Ric Rac roses are perfect for so many uses; add them to garments, hair and accessory items or perhaps in your next home décor project. The size, color and look of your finished rose is up to you. Consider mixing colors, spraying the edges or adding a pearl center. The idea is simple; the base instructions given below will get you started.
Fold the 3 yards of Ric Rac in half and place a binder clip along the folded edge. Cross the two ends of the Ric Rac over and under each other to form a braid. Continue until the entire length has been braided. Optional: Using the iron, press the braid prior to moving onto the next step.
Place the braid under the presser foot of your sewing machine and stitch along one edge approximately 1/3 of the way up from the edge. Remove the binder clip as you reach the opposite end and continue stitching. Note: We have used contrasting thread to showcase the steps.
Starting with the cuts edges, roll the braid upon itself, as you stitch into the bottom edge to secure. Continue rolling and stitching until you reach the opposite end. Secure the end with a couple of stitches, cut and remove the needle and thread. If desired, cover the bottom of the rose with a circle of felt or other fabric. Add pin, magnet or jewelry backings as you see fit.
Use your fingers to open the rose by folding back the Ric Rac. Optionally: You may use the tip of your iron to press open the flower edges.
The size of the rose can be altered by the size of the Ric Rac used as well as the yardage.
Basic Sewing, Measuring, Cutting and Pressing tools and supplies
Fall Fringed Table Scarf How To:
Cut 18 inch by 40 inch rectangles from both fabric prints and cotton batting.
Layer the two prints right sides together and cover with the batting. Pin all layers together.
Stitch using a 1/2 inch seam, leaving a 6 inch opening along one of the long edges of the table scarf.
Clip corners at an angle to remove excess fabric. Turn right side out and press. Turn in the fabric along the opening.
Pin chainette fringe along all of the edges of the table scarf, creating mitered corners with the fringe. Top stitch along the top edge of the fringe, turning under the raw edges and overlapping at the meeting point.
Sew a second row of stitching next to the lower edge of the fringe.
Remove the bottom cording from the fringe, allowing the fringe to hang freely.
Fleece Fabric – 1/2 yard
Polyester Fiberfil Stuffing
Assorted colors of Polar Puff trim
How To: Fun Flower Pillow with Polar Puff Trim
Cut two 14” squares from Fleece
Top stitch Polar Puff stems to pillow front.
Handstitch Polar Puff flowers to the pillow front.
Stitch the pillow front to the pillow back, right sides together,
leaving a 4” opening along one side. Clip corners.
Turn right side out and press carefully. Insert stuffing into the pillow.
Hand stitch the side opening closed.
Creating Polar Puff Flowers
Wrap Polar Puff into a tight spiral until you have achieved the size desired. Cut Polar Puff and then using a needle and thread; stitch into the the back of the spiral to secure. Add a second color of Polar Puff continuing the spiral and stitching as you wrap.
Upcycled Tea Towels with Decorative Trimmings – Design by Lorine Mason
Make Upcycled Tea Towels by taking plain tea or dish towels to the next level is so easy with the use of Decorative Trimmings wide selection of trims; lace, braids, pompom trims and rick racks. Make some for yourself or perhaps as a gift for friends and family. Bake a loaf of bread and welcome a new neighbor with these Upcycled Tea Towels. You can make a different set of the towels for each season or month of the year. They are also great shower gifts. Handmade items are always nice to receive.
Using a stitch ripper, remove the hem stitching along the sides of the towel. Note: It is only necessary to remove stitching in areas where you intend to add rows of trim. Press the side hems flat.
Measure across the width of the towel, and cut lengths of trim using this measurement.
Using a ruler and a marking pen; draw lines across the width of the towel, perpendicular to the hemline to indicate where trim will be attached.
Lay trim along the drawn lines and stitch using a coordinating color of thread.
Stitch trim along the bottom edge of the towel.
Refold, press and sew the side seams back into place.
Note: Fabric glue may be used instead of sewing. Follow the manufacturer’s directions to apply the glue. The use of glue is suggested for towels used for decorative purposes only. If you intend to glue the trim make sure the glue is designed to be washed.