I love the new trend towards bridal belts the past few years, the little bit of sparkle and shine they add to a wedding dress is just so pretty! Bridal Belts help a bride who is already glowing, shine even brighter :).
When creating my look for the Downton Abbey party at Alt Summit, I ordered a black lace dress from Forever 21. Obviously, I am not a teenager anymore – lol, so I needed a little something extra to bring this thrifty dress to an age appropriate, classy level. Which is when I thought of adding a bridal sash to it!
The sequin sash DIY is super easy to make if you have the right materials. Sequin trim and appliqués are great fun to work with, and gorgeous to look at. I found a fabulous source for them HERE. Once you have those bad boys in hand, the rest is cake. Let me show you how to DIY.
Sequin Sash DIY. (The Bridal Belt)
- Black satin / silk ribbon
- Sequin applique notions
- Fabric scissors
- Fabric Glue for no-sew version
- – or – basic needle and thread
STEP ONE: Measure around your waist and multiply that number by 3. Cut a piece of ribbon using that measurement.
STEP TWO: Determine the very middle of your cut ribbon.
STEP THREE: Place a piece of tin foil underneath your sash to protect the surface underneath (if doing no-sew version). Play around with your sequin appliqués and determine their placement on the ribbon – making sure to keep the center of your ribbon in tact.
STEP FOUR: For no-sew version – Using the fabric glue, lift up each piece of sequin appliqué from its placement, and glue underneath. Make sure the glue stretches to the end of each sequin appliqué as you do not want them lifting up off the belt. Allow to dry fully. For sewing version – simply take your needle and thread and hand stitch around each piece of appliqué carefully.
STEP FIVE: Trim ribbon ends on an angle so that they have a nice sharp edge, and either use fray check on them or take a small flame to them for 1 second burning the edges so that they won’t fray. (I have also heard clear nail polish works well, but have yet to try this method).
*Please note – Since this belt was made for a simple Alt Party, I did the no-sew method for ease. But if I was creating an actual wedding sash that would be used as a handmade keepsake for generations to come, I would take the extra time and sew them on by hand with needle and thread. Both versions will give you fantastic results.
And you are finished!
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