How to make chair sashes

Written by sharon sweeny
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Imagine the impact that airy, delicate chair sashes will have on your guests as they enter your reception hall or your dining room. Few decorations offer more impact for such a small price. And unlike fresh flowers, they're reusable. Chair sashes are traditionally made of tulle---an open-weave fabric that is more like a net. Get creative and make chair sashes out of any fabric you choose, or even out of ribbon. Chair sashes are so easy to make that you can complete an entire set in an afternoon.

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Things you need

  • Tulle fabric or extra wide ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Fresh flowers, if desired

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  1. 1

    Cut tulle into pieces 12 inches wide by 36 inches long. If using ribbon, cut ribbon into 36-inch lengths.

  2. 2

    Hold a cut piece of tulle with one hand near each end and bunch up the width for dimension, texture and variation in the colour intensity of the sashes.

  3. 3

    Wrap around chair back. Tie the chair sash into a simple bow (like the kind you use to tie your shoe) to decorate the back of the back of the chair. For a simple and elegant floral theme, insert a single flower into the bow of each chair sash.

Tips and warnings

  • Tie the chair sashes near the tops of the chair backs, toward the middle of the chair backs, or directly above the level of the seat on the chair backs. Each different position gives a slightly different look.
  • Do not use thick or prickly fabric to make the chair sashes as these may cause discomfort to guests when they sit on the chairs.

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