Make a Sash Pattern
and Brighten up Your Outfits!

How to make a sash pattern

Learn to make sash patterns. Sashes are an easy and fast way to brighten up any outfit. Tie one around your neck or wear it as a belt! They're great for learning to use the sewing machine.

How to Cut a Sash

Tip

You can draw your pattern directly on the fabric.

Decide how long and how wide your sash will be. You can make it using one or two pieces of fabric. Trace and cut your sash pattern using the following measurements.

For a one piece pattern (cut one rectangle):

  • Width: twice of your desired width +1/2" for seam allowance
  • Length: your desired length +1/2" for seam allowance

For a two piece pattern (cut two rectangles):

  • Width: your desired with +1/2" for seam allowance
  • Length: your desired length +1/2" for seam allowance

You don't need to finish the edges of your sash because they'll never show. If your fabric frays a lot, you could pass a serger or zig zag stitch along the edge to avoid the annoying little threads.

Sewing the Sash

Place one piece on top of the other (if you have two) or fold your piece lengthwise in half (if you have one) with the right sides of fabric facing each other. If you want your sash to end in a diagonal line at the edges, cut them like this:

How to make a sash pattern

Sew along the edges, leaving a 1/4" seam allowance. Leave a small space without sewing in the middle of your sash to turn it inside out. 1" or 2" is ok. (If you have two pieces, sew along the top edge too)

How to Make a Sash Pattern

Turn the Sash

Cut the corners of your sash in a diagonal line. This will make it turn nicely.

How to Make a Sash Pattern

Take one of the edges and push it a little bit to create a little cave.

How to Make a Sash Pattern

Put a pen (make sure it has a cap on) or a thin stick through the cave and push it in.

How to Make a Sash Pattern

Your sash will start to wrinkle around the pen. Do it slowly and pull the fabric opposite to your pen so that the sash starts to wrap around it. The wrinkles will start to straighten out. Continue doing this, until you reach the hole you left without sewing.

How to Make a Sash Pattern

Pull the pen and the right side of your sash through the hole. Repeat with the other edge.

How to Make a Sash Pattern

Close the hole!

After the sash is turned inside out, you have to iron it flat. Make sure that it folds right where the seam is. Iron the hole's edges towards the inside and close the hole with a ladder stitch.

How to Make a Sash Pattern

Yay, you're done! You can topstitch both edges to give it an extra nice finish.

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