How to Make a Ribbon Sash

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How to Make a Ribbon Sash
Ribbon sashes are commonly used in pageants and school homecomings. (colourful ribbons image by Marek Kosmal from

Ribbon sashes are a popular accent for many special events; however, they can also be a fashion statement. The sash is a traditional highlight for school homecomings, bridal parties and pageants, and are also a go-to item for debutante balls and royalty. The ribbon sash is a versatile, understated piece that represents the person wearing it. Creating your own ribbon sash for a special event is a fairly easy and inexpensive procedure that takes minimal time to complete.

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Things you need

  • Needle and thread
  • Two 6-by-36-inch pieces of satin ribbon
  • 12 feet of ½-inch trim ribbon
  • Iron on letters
  • Fabric scissors
  • Iron

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  1. 1

    Straighten out the satin ribbon on a flat surface. If the ribbon is wrinkled, use a cool setting to iron out any wrinkles.

  2. 2

    Measure the trim ribbon and create four 36-inch pieces. These will be used to trim both sides of the sash to create a finished look.

  3. 3

    Sew the trim on each side of the satin ribbon using a needle and thread. Do this to both pieces of the satin ribbon. When finished, the two ribbon pieces should have a trim edge on both sides.

  4. 4

    Lay one satin ribbon on a flat surface and arrange the iron-on letters. Heat the iron to the appropriate setting. Carefully iron on the letters. This side of the sash will be laid on the front of the body.

  5. 5

    Attach the two satin ribbons together at the top. Using a needle and thread, sew the two satin ribbon pieces together at the shoulder. Lay the sash on a flat surface. The sash will run from the shoulder to the hip with the letters going across the front of the body.

  6. 6

    Cut the bottom of the two pieces satin ribbon (the ends that are not sewn together) at a 45 degree angle. This allows the sash to lie against the hip without bulging. Sew the two ends together. The sash is complete.

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