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Old 01-09-2012, 04:51
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Default How to attach flowers to a dress sash?

So, a good friend of mine asked me to make her a big flower for her hair for her wedding. No problem there--that's right up my alley. But today she called and asked if I could do smaller versions of the same flower on a sash for her to tie around her wedding dress.

I've never made a dress sash before, and I'm unsure of the best way to attach my flowers. If I glue them, I think you'll be able to see and feel the glue on the backside, right? If I sew the flowers directly to the sash, the stitches will show on the back side. I try to be very neat with my stitches, but no matter how hard I try, they're never very "pretty." So this isn't my first choice. I could cover the back side of the sash (and the stitches) with felt or something, but wouldn't that make the dress sash stick up a bit unevenly?

I'm curious how those who make dress and maternity sashes add their flowers and embellishments, and how they make the "backside" look? This one is for a friend, but she is paying me good money and I want to make sure what I make for her looks professional and lovely.

I'd really appreciate any help and advice, ladies. I'm really stumped on this one! Thanks!
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I have wanted to do some satin sashes too.. If you are using the double faced satin and the flower is to be worn at her waist in front, nobody would see the back .. right> I would think be as neat as you can with your stitches.. or why could you not do the flower with a felt backing and a pin back?? Just thinking .. good luck. I think there were some tutorials when I googled or youtube.
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I use a felt backing...

Arrange your flowers in the conficuration that you want them (on top of felt) roughly trace around the outside edge... trim the felt so that the edges are nicely rounded and smooth...your flowers should overlap the felt slightly so the felt cannot be seen from the front. Lay the felt down...glue the ribbon on top. Glue the flowers/embeliishments on top of that...the ribbon should be sandwiched between the felt and the flowers.


It's exactly the same as making a headband and finishing the back with felt....but bigger.

Hope this helps!
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I use a felt backing...

Arrange your flowers in the conficuration that you want them (on top of felt) roughly trace around the outside edge... trim the felt so that the edges are nicely rounded and smooth...your flowers should overlap the felt slightly so the felt cannot be seen from the front. Lay the felt down...glue the ribbon on top. Glue the flowers/embeliishments on top of that...the ribbon should be sandwiched between the felt and the flowers.


It's exactly the same as making a headband and finishing the back with felt....but bigger.

Hope this helps!
Yes, what Janet said! Also, I would suggest adding a brooch bar to the flowers to make them removable from the sash. That way the sash can be laundered without damaging the flowers.

Best of luck! Bet she'll look beautiful!!
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First of all, thank you all for your replies and help. I really appreciate it!

So, let me see if I understand what you're suggesting... I lay my flowers (in the grouping they'll be in when in their final placement) on top of the felt so that I can trace their approximate shape onto the felt. I cut out the felt in that traced shape. I glue that felt on what will be the backside of the ribbon. Then I sew or glue my flowers onto the topside of the ribbon.

Is there a benefit to cutting the felt into the approximate shape of the flowers rather than just doing a rectangular strip that fits the width of the ribbon? Oh wait. I think I might have just answered my own question. Is it so that if you have flowers that are larger than the ribbon and "bleed" off the edges of the ribbon, they will still be backed by that felt?

Jeni, that's a great suggestion about the pin backs. I might just go that route and not worry about felting the back side at all...

Thank you SO much ladies!
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The felt on the back side is also beneficial to give a clean, uniformed look. I would still felt the back side. If you go this route just skip the ribbon middle. I'd love to see completed pics when you're done!
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First of all, thank you all for your replies and help. I really appreciate it!

So, let me see if I understand what you're suggesting... I lay my flowers (in the grouping they'll be in when in their final placement) on top of the felt so that I can trace their approximate shape onto the felt. I cut out the felt in that traced shape. I glue that felt on what will be the backside of the ribbon. Then I sew or glue my flowers onto the topside of the ribbon.

Is there a benefit to cutting the felt into the approximate shape of the flowers rather than just doing a rectangular strip that fits the width of the ribbon? Oh wait. I think I might have just answered my own question. Is it so that if you have flowers that are larger than the ribbon and "bleed" off the edges of the ribbon, they will still be backed by that felt?

Jeni, that's a great suggestion about the pin backs. I might just go that route and not worry about felting the back side at all...

Thank you SO much ladies!
I like to cut a more organic shape than a rectangle or oval... I just think it makes everything look nicer on the back side, and helps to make sure all the "Ugly" on the back of any of your flowers... and any glue is covered.
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I like to cut a more organic shape than a rectangle or oval... I just think it makes everything look nicer on the back side, and helps to make sure all the "Ugly" on the back of any of your flowers... and any glue is covered.
Quick question for you. Do you put the felt on the back of the flowers, or on the backside of the ribbon? Or both?
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I put it on the backside of the Ribbon, so the ribbon is sandwiched between the felt and flowers... I just feel like it gives the piece more stability and a cleaner look.
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Default Re: How to attach flowers to a dress sash?

I wanted to thank you all again for your advice and tips. It was SO helpful!

I finished the sash and did back it in felt like you suggested, and I'm super happy with how it looks. Now I totally get what you mean that the felt acts as a "stabalizer." It was too "floppy" without it. So, thank you for the tips!

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