How to make a Sash

Sashes are nice accessories to add to your middle eastern or pirate costume. They can be made up from small amounts of very bright shiny satins or dress linings, and thus can be made fairly cheaply. The longer the length the better they look, and about 10 feet is needed for a few good wraps around the average waist, with tails after being tied. You can make a 10 foot sash from a single yard of satin fabric. Make several in different colors.

When you select your fabric, you may want to purchase a little more than a yard, since most shops donít cut it straight, and you will need the full 36" to be on-grain. If you need a longer sash, buy a yard and a half, or two yards of fabric and just mark more sections.

Lay the yard out flat and square, and mark it in 6" sections. Use a ruler or straight edge to mark the lines without distorting the fabric. Itís important to keep the lines as straight and even as possible. If you are using a striped fabric, make sure your sections follow the length of the stripes.

Carefully cut the fabric along the lines you marked. You should have six sections, about 42" long and 6" wide.

Sew all of the sections end to end.

Fold the sash in half so that the right sides are together and pin along the outer edges. The seams where you sewed the ends of the strips together do not have to meet, in fact it is better if they are off by an an inch or two so that you don't have lumpy spots.

Sew from the fold down to the opposite end, and across that end.

Sew from the fold almost down to the opposite end, leaving a couple of inches so you can turn the sash right sides out.

If you sew down one side and up the other the fabric will stretch and you will get an unevenly seamed sash that wonít lay flat when you wear it. Trust me on this.

If you want to have tapered ends, sew across each end of the sash on the diagonal. Trim away excess fabric.

Turn your sash right sides out and smooth it out. Use a pencil or something similar to poke out the corners at each end. Flatten the seams out as much as possible, then iron them flat. You will probably have to do this in small steps. Donít have the iron so hot you melt your fabric.

Sew up the hole you left for turning the sash right side out.

If you want fringed ends you can do one of two things: Add a length of fringed trim to the seam at each end before you sew it shut - remembering that the fringe part goes on the inside, so itís on the outside when you turn it. Or, you can add fringed trim to the end after making the sash.

For a better finish on your sash, after it is ironed sew around the edge of the sash about Ĺ inch from the side. This will keep it from wanting to be a tube.

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