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How to Sew a Sash for a Halloween Costume

Halloween is a fun time when you can let your creative sewing talents go wild. This year how about creating an amazing beauty pageant costume, complete with a sash. You may not know how to sew a sash, but do not worry because it is really quite simple. Here are the step by step instructions on how to sew a sash for your beauty pageant Halloween costume.

Step One: Gather your supplies. You will want to choose a silky fabric in white. You will want a 5/8 piece that is 20 inches long. You will also need iron on letters or craft markers for the lettering. You need a spool of basic white thread and a spool of gold thread.

Step Two: Cut the fabric. Across the width of the fabric, cut four 5 inch strips.

Step Three: Assembling the sash. You need to sew two pieces together with right sides together. Repeat this with the remaining two strips. It may help at this point to press the fabric, so it is easier to work with. You now should sew the two pieces you have together so they make one long strip. Make sure you have the right sides facing the same direction. Fold the sash lengthwise so raw ends meet, right side in. Sew the seam. Now you will need to turn the sash right side out by pulling it through.

Step Four: Now you need to fix the length of the sash. Put the sash on with the seam at your shoulder and place it across your body. Cut the sash at the desired length at a 45 degree angle.

Step Five: Sew the cut ends together.

Step Six: Finishing. You can now create a decorative edge with the gold thread using your sewing machine by sewing the outside edges of the sash. You should also create the lettering.

NOTE: For easier assembly you can wait to sew the sash in step Three along the edge to close it. Instead you can sew it closed during step six with the decorative edging stitch. Simply, do steps four and five with the sash lying open. Just be sure to always pay attention to the right sides of the fabric.

WARNING: Make sure to always hold the fabric firm so there are no puckers when sewing and assembling. It can help to press the fabric often to remove wrinkles and help it lay flat.

Tip #1

If you don't already have one, buy a used sewing machine and make sure that you will enjoy and stick with it. As you learn the techniques and become skillful, you may decide to spring for a new machine later.

Tip #2

Focus on learning one sewing skill at a time. Become good at that technique, then move along and learn the next.

Tip #3

Become acquainted with the tools you will need to become good at sewing. As you master one tool, start practicing with another and the first thing you know, you will be a sewing master!

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