Making a bow out of the Student Union sash
1. Take about a half-metre length of sash and fold it into layered loops so that you have two loops on either side. This easiest of methods works as both sides of the AYY sash are identical. If you have a sash with a clearly shiny and a clearly matte side, you need to form the loops in two layers, making this part slightly trickier. Attach the layers with a pin through the middle and cut the sash – but leave some leeway. You will need about 10 centimetres of sash for the final part.
2. Check the bow’s symmetry by, for example, folding the opposite loops together. Fasten the middle part of the bow by sewing or quickly by stapling it back and front to be sure. As the fastening will stay hidden, it does not need to be pretty, but you should go for sturdiness instead – a steady central fastening makes the bow look sharp. Trim off the excess sash at a suitable length.
3. Attach the bow’s band to the middle of the back with a pin. You should take good care with this to guarantee a beautiful result. Sew the band’s end tightly onto the bow at the correct spot.
4. Check the symmetry of the front of the bow and secure with a pin.
5. Take the band back to the back of the bow and cut to a suitable length.
6. Sew the band’s end near the front end’s fastening, preferably with a slight overlap. You should put a lot of effort into this, make lots of small stitches also at the sides of the band to guarantee it staying in place.
7. Sew a good fastener into the back of the bow, preferably a brooch bar from a craft store rather than an ordinary safety pin. A safety pin is also fine, but a brooch bar will keep the bow closer to your garment and keep it sharper.
8. When making the bow, pay attention to not making it the wrong way around! As the AYY sash is worn on the right shoulder and the bow similarly on the right side, the silver stripe should face down and outwards. If the bow is made of the sash worn by women on the right, the same rule – ‘down and out’ – applies. The correct place for the bow on the garment is the roughly palm-sized area between the shoulder, neck and chest. Like the sash, the bow must not touch bare skin.