Making a Cummerbund

by Laura Hageman ; Updated September 28, 2017

A cummerbund is worn around the waist to accessorize a suit, generally for weddings. They are typically satin and a solid color; however, sometimes it can add more class to the suit if a design or patterns are on the cummerbund.

Items you will need

  • Thread/needle
  • Pins
  • Satin fabric

How to make a cummerbund

Step 1

Take a measurement. Measure from one side across the front of the waist to the other. Cut a rectangle shape in the material, according to measurement. The width should be 5 inches.

Step 2

Fold over the top and bottom of the material by 1 inch and press with steamer. Stitch a quarter-inch from each end, along with the top and bottom. Cut a length of material according to a measurement taken around the rib cage. The width of the material is one-third of an inch. Feed the material through the stitching in order to tie it to the cummerbund.

Step 3

Make the pleats. Cut four pieces of material the same length of the rectangle and 1 1/8 inches wide. Cut one piece of material the same length but with a smaller width. The smaller pleat will go on top, while the others will need to be placed on the material in layers.

Step 4

Pin on the pleats at each end of the cummerbund. Then press the fabric. Remove pins and sew on the pleats.

Step 5

Tie the cummerbund. Make sure it fits and looks the way you want it.


  • Pleats of cummerbund typically face upward.

About the Author

Laura Hageman has written varied articles on real estate to entertainment topics for the past three years. Hageman wrote a romantic comedy novel entitled Her Desire listed on She has written for Web sites such as CurrentForeclosures and Triond over the course of 7 years. Hageman holds a Bachelor's degree in Arts.