How to Apply Rick Rack

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How to Apply Rick Rack
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Rick rack is a flat, woven zigzag trim that adds a bit of whimsy to a sewing project. It can be purchased in a wide variety of colours and widths, making it simple to apply to seams or fabric surfaces. Store-bought fabric household items or inexpensive clothing can be embellished with a touch of rick rack and serve as gifts for family and friends for the holidays. Finished rickrack projects can be created quickly and sewing novices will have instant success.

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Things you need

  • Sewing project
  • Straight pins
  • Ruler
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Matching thread

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    Rick Rack Seams

  1. 1

    Lay your fabric to be sewn right side up on your work surface. Pin jumbo-size rick rack along the raw edge, with the trim centred over the edge of the fabric. Half of the rick rack should hang over the fabric a 1/2-inch, horizontally.

  2. 2

    Attach the rick rack to the fabric using a zigzag stitch and a 1/2-inch seam allowance from the outer edge of the rick rack. Turn over the fabric to see the zigzag stitch straddling the raw fabric edge.

  3. 3

    Place the fabric with the attached rick rack face up on your work surface. Place the corresponding fabric piece to be seamed right-side down on the first fabric. Line up the edges, allowing the sewn rick rack to extend beyond the edges a 1/2 inch. Pin the edges together.

  4. 4

    Sew the pinned edge of the fabric using a 1/4-inch seam allowance from the raw edge of the fabric. Turn the stitched fabric right side out and press the rick rack edge. One long edge of the rick rack will protrude from the seam, similar to the spines along a dinosaur's or dragon's back.

    Top-stitched Rick Rack Band

  1. 1

    Pin the rick rack just above the cuff or hem of a pillowcase, dress or other project--at a point where it looks good to you--so it follows the line of the hem or cuff. The rick rack can be any width.

  2. 2

    Put the project in your sewing machine and backstitch at the beginning of the trim to keep it from coming loose.

  3. 3

    Top stitch down the centre of the rick rack using a long stitch length on your sewing machine in a matching thread colour. Fold the edge of the rickrack under when you get to the end of the fabric. It should cover the raw end of the starting point of your rick rack if applied to a circular project like a dress hem. Back stitch to prevent the rick rack from coming loose.

Tips and warnings

  • When attaching a seam-edge rick rack trim, straight seams like those on pillows, blankets or place mats work best.

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