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What in the world did we do before there was rickrack? The myriad uses of this notion made it a fabric
store staple before your grandmother was big enough to even sit at the sewing table. You probably
already know that you can applique a skirt with it, gather it into flowers for a crazy quilt, use it as
an edging on a pincushion or pillow, crochet around it and even incorporate it into nifty embroidery

But, did you know you can braid rickrack?

I almost feel silly sharing this “technique” with you, but when I first came across this treatment on a
vintage tablecloth in a thrift store, it was a real ah-ha moment for me. Sometimes the simplest ideas are
the hardest to come by.


The pictures really sum it up pretty well but I’ll tell you how to make braided ric rac just in case. Ok,
first, take a deep breath. Now, take two same-sized lengths of ric-rac, pin them together at the top and
wrap them around each other to form a candy cane pattern. I recommend pressing the final result just
to “set” the trim and get it to lie perfectly flat. Ok, that’s it – you’re done. Now you have an authentic
vintage detail for your next dress, skirt, apron or tablecloth! How’s that for easy sewing?


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    Dec 9, 2010, 07.46 AMby littlemisssew

    LOVE it! Although,it’s not a new thing to me,I never actually thought it could look that fun… I used to see it on my gramma’s linen,but never imagined doing it myself. i can already see it edged on some christmasy things looking like candy canes^^

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      Dec 9, 2010, 04.30 PMby eringilday

      Candy canes for x-mas sewing – why didn’t I think of that?!? Genius. I’d love to see what you do with that idea!

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    Dec 9, 2010, 06.33 AMby sewlikeabee6

    eringilday thanks for the reply back, on the jeans I saw the big ric rac on the bottom. The other day I saw a lady wearing jeans that back in the day,they would make a slits in the left side and right side and fill it in with material you have to use jeans with some room at the bottom. I like that style have not done that one yet I am new on burtastyle I have seen a lot of cool and neat stuff like you make.Have a great day!

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      Dec 9, 2010, 04.29 PMby eringilday

      I know the kind you’re talking about! This would be perfect for a pair of those. Thanks for reading, Bee!

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    Dec 9, 2010, 05.55 AMby luxihere

    i am loving it…now i need few yards of ric rac please…

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    Dec 9, 2010, 01.24 AMby eringilday

    You’re welcome embaby! Enjoy!

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    Dec 9, 2010, 12.25 AMby embaby

    I never knew ric racs could be used this way. Thanks for the cool tip!

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    Dec 8, 2010, 10.19 PMby loyl8

    wow really simple and has a whole new look to your everyday sometimes i feel too cheesy rickrack. thank you

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      Dec 8, 2010, 10.35 PMby eringilday

      You’re welcome, Loyl!

      I agree, it is a very different look – I didn’t recognize it as rickrack when I first spotted it. The colors I used in the sample were the only two rickracks I had in exactly the same width but you can achieve a more subtle effect with similar toned colors ~ white and cream or light blue and dark blue would be pretty. It doesn’t have to hit you over the head with a candy striped effect to add interest!

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    Dec 8, 2010, 09.50 PMby crocka

    This is a great idea! I was just thinking last night as I stared at some of my scraps of fabric, I wonder how I can braid these. I know they’re not ric-rac but this is still an excellent idea.

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      Dec 8, 2010, 10.11 PMby eringilday

      Fabric braiding is a whole ‘nother enchilada, for sure. I’d love to see what you come up with!

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    Dec 8, 2010, 09.13 PMby kraftykatina

    Ack! I love ric-rac. Thanks for this idea : )

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      Dec 8, 2010, 09.15 PMby eringilday

      You’re welcome Katina!

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    Dec 8, 2010, 08.33 PMby zilredloh

    I love this post. But I wish there were links for the sources of all the images.

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    Dec 8, 2010, 08.14 PMby hdk100

    A-ha!!!! / ;) /

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      Dec 8, 2010, 08.25 PMby eringilday

      I know, right?

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    Dec 8, 2010, 07.27 PMby sewlikeabee6

    I like ric rac it is vintage, I have quite a bit of it and I am going to use it when I find some thing I can use it on. I us to see it on jean ,but now I do not see much of it at all, the stores still sell it. Thanks for the Vintage ric rac detail. IT will come in handy.

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      Dec 8, 2010, 08.03 PMby eringilday

      Thanks, Bee! And ooo I’ve never seen this on jeans. Now THAT’s classy.

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    Dec 8, 2010, 06.43 PMby ellohdesign

    very cool tip!

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      Dec 8, 2010, 08.02 PMby eringilday

      Thanks!! It has always served me well. =)

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