Wardrobe Makeover with Trim

Decorative fabric trim gives even humdrum clothing and accessories a chic new look.
multiple trims sewn on the diagonal across garment

multiple trims sewn on the diagonal across garment

Related To:

  1. Crafts
  2. Sewing

Materials and Tools:

garment to update
assorted fabric trim (bullion, fringe, tassels, embroidered ribbon, rick-rack, etc.)
straight pins
sewing machine or needle and thread
Fray Check

Steps:

1. Spread the garment out on a flat work surface. Starting with a heavier piece of trim at the bottom of the garment, pin the trim in position. Use a seam as a starting point, and keep the trim as straight and flat as possible. Note: It takes about a yard of trim to go around an average skirt or dress.

2. Attaching the trim is simple: just sew it in place, either by hand or with a sewing machine. Apply a few drops of Fray Check liquid to seal the edges.

3. Add as many rows and varieties of trim as you wish. Contrast colors to create patterns and designs with the trims.

Alternate: To apply trims to a handbag, simply lay the trim in place with a slight overhang at the ends. Glue the trim to the bag with a strong fabric glue or with hot glue designed for fabric. After the glue dries, trim away the excess and apply Fray Check to the ends.

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