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How to make a sash from fabric

A fabric sash is a colourful and versatile fashion accessory for both women and men. Rather than buying an expensive sash that may not exactly suit your style, find the perfect fabric and make your own sash to complement any outfit.

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  1. Determine the width of the sash. Multiply your desired width by two and add 1.25 cm (1/2 inch). Cut the fabric at this width.

  2. Fold the chiffon fabric in half lengthwise with the insides of the fabric facing out. Place a press cloth over the fabric and press the fabric lightly with a medium-hot iron to set the fold. Trim both ends of the sash to 45-degree angles.

  3. Stitch the angled edges of the chiffon with a 6.5 mm (1/4 inch) seam allowance. Stitch along the long edge of the chiffon, leaving a 7.5 cm (3 inch) opening for turning.

  4. Turn the fabric right side out. Place a press cloth over the sash and press the sash well with a medium-hot iron to set the seams. Make sure the raw edges are turned under along the 6.5 mm (1/4 inch) seam allowance as you iron.

  5. Top stitch around the entire sash 3 mm (1/8 inch) away from the edges. The top stitching will sew closed the opening.

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Things You'll Need

  • 1.8 metres (2 yards) silk chiffon
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Iron
  • Press cloth

About the Author

Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.

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