A text from my sister said: I commission you to help me make a sash that says “cinco de farewell” for Lauren. Bc our going away drink night for friends and fam is Monday.
A nice sash shouldn’t be flimsy and should have a 4″ width – enough room for text legible from across the room.
My brother gave me a stash of 4″x4″ blue upholstery samples a month ago and I’ve been looking for the right project to use them.
I think we have found a match.
- Determine required length: Lauren and I share the same build so it was easy for me to determine the proper length and text positioning.
- Sew pieces together: I used a ladder stitch to join (without overlap) the pieces. I opted for no overlap and a visible stitch since the pieces already had a trim stitch and the pieces are heavy enough to make it difficult to fold had I gone with a single stitch on the wrong side.
- Sew button and button hole: my singer 160th anniversary machine is built with button and button hole sew settings. It also came with the button hole foot. This was my first time using these features. With a quick read of the instruction book I had myself a nearly perfect button hole and button sew to the sash.
- Paint / Affix text: I had 3 options of getting the text onto the sash.
- Create a stencil using the Silhouette SD and stencil to sash using fabric paint.
- Cut thin fabric or durable paper using the Silhouette SD and sew to the sash like an appliqué.
- Paint freehand. I love my silhouette but my recent love of calligraphy made me opt to free-hand.
- Embellish: I added a feather, some pearls and flowers as a finishing touch. Feathers were left over from D’s moms birthday party. Pearls came from a Forever 21 necklace that unraveled. Flowers are from a lei that I took apart.
Moral of the story: one persons junk is another persons craft supplies. (A very bad moral if you’re trying to shed hoarding tendencies).
So, I MAY have cheated and didn’t quite freehand in the true sense of the word. I held thin brown wrapping paper to my laptop monitor and traced the desired font at the desired size. I held the brown paper on top of the sash and lifted the brown paper as I went with the paint pen on the sash under the brown paper. Ok. So, I traced rather than freehanded. I’ll call it freetraced.