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A Rustic Wedding with Fabric.com: Floral Wedding Gown Sash

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Another top trend we came across in our research for the Rustic Wedding series with Fabric.com was the bridal gown sash. We found these talked about in articles as well as for sale on a variety of sites, from high-end bridal specialty boutiques to Etsy. The going price was $200-$600 and up! With a few small cuts of luxury fabrics, such as lace, tulle, satin and organza, along with some beautiful pearl or crystal beads, you can create your own custom wedding sash for much, much less. Plus, it will be perfect for your look, your color, your wedding. The flowers on our wedding sash are based on a number of tutorials we've run previously on S4H. The key to creating a beautiful look, such as you see on our sample, is to really experiment with color, texture and the placement of the flowers, beads and other embellishments.

The base of our sash is a traditional double-sided, wide satin ribbon. This was the most common among the sashes we found online, however, there are certainly other options based on your wedding theme. Consider burlap ribbon trim, faux leather or suede, or create the sash from fabric that matches or is complimentary to the wedding gown itself. Silk would be a beautiful base in a more traditional sash as would a crisp organdy. 

Spend the time to cut out a number of petal shapes from your chosen fabrics, then play with these shapes, layering them in different patterns, mixing and matching in different ways. When you have the flowers looking as you want, arrange them on the base sash and stand back to get a good look. The flowers should be clustered rather than spread out along the sash. It's a more dramatic look and better mimics nature – the way you'd see a cluster of blooms on a flowering plant. 

The flowers use just little bits of fabrics, so this project is also a great way to use up scraps from some of the fabrics you've chosen for other wedding items or that you've purchased, as we suggested, for backdrops and overlays. 

Today's is the final project in our Rustic Wedding series, and we send a HUGE thanks to all our friends at Fabric.com for sponsoring it and providing all the great fabrics. With over 500,00 yards of fabric in stock, the combinations really are endless, and we had a wonderful time shopping and pulling it all together for you.  It's thanks to our sponsors that we can continue to bring you all this inspiration free of charge! When you support them, you support us - and we all benefit.

Make sure you join us tomorrow for an amazing Great Giveaway.

Fabric and Other Supplies

Sash

  • 3½ yards wide ribbon (1½" - 2½"); we used 2¼" double-face satin ribbon in pale gold.
  • 2 yards of ½" soft ribbon like a rayon. You can also use rayon seam binding. We used ½" Rayon Seam Binding in Log Brown.
  • Small piece of felt for backing in a color to match your ribbon.
    NOTE: This is optional; if you use a substantial enough ribbon, like double-face satin or velvet and you don't use a lot of heavy embellishments, you can stitch directly to the ribbon.
  • Thread
  • A beading needle or fine needle that fits through the bead holes.
  • Straight pins
  • Scissors
  • Candle and lighter 

Flowers

  • ½ yard of synthetic fabric like polyester or nylon: organza and poly satin are good choices for the melted petals (the cut amount shown allows for plenty of petals and rejects)
  • ½ yard cuts (or scraps) of lace, netting and tulle
  • A selection of pearl beads in champagne colors. We used Swarovski Elements Crystal Pearls in sizes from 4mm to 16mm. You can find these many places; we used Fusion Beads -- you can buy any mix of color and size you like. You can also use crystal faceted beads, buttons or a brooch for the center of the focus flower.
  • Circle template from our Organza Flower tutorial.

Getting Started

Our sample shows just one of the many ways you can style your wedding sash. You can use a single large flower, or many more. Think about the layout and balance. Generally an uneven number is more pleasing to the eye. Below are several possible layouts.

Make Your Flowers

Use our Organza Flower tutorial to learn how to make melted-edge flowers. We also used some bits of netting and lace which are not melted, just cut. In our sample, the focus flower uses 18 circles in varying sizes, the largest are 5" in diameter (pre-melting). The two medium flowers use 9 circles in varying sizes; the widest are 3" in diameter. The two small flowers contain 7 layers and are 2" in diameter.

  1. To get fluffier flowers, you can fold several of your melted circles in half and/or in quarters. 
  2. Sew through your petals to secure the shape. Arrange your beads and sew in place.
  3. Position your flowers on your ribbon or felt backing and hold in place with a straight pin. You'll need to keep the flowers close together because the curve of your waist will appear to add space between the flowers. Once you're satisfied, cut three leaf shapes from burlap and insert them beneath the flower petals. Pin. 
  4. From your ½" ribbon, tie a loopy bow and insert under the petals. Pin. Try your sash on to confirm you're happy with position and spacing.
  5. If you used a felt backing, pin and hand sew to your ribbon.


Project Design and Sample Creation: Alicia Thommas

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Comments (9)

Miss.Tarayn said:
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I LOVE  sashes.  Love love love them.  A blingy sash can have so many uses and Bridal Sash  is the  Inspiration of a wedding Celebrations.

dmkroetch said:
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This could be customized for special occasion gowns as well..prom or even a smaller version on a first communion dress

Rosanne said:
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How Beautiful this is.  A natural, romantic feeling.  If I were to make this for my beachy wedding I would use Island Breeze Gauze in baby blue fabric, twisted and puffed over antique white satin ribbon. Tacked in place.  Of couse I would then sew a few beads, anitque white also, here and there to give it a undertone of sparkle.  Ahhh to dream..... 

Debbie Walker said:
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These are beautiful, I think any bride would love these. Also they could be used for several other things in the wedding.

 

hazlnut said:
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The flowers are just beautiful. It would be nice to use these flowers to personalize a veil for the bride. I can see these as the crowning with a veil accented with pearls!  My neice is getting married in the fall. I would love to make her dress for her, but found one that was just perfect. However, I will settle for a creative veil!  Thanks sew4home. I lead her to this site and she was just excited about her DYI wedding plans. We appreciate you!

Deanna said:
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The folded-petal technique is new to me.  Thank you. 

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