Last week I shared some DIY Flower Sash tutorials & inspiration. Last week I went to work, attempting to make one myself, to dress up a little black dress I was planning on wear for a wedding I was attending.
How to make a DIY Fabric Flower Belt or Sash
- long strips of fabric [approx 4 inches wide and ranging in length depending on size of your flowers]
- needle & thread
- hot glue & hot glue gun
- card stock
- industrial velcro
Because my fabric strips weren’t long enough – I cut three out and sewed two together so that I could end up with one larger flower and one smaller flower:
This is a shot of my extra long piece – it was probably 3-4 feet long [sorry I didn't measure!!]
Next, fold the fabric strip in half and hand sew thread across the bottom, along the cut edges. I made loops of about one inch:
As you sew you will start to see that the fabric strip will begin to bunch up. This is OK! This is supposed to happen to make the fabric eventually form a flower.
Here is a shot of the final sewn fabric:
The next part I struggled with BIG time. This was taking the sewn fabric [above] and forming it into something that looked like a rose or flower. I ended up taking one end, and sort of just gathering the fabric in a circular pattern. This make take some practice and a couple tries!
Once I had something that faintly resembled a fabric rose, I went to town with hot glue. I cut a piece of card stock into a small square, threw some hot glue on it and delicately placed my fabric flower onto the square.
From there I added more hot glue into the flower to make sure it was all going to stick/stay in place on the card stock.
I trimmed the card stock a bit so that you couldn’t see it. Then I hot glued the two flowers to the end of a piece of purple, satin ribbon.
Then I used industrial velcro to finish off the belt. [A lot of other tutorials just tied the belt into a bow at the end - I thought about buttons or snaps, but had the velcro on hand, so I just used that. I think I might go back and use snaps instead :) - FYI]
I measured the ribbon around my waist and then SNIP, I cut the end and place the other piece of velcro there.
And VOILA! A beautiful hot pink fabric flower sash that added a bit of modern whimsy to my little black dress! I thought they ended up matching the shoes pretty well too! You could easily make this DIY fabric flower belt to snazz up a dress or even to snazz up your bridesmaids dresses!