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.
Ric Rac Roses Supply List:
Three yards Natural Ric Rac #00580-008
Needle & Thread
Felt or Fabric circle – Optional
Iron – Optional
Ric Rac Roses How To:
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.
A simple row of lace and a floppy bow provide this otherwise plain Wedding Clutch with just the touch of elegance needed for your next event.
DIY Wedding Clutch with Bow Supply List:
Fleur De Lis Venice Lace – One yard
Suede like Fabric – ½* yard
Foam Interfacing/Stabilizer – 8 inches by 14 inches
Large Snap Fastener
Basic Sewing, Measuring, Cutting, Pressing tools and supplies
DIY Wedding Clutch with Lace Bow How To:
Cut two 9 inches by 15 inches rectangles from the fabric*. Note: The project sample was created by using the reverse side of the suede fabric as the lining. If you choose not to do this, purchase additional fabric for the lining and cut one rectangle from each of the main fabric and the lining fabric.
Cut one 8 inch by 14 inch rectangle from the foam interfacing/stabilizer.
Place lace edging across the right side of the clutch fabric, situating it 1 ½ inches up from the front edge. Top stitch along either side of the lace edging. Diagram A
With right sides together, pin the front and back of the clutch together and stitch around the outside edge using a ½ inch wide seam and leaving a 4 inch opening along one side. Clip the corners. Diagram B
Turn right side out and insert the foam interfacing/stabilizer. Turn in the opening along the side and hand stitch closed.
Fold the bottom edge of the clutch up towards the top forming a 3 ½ inch deep pocket. Pin. Topstitch around the outside edge of the clutch, stitching ¼ inch away from the outside edges. Sew snap to the clutch. Diagram C
Cut a 18” length of lace edging and fold in half, overlapping the two ends. Using a needle and thread stitch the end together and then wrap the thread around the center forming a bow. Stitch back into the center to secure the thread wraps. Diagram D
Cut a 1 inch by 2 ½ inch rectangle from the main fabric. Fold the edges in towards the center and then wrap around the center of the bow, overlapping the ends and stitching to secure.
Stitch the bow on top of the lace trim. See project photo
Adding the finishing touch to a plain dress might be as simple as adding a flourish of painted lace to a piece of velvet ribbon. With the lace embellished belt tutorial, success is a given. Upon completion you will be sure to garner the attention your creativity deserves.
Lace Embellished Belt Supply List:
1 1/2 inch wide velvet ribbon – waist measurement + 12 inches
Buckle suitable for 1 1/2 inch wide ribbon
Acrylic craft paint – silver
Fabric painting medium
Fusible crystals & Crystal application tool
Basic sewing, cutting, measuring and pressing tools & supplies
Lace Embellished Belt How To:
Lay the lace spray on a flat surface and choose which elements will be incorporated into the design. Cut out the desired element.
Lay the lace on a piece of waxed paper and spray with Stiffen Stuff™, turn over and repeat. Let dry.
Following the manufacturer’s directions, mix fabric painting medium into the acrylic paint.
Using the paintbrush; brush the pre-mixed acrylic paint over the lace cutout. Take your time to assure complete coverage. Turn the lace over and repeat. Let dry.
Once dry, repeat if necessary.
Insert one end of the ribbon through the buckle, fold the ribbon over the buckle center letting it extend 2 1/2 inches. Turn the raw edge of the ribbon under 1/2 inch and top stitch through all layers of the ribbon to secure the buckle onto the ribbon.
Cut the opposite end of the ribbon at a 45 degree angle.
Try on the ribbon belt and mark the center front point.
Position the lace accent on top of the ribbon, matching the center points. Remove and carefully add glue to the back of the lace accent. Reposition the lace accent onto the ribbon and place a heavy object on top. Let dry.
Following the manufacturer’s directions; apply fusible crystal accents to the lace as desired.
Fall Fringed Tote
By Lorine Mason
Fringe is hot right now and using Decorative Trimmings Faux Leather Fringe trim will keep the cost down while your fashion level rises. Step by step diagrams and full instructions will have you sewing your very own Fall Fringe Tote in no time at all.
Supplies for Fall Fringe Tote:
- Brown Canvas Duck – ¾ of a yard
- Grommets – Two ¾ inch
- Foam board or other Stiff Material for bottom of bag – 4 ½ inch x 17 inch rectangle
- Basic Sewing, Pressing, Cutting & Measuring Tools and Supplies
How To for Fall Fringe Tote:
Cut the following from the duck fabric:
- Tote Front: One 16 inch x 19 inch wide rectangle
- Tote Sides & Back: One 16 inch x 28 inch rectangle
- Straps: Two 4 inch x 32 inch rectangles
- Top Binding: 2 ½ inch x 44 inch rectangle
- Tassel Cord: 1 inch x 24 inch rectangle
- Fold each of the straps right sides together lengthwise and stitch along the unfinished edges. Turn right side out. Press, then topstitch down either side. Diagram A
- Lay the tote front on a flat surface and mark twelve lines, spacing them 1 inch apart, across the 18 inch width of the tote. Mark the first line 4 1/2” up from the bottom edge. Diagram B
- Starting at the line drawn closest to the bottom edge; lay faux leather fringe along the line and then stitch it in place. Repeat adding and stitching a row of fringe along each of the marked lines. Note: Always work from the bottom up towards the top of the tote. Diagram C
- With right sides together; stitch the tote front and back together along the sides. Diagram D
- Trim the faux leather fringe away from the seam. Fold in half lengthwise and press. Trim the opposite seam to ¼ inch. Lay the folded seam over top of the trimmed seam and top stitch. Diagram E
- With right sides together fold the tote in half and press a crease into the side seams. Stitch the bottom seam. Diagram F
- Fold the bottom of the tote so that the bottom seam aligns with the side creases and forms a point. Stitch across the point, using the side seams and crease line as a guideline. Diagram G
- Pin the straps to the top edge of the tote, spacing them 10 inches apart. Diagram H
- Turn under each of the ends of the binding strip ½ inch and press. Diagram I
- Pin the binding strip to the outside edge of the tote, centering the ends at the front of the tote. Stitch using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Turn under the raw edge ½ inch, then fold the binding strip over the top edge of the tote, covering the seamline. Top stitch the binding strip in place. Diagram J
- Fold the strap up over the binding strip and top stitch to hold in place. Follow the manufacturer’s directions to apply two grommets to the center front of the tote along the binding strip. Diagram K
- Fold the tassel tie in half lengthwise, right sides out. Fold both the ends in towards the center fold. Press well. Topstitch down either side of the tassel tie. Insert the tassel tie through each of the grommets. Diagram L
- Cut two 6 inch lengths of faux leather trim. Using a needle and thread, wrap faux leather trim around the end of the tassel tie and stitch through all layers, continue wrapping and stitching until you come to the end of the fringe. Wrap the thread around the top of the tassel and stitch into the tassel to end. Trim threads. Repeat to create a tassel for the opposite end of the tie. Use project photo as a guide.
Supplies for DIY Drawstring BackPack featuring Polar Puff Trim:
Fleece Fabric – 1/2 yard each of two colors
Cotton Fabric for Lining – 1/2 yard
Grommets – Three 5/8”
Drawstring Cording – 3 1/2 yards
Assorted colors of Polar Puff Trim
How to for DIY Drawstring BackPack featuring Polar Puff Trim:
Cut the following from Fleece & Lining Fabric:
Bag Front & Back
Two 15” by 17“ rectangles
Front Pocket #1
One 15” x 14” x 8”
Front Pocket #2
One 15” x 5” x12”
Lining Fabric Only:
Two 4” x 14” rectangles
- With right sides together, place the pocket lining on top of the corresponding fleece pocket. Stitch along the top seam line.
- Turn right side out and press carefully. Top stitch polar puff trim to the pocket fronts,using the project photo as a guide to placement.
- Layer Pocket 1 on top of the bag front, aligning it up with the sides and bottom edge of the bag front. Cover with Pocket #2 and pin.
- Top stitch a vertical line, starting at the point the pockets cross and stitching through all layers of the pockets and bag front. Following the manufacturer’s directions apply a grommet to the bag front.
- Layer the bag back on top of the bag front, right sides together. Stitch along the sides and bottom edges. Clip the corners. Turn right side out and press.
- Turn under the sides of the drawstring channel pieces 1” and top stitch. Fold each channel piece in half lengthwise right sides out and press.
- Pin each of the channel strips to the top edge of the bag back and front.
- With right sides together, stitch the bag lining pieces together along the sides and bottom edges leaving a 4” opening along the bottom edge. Clip the corners.
- Insert the bag inside of the bag lining. Pin then Stitch along the top edge.
- Pull the bag through the opening at the bottom of the lining. Top stitch the opening closed.
- Insert the lining down into the body of the bag. Top stitch 1/2” down from the top edge of each of the drawstring channels, as well as 1/2” below the bottom edge of the channels.
- Following the manufacturer’s directions; apply grommets to each corner of the bag.
- Cut the drawstring in half. Attach a large safety pin to one end of one of the drawstrings; thread it through the front and back channels, starting on the left side of the bag. Repeat with the second drawstring starting on the right hand side of the bag. Adjust the cords so that they are even. Thread through the bottom grommets from front to back. Double knot the two cords together. Tie an overhand knot at the end of each of the cords to prevent fraying, then trim close to the knot.
Lace and Braid Key FOB
Dress your favorite keys with layers of layers of Decorative Trimmings. Simple step by step instructions will have you creating in no time at all. Great lace and braid stash buster.
Supplies for DIY Lace and Braid Key FOB:
Basic Sewing, Measuring, Cutting and Pressing Tools & Supplies
How To DIY Lace and Braid Key FOB:
Cut the following the Lace and Braid Trimmings: two 12 inch lengths of Cluny Lace Edge, one 12 inch length from each of the Chinese trim and Soutach.
Lay the two 12 inch lengths of cluny lace edge trim next to each other. See Diagram A
Press fusible tape to the wrong side of the Chinese Braid. Remove the paper backing from the tape and press the Chinese Braid on top of the two layers of the Crochet Trim.
Stitch the Soutach down the center of the Chinese Braid.
Stitch down either side of the Chinese Braid.
Trim the ends of the lace if necessary and apply a thin layer of jewelry glue. Fold and insert into the clamp. Close with pliers. To project the finish of the Key Fob clamp, use a small cloth between the pliers and the Key Fob or wrap the pliers in tape.
Attach the ring to the Key Fob clamp.
DIY Wrist Clutch Design by Lorine Mason
Simple foldover Wrist Clutch perfect for a pair of sunglasses, some lipstick and whatever else you might need on your next outing. Choose your favorite Decorative Trimmings and dress up the the basic canvas fabric base. Slip the strap over your wrist and you are on your way.
Supplies for the DIY Wrist Clutch with Lace Trim:
- Decorative Trimmings – Assorted
- Canvas – 1/4 yard
- Cotton print lining fabric – 1/4 yard
- Medium weight fusible interfacing
- Large snap fastener
- 1 1/4 inch metal ring
- Sewing Machine
- Basic Sewing, Measuring, Cutting and Pressing Tools & Supplies
How To make a DIY Wrist Clutch with Lace Trim:
Using the pattern, cut out one clutch from the canvas fabric, a second from the lining fabric and a third from the fusible interfacing. To request a full size pattern, leave a comment at the bottom of this post asking for the pattern for the DIY Wrist Clutch with Lace Trim.
Iron interfacing to the back of the purse. Press fold lines across the width of the purse using the measurements provided. Stitch two rows of lace trim across the front of the purse, spacing them 1/2 inch apart. See Diagram A
Stitch braided trim on top of the lace trim. Stitch a second piece of braided trim along the bottom edge, placing it 1 1/4 inch up from the bottom edge. With right sides together, fold the strap tab in half and stitch using a 1/4 inch seam. Turn right side out, press , then top stitch down either side. Fold in half and insert metal ring. See Diagram B
Cut a 2 inch by 12 inch strip. With right sides together, fold in half and stitch using a 1/4 inch seam. Turn right side out, press, then top stitch down either side. Fold in half, and insert metal ring. Stitch across the raw ends. Turn the strap inside out, sliding the seam next to the ring and top stitch across the end. See Diagram C
Pin the strap to the bag front, attaching it 1/4 inch below the upper fold line. See Diagram D
With right sides together, cover the purse front with the purse lining. Stitch around the outside edges, using a 1/2 inch seam and leaving a 4 inch opening along one side. Clip corners, turn right side out and press. See Diagram D
Create the purse pocket by folding the bottom edge of the purse along the lower fold line. Top stitch around the outside edge of the purse; stitching 3/8 of an inch from the outside edges. Create the purse flap by folding the top edge of the purse along the upper fold line. Follow the manufacturer’s directions to apply a snap closure to the purse front. See Diagram E
DIY Hair Accessories – Polar Puff Design by Lorine Mason
Children’s Polar Puff DIY Hair Accessories can be expensive and you can make your own with ease. Make DIY Hair Accessories that coordinate with the clothing they own. Many little girls love to dress up. An easy way to make a plain outfit special is with Hair Accessories.
Supplies for DIY Hair Accessories:
- Plastic Hair Bands, Hair Elastics, Barrettes
- Decorative Trimmings – Polar Puff Trim
- Double Sided Tape – ¼ inch wide
- Needle & Thread
- Glue Gun
- Basic cutting, sewing and measuring tools
- How to:
Hairbands – DIY Hair Accessories
Starting approximately 1 inch up from the inside edge of the hairband, press double stick tape to the surface of the hairband. Wrap the tape around to the front of the hairband, across the top and down and around the opposite end.
Remove the backing tape from the double stick tape as you work. Press Polar Puff trim into the tape along the inside edge and then turn the trim 45° and wrap around the hairband end continuing wrapping it around the hairband until you have covered approximately two thirds of the hairband. Trim.
Repeat covering the remaining section of the hairband by starting from the opposite end. Trim.
Cut a length of Polar Puff trim and tie a bow over and around the hairband covering the meeting point of two sections of Polar Puff trim. Alternating add a Polar Puff Circle Flower
Hair Elastics & Barrettes – DIY Hair Accessories
Create Polar Puff Flowers following the diagrams provided. Cut felt circles to cover the back of the flowers.
Glue Polar Puff Flowers to Hair Elastics, and onto hair bands by inserting the elastic/hairband between the felt and the flower. Add glue, press together and let dry.
Glue felt circles to the back of the Polar Puff Flowers then glue to the front of barrettes.
Luggage Tags are a nice way to customize your luggage to make them easier to spot in baggage claim. It is also a great way to show off your skills. Great gift idea!
Design by Lorine Mason
Supplies for Luggage Tags:
- Canvas Fabric
- Decorative Trims – Cotton Trimmings
- Heavy Weight Fusible Interfacing
- Medium Weight Fusible Interfacing
- Permanent or Fabric Marker
- Sewing Machine
- Basic Sewing, Cutting, Measuring and pressing Tools & Supplies
How To make Luggage Tags:
Cut out two tag shapes from the canvas fabric for each luggage tag. Create your own basic tag shapes or if you would like patterns, leave a comment and we will be happy to send you a copy.
Iron medium weight interfacing to the back of one of the tag pieces. Stitch lace trim to the tag front. Use the project photo as guide to placement. Diagram A
Stitch two additional rows of lace trim to the tag front, overlapping the edges. Diagram B
Stitch braid trim down the center of the tag, covering the edges of the lace trim. Cut trim even with the tag edges. Diagram C
Iron heavyweight interfacing to the back of the remaining tag. Layer the two tags on top of each other, right sides out. Sew an overcast stitch around the outside edges of the tag. Follow the manufacturer’s directions to apply a grommet to the tag. Diagram D
Cut a fabric strip 1 1/2 inches by 10 inches in length. Fold the raw edges towards the center and press. Fold in half and press. Top stitch down the center adding a piece of cotton soutache trim. Diagram E
Fold the strip in half forming a loop, insert the loop through the grommet. Bring both ends through the loop and tighten.
Add name and contact information to the back of the tag with a permanent or fabric marker. Diagram F
Cut a strip 1 1/2 inches by 5 inches in length. Fold the raw edges to meet in the center and press. Diagram G
Stitch two rows of lace trim to the tag front, spacing them 1/2 inches apart. Diagram H
Center the fabric strip on top of the lace trim. Top stitch down either side. Diagram I
Sew three buttons to the tag front. Iron heavyweight interfacing to the back of the remaining tag. Layer the two tags on top of each other, right sides out. Sew an overcast stitch around the outside edges of the tag. Diagram J
Cut a fabric strip 1 1/2 inches by 10 inches in length. Fold the raw edges towards the center and press. Fold in half and press. Top stitch down the center adding a piece of cotton soutache trim. Diagram K
Follow the manufacturer’s directions to apply a grommet to the tag. Fold the strip in half forming a loop, insert the loop through the grommet. Bring both ends through the loop and tighten.
Add name and contact information to the back of the tag with a permanent or fabric marker. Diagram L
Iron medium weight interfacing to the back of one of the tags. Stitch a row of lace trim to the tag front, attaching it 3/8 inch up from the bottom edge. Diagram M
Stitch additional rows of lace trim, overlapping them as desired. Diagram N
Stitch a row of braid covering the top edge of the final row of lace trim. Diagram O
Cut a fabric strip 1 1/2 inches by 10 inches in length. Fold the raw edges towards the center and press. Fold in half and press. Top stitch down the center adding a piece of cotton soutache trim. Diagram P
Iron heavyweight interfacing to the back of the remaining tag. Layer the two tags on top of each other, right sides out. Sew an overcast stitch around the outside edges of the tag. Follow the manufacturer’s directions to apply a grommet to the tag. Diagram Q
Follow the manufacturer’s directions to apply a grommet to the tag. Fold the strip in half forming a loop, insert the loop through the grommet. Bring both ends through the loop and tighten.
Add name and contact information to the back of the tag with a permanent or fabric marker. Diagram R
Enjoy your handmade luggage tags.