio Team

Add a handmade accessory to your big day look with a DIY hand-stitched bridal sash. This classic piece is made to wear around your waist, but you can adapt the approach to make a version that fits as a headband. To get started, select a ribbon color and width that works with your dress. Next, choose complementary beaded trim in a similar width. Whether you opt for simple beadwork or more intricate sparkle – that’s up to you.

You will need

 

Step 1: Cut beaded trim and satin ribbon

Measure the part of your waist where you’ll be wearing the bridal sash. Add 48 in. / 1.2 m. to the total length. Use this measurement to cut your satin ribbon. (For example, if you were making a sash for a 30 in. / 76 cm. waist, you would cut 78 in. / 1.96 m. of satin ribbon.) Next, take your original waist measurement and subtract 6 in. / 15 cm. Use this measurement to cut your beaded trim. (For example, if you were making a sash for a 30 in. / 76 cm. waist, you would cut 24 in. / 61 cm. of beaded ribbon.)
 

Step 2: Remove beads from trim ends

Remove ½ in. / 1 cm. worth of beads from both ends of your beaded trim. Do this by gently snipping the threads with your embroidery scissors.
 

Step 3: Hem trim

Fold the unbeaded ends onto the backside of the beaded trim. Tack them in place using a basting stitch. Repeat on the other end.
 

Step 4: Center beaded trim on satin ribbon

Place your satin ribbon on top of your beaded trim, so the centers of both are overlapping. The beaded part of your trim, and the shiny part of your satin ribbon should both be facing downward.
 

Step 5: Stitch beaded trim onto satin ribbon

Working from one end of the backside of your sash, use a straight stitch going up and down for the length of your beaded trim to attach it to the satin ribbon. Be sure to use even stitches and thread that matches your satin ribbon. This part of the process may take a while – music, podcasts, or your favorite TV show will entertain you as you stitch.
 

Step 6: Stitch, stitch, stitch

Continue the stitch all along the beaded trim until the you reach the end. Tie off your thread so it’s secure and hidden once you finish.
 

Step 7: Finish the ends

To finish your sash, trim satin ribbon to desired length. Tip: To get a clean ribbon end, use sharp fabric shears. Apply fray check ribbon ends to prevent fraying.
 

All done and ready to wed!

 

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