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Welcome to my DIY Chair Sash Bow Tutorial! Put a bow on it. That’s my mantra. Bows just make everything cuter. I have grand plans to repaint my black kitchen table and chairs one day. I am kind of over the dark black and want to lighten them up at bit.

In the meantime, I spotted on Pinterest some projects of old chairs turned into beautiful and stylish chairs. So I busted out some fabric from the Online Fabric Store and added some bows to the back of the chair.

The chair bows lighten up the chairs and cutesies up our table.

I chose a neutral sort of Charcoal so that I could add holly and evergreen for Christmas or pine cones and leaves for the fall. Here’a an example of similar fabrics you can get in Amazon too (affiliate link).

They are super simple to make. They are actually just a strip of fabric folded over and hemmed.

What’s the Meaning of Sashes?

A sash is a long strip of fabric that you wear over one shoulder and typically drapes across the body. It is basically a decorative accessory.

Materials can be silk, satin, or organza typically.

  • In formal events, they are part of a military or academic dress. Usually they add medals, badges, or other symbols of achievement or rank.
  • In beauty pageants and other similar contests, sashes have the name or tittle of the contestants on them.
  • In weddings, chair sashes are a decorative accessory for the chairs that are used during the reception or ceremony.

You can tie the bow in a variety of styles, such as a classic bow or a more modern, asymmetrical design.



DIY Short-tailed Sash Bow

This is a very short bow with two turns at the back of the chair. You can make it even simpler with just one turn or more sofisticated (maybe if it is for an event) with more than two.

I do a standard bow as well but you could do a double-loop bow with a longer piece of fabric.

You can change the appearance of a chair sash bow by adjusting the placement of the knot. To keep the bow from unraveling, ensure that the knot is tight before shifting it to one side.

Another option is to vary the height of the sash. Depending on the type of chair you have and to enhance the look, consider the position of the bow.

For chairs with backrest railings, thread the sash through them before creating the bow to keep it in place. If the chair has horizontal bars, try wrapping the fabric vertically before forming a bow to add visual interest.

I have seen amazing ones with side bows and beautiful creative designs.


  • 50” of home decorfabric
  • sewing machine
  • iron
  • rotary cutter and mat (or scissors)

Step-By-Step Instructions

Step 1 – Measures

Measure your chairs and cut your fabric accordingly. I cut mine to 14” wide by 50” long.


Step 2 – Fold

Fold the fabric in half with right sides together and then sew along the top and side of your fabric. This creates a tube.


Step 3 – Turn it

Turn it right side out and iron flat.


Step 4 – Sew Shut

On the end that is still opened, fold and press it under and then sew shut.


Step 5 – Tie it

I just tied mine into a knot and fluffed the ends to look like a bow.

Tie it around the smallest part of the back of your chair that way when you pull it upward to the larger part of the chair you get a nice fit without it slipping.

Depending on your type of chair and fabric chosen consider using a hot glue gun to secure no movement of the bow or even a stylish brooch.


Step 6 – You’re Done!

Leave it plain or embellish them to make them fancier for the holiday season.

That’s why I like the neutrality of this color so you can give a different look every time using different ornaments.


FAQs and Tips

What fabric is used for sashes?

Some common fabrics used for sashes include:

  • Silk: Luxurious and elegant fabric that drapes beautifully.
  • Satin: Shiny and smooth. Adds a touch of glamour.
  • Organza: Sheer and lightweight. Creates a delicate and airy look.
  • Taffeta: A crisp and smooth fabric that holds its shape well.
  • Polyester: Budget-friendly that is wrinkle-resistant and easy to care for.
  • Lace: A delicate, sheer fabric that adds a romantic touch.

Ultimately, the choice obviously depends on what is it for. And also for how many chairs! It is not the same for a family home like mine here that for a big event with 100 event chairs!

Budget friendly DIY Ideas without buying fabric

If you’re looking for budget-friendly options for DIY chair sashes, there are a few alternatives to buying fabric that you could consider:

  • Scarves: Using colorful or patterned scarves as sashes can add a unique touch to your chairs.
  • Tulle: Tulle is a lightweight, sheer fabric that is often used for wedding decorations. It can be found in craft stores and comes in a variety of colors.
  • Ribbons: Ribbons can be tied in a bow around the chair for a simple and elegant look. You can use grosgrain, satin, organza or any kind of ribbon you find suitable.
  • Fabric scraps: If you or someone you know is a sewer, you may have scraps of fabric from previous projects that can be used as sashes.
  • Upcycling: You could also use old clothing, such as a shirt, a scarf or a wrap to make a chair sash.
  • Recycling: You could use an old piece of fabric such as a tablecloth, a napkin, or a curtain.

You can still create beautiful, unique chair sashes for your event while saving money.

Tips And Tricks To Be a PRO Sash Bow Maker

  • Choose fabric that complements the event theme and/or color scheme.
  • Measure and cut the fabric to the appropriate length and make sure the edges are straight.
  • Tie a knot in the center of the fabric to create a basic bow.
  • Adjust the bow size by pulling on the tails
  • Experiment with different styles of bows
  • Use chairs with backrest and thread the sash through the railings before creating the bow
  • Add accessories like brooch, flower or ribbon
  • Practice making different styles of bows before the event.

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