DIY Bachelorette Attire: Sashes

I love bachelorette parties; they are always filled with drinks, fun people, good food, drinks, a healthy does of debauchery, and more drinks. But I do not love the standard bachelorette party gear. No, it’s not the phallic symbols that I shy away from (although I’m not one to insist on them), it’s the lack of options in the other gear:

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Sources (clockwise): Target, Advantage Bridal, Amazon, and Bachelorette Party Superstore

They all have pink. Well, not all of them have pink, but the most widely available ones have pink. And not every girl wants pink on their sash.

Seeing this obstacle last year in preparing for MOH Cheerleader’s bachelorette party, I made the decision to make her sash using colors she liked (pink not included).

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Since that time, I have made both BM What’s Her Face’s sash and BM So and So’s sash for each of their bachelorette festivities. I know a grand total of three sashes does not make me an expert, but my method is a pretty easy and cost effective way to customize a bachelorette sash, so I thought someone might be interested in doing the same. So, let’s get to it:

First up, gather your supplies (and photograph about half of them):

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Fabric in color of your choice (~2 yards, I always choose something silky or non irritating on the skin), felt in color of your choice (I prefer the ones with sparkles), hot glue gun, stencils, marker, sewing machine. Note: if you don’t have a sewing machine or you hate sewing, an extra wide ribbon could be used for this purpose, although it is rather costly.

First, determine the size of sash you want to make. I like to keep mine around 4″ wide so your letters will be somewhat visible from a distance. Cut out your fabric to meet your specifications—mine is about 9″ x 72″ (this is way longer than you’ll actually need, but you can chop the excess off once you’ve got it put together).

Second, sew the ends of your fabric together down the length of your fabric so you have a long, cylindrical tube o’ fabric. Then flip it inside out. Iron if you are so inclined. I’m usually not inclined.

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Flipped halfway out so you can see this very complicated seam (har) and lack of ironing

Next, onto letters. If you’ve got a Cricut, Silhouette, or other fancy cutting machine, hook it up, cut out your desired font, and wait for the others to cut their letters out by hand (don’t worry, it doesn’t take too long and can be lessened by only cutting one of any duplicates). When choosing a font, make sure to pick something with few twirls and glyphs. They look pretty but they are a bitch and a half to cut out.

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Yay letters!

Once you’ve got your letters, trace them on your felt (if you do it on the backside make sure to reverse them), and get to cutting again. I recommend a very sharp pair of scissors and a cat free zone.

Now, if you’re like me (which is to say slightly scatterbrained), you’ll be plugging in your hot glue gun right about now and impatiently waiting with a glass of wine while it warms up. If you’re not like me, you’ve had your hot glue gun plugged in this whole time and you’re ready to fire away.

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I wanted a break anyway, glue gun.

Glue those suckers on! Well, first, try on the sash a couple of times to see where the letters should be placed so they are visible and then glue them on.

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Finally, finish her off. I cut the ends at an angle, folded them over twice, and sewed them at the ends. If you’re super ambitious you can put some velcro at the ends of the sash to keep it closed during the festivities. If you thought you had velcro, but actually didn’t, you can improvise with a safety pin. And, if you realized that you forgot to bring a safety pin once you’re already out and about you can improvise further with festive pins your thoughtful friend picked up or a hair tie.

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I would say the total cost of the above sash was between two and three dollars and just a couple hours of time. It’s definitely not as polished and flashy as the ones you can purchase, but it gets the message out, allows for complete customization and leaves plenty of money left over to treat the bride to drinks.

Next up: Head gear!

Did you make a sash or other gear for a bachelorette party? What color(s) would you like to see on your sash?

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Mrs. Pony

Location:
Bloomington, IL
Wedding Date:
September 2011
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    Mrs. Doily 1718 posts, Bumble bee @ 2:58 pm

    Those are way cute Pony! I would totally get one one a navy blue sash with lime green letters! Plus I’m totally forwarding this to my MOH, she was just complaining about color choices the other day…

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    Mrs. Hyena 2537 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:07 pm

    Dude, this is a really creative idea. But you’re totally right, I’ve bought those cheap flimsy pink ones for friends before, and c’mon! Great tutorial.

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    hellomrsko 200 posts, Helper bee @ 3:15 pm

    OLIVER <3 <3 <3

    We are trucking cases of this stuff back to CT for our wedding!

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    Mrs. Pony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 3:25 pm

    @Miss Doily: Glad I could help, those colors will look so good on you!
    @Mrs. Hyena: Thanks ma’am
    @hellomrsko: I love it too. We’re planning on having one wine from Oliver, but I can’t decide which one (so I get to test them all). What kinds are you planning on serving at your wedding?

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    Mrs. Tartlet 3227 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:40 pm

    Such a sweet thing to do for your friends’ bachelorette parties!

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    tea 7307 posts, Busy Beekeeper @ 4:32 pm

    looks great! i’ve made a couple for friends and edged the ribbon with sequin ribbing for the “miss america” effect and wrote with sparkly puffy paint [i traced lettering i printed from the computer] they both turned out fantastically well, and i will admit that i totally want to make my own bachelorette sash

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    Mrs. Parasol 2955 posts, Sugar bee @ 5:00 pm

    This is so cute, Pony! Great job! I so wish I could make something like this. :)

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    stephbonthego 710 posts, Busy bee @ 5:52 pm

    I am SO not a pink kinda girl and athese are fab!

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    SadieBee 2150 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:23 pm

    Super cute! I had my bachelorette this weekend, and my BMs also did a great job DIYing my sash. They made it out of gold satin and had it embroidered in red – to match my dress :-)

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    sarahbabs 6729 posts, Bee Keeper @ 10:26 am

    I love love love the “I wanted a break anyway, glue gun” caption. I had to suppress a literal LOL in the office hehe.

    What did you use the marker for? And do you think fabric marker and stencils could work for lazier people?

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    Mrs. Teacup 631 posts, Busy bee @ 2:10 am

    Such a great tutorial! I love the comment about cutting out the letters and also your glue gun break, so funny :)

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    Miss Faithblossom, Guest @ 8:18 pm

    Dear Mrs Pony,

    Thank you for the wonderful tutorial which is just what I needed as I wanted to make a bachelorette sash for my friend’s bridal shower. I got some satin, fabric paint, spangles (to make it sparkly) and beaded trim for the border. Gonna make it tonight and thanks for the tips! :)

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