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So What Is Rickrack Anyway?

According to Wikipedia:

Rickrack is a flat piece of braided trim, shaped like a zigzag. It is used as a decorative element in clothes or curtains.[2] Before the prevalence of sewing machines and overlockers, rickrack was used to provide a finished edge to fabric,[3] and its popularity was in part due to its sturdiness and ability to stand up to harsh washing conditions.[4] Rickrack is produced using a variety of fibers, including cotton, polyester, wool, and metallic fibers, and is sold in a variety of sizes and colors.[4]

Rickrack is a type of embellishment that can bring more some real character to your designs.

If you want to learn some more about other Tasteful Clothing Embellishments, please check out the article below.

Tasteful Clothing Embellishments: A Practical Guide

Rickrack has been around since the mid 19th century when it was known as “waved crocket braid” or “waved lacet braid”.  It has enjoyed ebbs and flows of popularity over these many years.  I think it is kind of timeless and authentic things so I like to use it when I can.

In learning more about rickrack to share with you, I came across this fascinating image of an “olde time” rickrack braiding machine from the 1800's.

By Sunfox – <a rel=”nofollow” class=”external free” href=”https://www.flickr.com/photos/sunfox/3862612911/sizes/l/”>https://www.flickr.com/photos/sunfox/3862612911/sizes/l/</a>, CC BY-SA 2.0, Link


Why don't you give rickrack a try on a future sewing project?  I think you'll be surprised from the list below of all the different ways you can use it.  I know I was!

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Rickrack Sewing Projects Roundup

Here's the list of some of the best rickrack sewing projects and patterns that I could find on the internet.  I hope they are of value to you.

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I love these ideas! Rick- rack always makes me feel happy, memories of childhood dresses?? I think these new ways to use it are great. Thanks from Australia, Vanessa

Mayra Cecilia
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Reply to  Vanessa

Very happy you find this list useful!


Glad to see rick-rack coming back! I love the multi-colored wide rick-rack, too. I made a quilt recently and embedded the wide, colored rick-rack in the binding. It really set it off!