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How to make a birthday sash

Updated April 17, 2017

If you are looking for a way to make the birthday girl in your life really stand out on her big day, then a simple birthday sash can be just the ticket. A birthday sash proclaims to all who see her that today is her birthday, and you can create your own custom birthday sash easily. Creating your own sash gives you the opportunity to really convey her personality and any details you want to put out there, such as which birthday she is celebrating.

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  1. Pre-heat an iron to the cotton setting, and turn off the steam.

  2. Cut 1.8 m (6 feet) of the 10 cm (4 inch( ribbon of your choice. Be sure to cut the ends on a diagonal.

  3. Fold over the ends 3 mm (1/8 inch), and press with your iron.

  4. Apply a thin line of glue inside the crease created by your iron, and gently press together to seal the ends of the ribbon. Allow to dry.

  5. Lay out the iron-on letters vertically on the sash to spell out the message you wish to display.

  6. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for ironing the iron-on letters onto the ribbon. Allow to cool.

  7. Outline each letter carefully with fabric glue, then liberally sprinkle glitter onto the glue. Shake off any excess, and allow to dry.

  8. Pull off the backing from the self-adhesive hook and loop fastener, and press it firmly onto the inside ends of the ribbon, about 2.5 cm (1 inch) above the fold that you created earlier.

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Things You'll Need

  • 1.8 m (6 feet) of 10 cm (4 inch) wide ribbon
  • Self-adhesive hook and loop fasteners
  • Scissors
  • Iron-on letters and numbers
  • Iron
  • Fabric glue
  • Glitter

About the Author

Ilana Boyum

A seasoned freelance writer, Ilana Boyum got her first writing job in the sports department at the "Sun Sentinel Newspaper" in 1993. In 1998 she began working as a copywriter at a small ad agency, and was quickly promoted to head copywriter. Boyum attended Florida Atlantic University.

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