No baby shower is complete without the sash identifying the mom-to-be (as if the baby bump is not enough!) My client asked for this sash to be a funny one. We've all heard the baby mama jokes so she wanted to showcase that on her sister's sash. This is the first time I've made a sash and I like how it came out. It perfectly carries through the hot pink zebra print theme without being overwhelming.
The hunt for just the right sized ribbon was a daunting one, but I finally found this 3" grosgrain ribbon at JoAnn's Fabrics in the hot pink of my dreams, LOL! Once I found it, I purchased 1.5 yards. I chose the Jubilee font because it was long and skinny. I didn't want any of the letters to extend further than the front of her body so it could be read at all times. Jubilee has a font shadow (cut in black) and the main letters (cut in glossy hot pink zebra print cardstock). I cut the capital shadow/letters at 2" and the lowercase ones at 2.25" because the uppercase letters were too long to fit on the sash at first. Once all the letters were cut, I ran the zebra print letters through the 1" xyron and adhered it to the shadow.
There are many ways to attach cardstock to ribbon, however, I decided to try something new. I had an 8.5x11" sheet of wonder tape by ranger (double-sided strong tape) and decided to cut it with my Cricut. I only cut out the shadow of the letters using the vinyl setting to perform a kiss cut. That way the tape was cut but the backing for the wonder tape was not. If I cut all the way through, the letters would have been hard to take off the backing because they would have curled up too much.
|wonder tape with the letters I cut removed to show kiss cut|
|the pre-set settings for the kiss cut used with vinyl and wondertape|
This tape is permanent and has a strong hold so I had to line up the letters ahead of time and note where the words would start and stop. That made placement a breeze.
To hide the fact that a bobby pin closure is located at the end of the sash (to join the part on her back to the part on her front at her side, I created this embellishement with a circle punch, bling brad, paper studio fabric flower and a jumbo zot glue dot. Surprise!! Ths sash was a hit at the baby shower. And now it's a regular part of my crafting repetoire! You can have yours for $20 (+tax shipping & handling).