Congratulations on your engagement!!

Now it's time to go searching for that perfect gown. The one that makes you feel like a million bucks. The very dress that makes you swell with tears and get all giddy inside. You set your budget, get your gal pals together and head to the bridal store. You try on several dresses and have a blast with your friends. You eventually find the dress you want. It's the one you've always dreamed of, but, it's lacking something. It needs a touch of sparkle, pizzazz or flare. 

There are several ways in which you can add to your gown to make it more extravagant. You could add a broach, embroider beads into it, add more lace, or tie a sash around the waist. I personally love the sash idea. It's something that you can easily take off and switch out later. 

Sashes are something you can make yourself as well. I recently went out to see what the stores had to offer in the way of items to make for a bridal gown sash. Creativity got a hold of me and I came up with three different ideas.

Sash #1:

What you'll need-

  • fishing line (not pictured)
  • needle (not pictured)
  • ribbon
  • earrings
  • hair barrettes
  • burlap bow
  • broach
  • hot glue gun/glue sticks (not pictured)

I took the backs and rod off the earrings, the clip off the barrette, and cleaned up the burlap bow. Next, I sewed (using the fishing line and needle) the broach into the center of the burlap bow. Now I was ready to assemble. I placed my items on the ribbon in the order which I wanted it. I then sewed into place each item with the fishing line and needle. Once done, I then hot glued another piece of ribbon on the back to cover the fishing line which added extra security to keeping the decor in place. This was a super easy project- other than burning my fingers with the hot glue gun. I would like to warn you, sewing with fishing line is never easy. It is a little hard to keep on the needle and even harder to tie it off.

Sash #2

You will need:

  • fishing line (not pictured)
  • needle (not pictured)
  • hot glue gun/glue sticks (not pictured)
  • ribbon
  • 2 head bands
  • 2 barrettes

Cut your ribbon to length making sure you have enough to tie it off in the back when wearing it. Now, cut the black backing off of the head bands so all that's left is the top decorative pieces. Take off the backing (barrette) piece of the flower barrette and then place on ribbon in the order you want it. Next, sew into place and then hot glue an additional piece of ribbon to the back.

The 3rd Sash

You will need:

  • 2 sets of earrings
  • 2 headbands 
  • ribbon
  • hot glue gun/glue sticks (not pictured)
  • fishing line (not pictured)
  • needle (not pictured)

Follow all the same directions as the other sashes. Make sure to take the backing and rods off the earrings and cut the elastic ends off the headbands. 

You can always add beads, diamonds, broaches, and anything else you want that would make your sash unique. Check out our Pinterest board for more ideas which we have collected for you!

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