DIY Hen Party Sashes
NB: These are penis free
Ok, I have MAJOR love for today’s blog post today - without straying too much into lifestyle blogging, this post is just a bit special to me because it’s an actual real life wedding I was involved in, rather than just gorgeous ones I lust after on the internet! My wonderful friend Fliss is now a married woman, and as the ancient proverb goes, where there’s a wedding, there’s a hen party (and often, where there’s a will(y), there’s a hen party too, but that’s a different story). As Bridesmaid (I don’t mean to brag but I totally walked down that aisle!), it was up to me to co-pilot the hen party alongside the lovely Maid Of Honour.
I put myself in charge of Sash Duty, and from that moment on we knew that any old sashes wouldn’t do. I wanted to really dedicate time and effort to the Hen Party to show that I cared and was super grateful—and, truthfully, I also wanted to flex my creative muscles, recently deprived because apparently third year of university is quite work-intensive. Life is full of surprises. I decided I’d make my own sashes for the 16-women-strong Hen Party, tailored to Fliss and her tastes. The results (if I do say so myself) are something I’m pretty proud of!
I partnered with the amazing Betty from Bespoke Vintage Castle, who specialises in stunning bejewelled and beguiling bridal accessories with a haute couture influence. We decided on a classic pale blue colour scheme, for which I commissioned brooches from her to finish the sashes off perfectly. She went above and beyond to add little blue accents to the sashes for the Bride, Maid of Honour and Bridesmaid—meaning they’re even more of a special keepsake now. Also, they’re totally reusable—I mean, the sash isn’t (well I hope not!), but the brooches, completely detachable, can be used again and look gorgeous.
If you’re looking for sashes that aren’t the usual plasticky material, with overused fonts and vom-inducing phallic references, then this is the perfect solution for you: cute sashes appropriate for everyone, classically detailed and timeless. And DIY too – which just makes everything that bit better, hey?
You will need:
- 10mm wide satin ribbon (you can use fabric cut into strips, but this ribbon is super easy to get hold of, and it saves you further time in protecting from fraying as the edges are already bonded)
- fabric pen or paint
- brooches or fastenings (mine were from Bespoke Vintage Castle)
How to (I mean, it’s fairly evident, but let’s walk in the sun together anyway):
1. Cut your ribbon. Traditionally sashes sit loosely and diagonally—remember to allow some space for a tail at the end. Mine were just over 2 metres long. The good thing about this sash is that you don’t need to cut it to a perfect length, as the brooch can be fastened and adjusted however far up the sash you want to go – but try not to make them too long or the flappy extra tail will become far too annoying! Also, allow for any pregnancies – we don’t want that sash cutting them up or sitting too tight! Cut the ends either at a diagonal, or in a V shape like I did, because we’re faaaaancy.
2. Lay the sashes flat and paint on your words. I differentiated each member of the party—we had a Bride, a Maid of Honour, a Bridesmaid, a Mother Of The Bride, a Mother Of The Groom, and then the remaining 11 as “Fliss’ Hen Do”. I’d recommend a fabric paint rather than a fabric pen, as it is less soluble so doesn’t bleed into the fabric—some come with a pen style nib as well, so you wouldn’t even miss any fluidity in your handwriting. Having said this, I used the Sharpie 'stained' pen for mine! Ours were just painted on the front, but why not paint a message on the back, the location and date of the hen do, or do oversized loopy letters stemming the length of the whole sash?
3. Let dry. And once you think it may be dry, wait a bit longer to let it reaaaaally dry. This is something I feel Blue Peter never stressed enough, as we don’t want any smudges or fingerprints!
4. When they’re (reaaaally!) dry, fasten the brooch to pin it on together. Wear with glorious abandon, and paint your respective town, city or village red!
5. Post-hen party, detach the brooch and wear it everywhere—why not wear it to the wedding, as a cute reminder of how much fun you had?
I mean, it’s not rocket science, but it is wedding science, and that’s almost as important I feel.
Let me know if you make any sashes, and let me know if you have some Bespoke Vintage Castle goodies as part of your big day! Both would fill me with joy…
To Nick & Fliss!