What is ric rac trim? A #DIY tutorial @ ChellyWood.com for #dolls #crafts


Today’s tutorial video answers the following questions:

  • What is ric rac trim?
  • How do I use ric rac trim?

If you look back at Monday’s post this week, you’ll see that our model Made-to-Move doll wears a purple tank top with a batik skirt. Look closely at that skirt:

Please visit ChellyWood.com for FREE printable sewing patterns and tutorials for doll clothes that fit dolls of many shapes and sizes. Image shows a Mattel Barbie doll wearing a hand-made skirt with ric rac trim sewn under the hem for a scalloped edge look to the skirt. The batik patterned fabric looks a lot like blue and green water bubbles on a purple background. The skirt flares and the ric rac trim peeks out from beneath the skirt in a blue wave like water cresting the surface of a lake. The doll's feet sport a pair of pointed-toe purple plastic shoes with high heels, and she stands atop what appears to be a hardwood floor in a doll-sized diorama. The watermark in the corner of this skirt-only photograph says, "ChellyWood.com: free printable sewing patterns and tutorials for dolls of many shapes and sizes."
Please visit ChellyWood.com for FREE printable sewing patterns and tutorials for doll clothes that fit dolls of many shapes and sizes.

Do you see the scalloped edge around the bottom of the skirt? This is one of three methods for applying ric rac to dolls’ clothes that will be demonstrated in today’s video tutorial.

Since I posted a video demonstrating how to design your own doll skirt pattern yesterday, and today I’m showing you how to apply ric rac, the idea here is a simple one: you can design your own basic, rectangular-shaped doll skirt pattern and decorate your skirt with ric rac.

Hopefully this challenge proves to be both fun and enlightening!


Additional Information:


Some of my followers have wondered what motivates me to give my patterns away for free.

First of all, I’m a librarian by trade. Librarians love free stuff! We believe that the more a person knows, the more enriched their life will be. So it may sound kind of crazy, but I want ChellyWood.com to become a sort of library of free patterns that help people learn to sew doll clothes.

If you’d like to learn more about my motives, feel free to visit my Chelly’s Books page.

My Gallery Page is the easiest way to search through all of my patterns to find what you want. Each image on the Gallery Page takes you to links for patterns and tutorials.

Need help printing my patterns? This link offers a tutorial showing you how to download and print my FREE patterns using Google Docs. (For the older print-a-pattern tutorial, which uses Microsoft Word, click here.) To review my difficulty scale (demonstrating how hard or easy a pattern is by the number of flowers displayed), take a look back at this blog post.

Please note: you must enlarge my patterns to fit a full-sized piece of American computer paper (8.5 x 11 inches or 216 x 279 mm) without margins, before printing. These designs use a scant 1/4 inch seam (4 mm to be exact).

My patterns are now available through “Creative Commons Attribution.” This means that I created my patterns (and therefore I own rights to them), but I’m willing to share them with everyone who will tell people about my website.

Here are some helpful ways to tell the world about my patterns:

Are you new to sewing? I’ve got a playlist of tutorials for the beginning sewists on my YouTube channel. It includes video tutorials showing you how to do a basic straight stitch when sewing by hand, how to use the whipstitch to hem a garment, how to sew on snaps, and even how to design your own doll clothes patterns, for those who are new to design and alterations.

In case you haven’t heard, I have actually designed some commercial patterns for Lammily LLC. You might want to visit the Lammily website to see what they’ve got going on.

If your question wasn’t answered here, feel free to submit a question. I’m always happy to help my followers find what they need, so they, too, can make amazing doll clothes and craft

2 thoughts on “What is ric rac trim? A #DIY tutorial @ ChellyWood.com for #dolls #crafts

  1. Oh, cool! I never knew it was called something.. I always called it ‘wavy trim thing’ lol.

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