My mother has no shortage of craft projects she needs for the Women's March on Washington. She sent me something she found on Facebook describing a sash that says she's from Florida. Since her friend is from Georgia and both states are mentioned on their banner I decided to make two-sided sashes for them. My mother's will have Florida on an orange ribbon in front with pink in back. Her friend will have Georgia on a pink ribbon in front with orange in back.
I got a Dymo Labelwriter 4XL for myself for a Christmas present. I thought 4"x6" mailing labels would make good stencils. I created a document in Affinity Designer and picked a font I liked and got my letters spaced nicely. Then I selected a 4x6 area and printed it. Then I selected an overlapping 4x6 area and printed that. I peeled away some of the backing under the R and lined it up with the other R on the second half of FLORIDA. Then I cut out the letters with an X-Acto knife. For Georgia I tried just letting the printer automatically cut it into two pages. This did not work well as it left out part of the R. I had to splice in an extra piece of sticker and freehand cut the part of the R that was missing.
|I cut my ribbon 30" long
|I made a two color pair for each sash
|I sewed the two ribbons together with a French seam so the ends don't unravel.
|I cut out the letters and then stuck the stencil over the ribbon on a piece of cardboard
|I cut out the centers of the O, D, and A and placed them by eye
|I squirted out some black puffy paint and applied it to the letters with a brush
|Good coverage on the ribbon
|I peeled up the sticker while the paint was still wet. Then I worked on Georgia
|Georgia ready for paint
I also did a test FL on a scrap of ribbon. The next day when it was dry I applied heat to my test with a heat gun. It definitely puffed up. But it also went gray and lost the glossy finish. I decided I liked how it looked better without heat.
|Above: Air dry 1 day, no heat
Below: Heated with a heat gun until puffy
|They can secure the sashes with safety pins before the march
|To keep the ribbon from getting creased or frayed
crammed into their luggage on the train I used an
empty toilet paper roll to wrap the ribbon.
|Ready to Roll!