Ric-Rac (Rick-Rack) Rose

Ric-Rac (Rick-Rack) Rose

However you spell Ric-Rac, thDSC02956is old fashioned fabric trim is making a comeback, -very trendy

right now with the love for all things Vintage and in high street fashion from Cath Kidston to French Connection.

I will be teaching the lovely folk at the Kingston Carers Network next week how to make a rose.  I’m really looking forward it!

What you will need:



  • Ric-rac – 10 or 12mm wide and at least 60cm in length per colour or 120cm of one colour.
  • Fabric glue – I like Hi-Tack Fast Tack glue
  • Basic sewing kit – pins, scissors, needle and thread to match
  • A brooch pin eg 30mm Brooch Pin Bar Back Backs – or large safety pin or a hair slide
  • Fabric scrap for leaves – approximately 20cm x 10cm – of a complimentary colour – doesn’t have to be green!
  • leftover Easter eggs for eating!



For my vintage rose I used two complimentary colours – pink and raspberry 10mm/3/8ths inch approx. wide – 60cm/24in of each colour.  Use double length (120cm) and fold in half if using just one colour.



Pin the lengths together at one end. I pinned this onto my sewing basket to make the next step easier or you may want to enlist the help of a friend.




Interlace the two lengths together – then iron flat.



Fold down one end diagonally to make the middle of the rosebud and roll up the interlaced lengths.

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You can use fabric glue (eg. Hi-Tack Fast Tack glue) as you roll or I preferred sewing it to keep it in place. A little tip – I keep a white candle handy. If my thread starts to tangle I run it over the thread.

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You can stop there and sew on a brooch back, or make leaves in a complimentary colour !

cut out a leaf shape from card – and draw onto the wrong side of the fabric.


cut out twice, with right sides of fabric together so you get four – I used pinking

shears here to help with any fraying.


Putting right sides together, sew up the edges by hand or machine, leaving the stem

end open so you can turn it right-side out.





Before you turn it right-side out, snip the tip back a little. I used a satay stick to help me turn it and get a sharp leaf tip.






Now you can add a decorative edge to your leaf edges – maybe a nice decorative stitch in a similar colour by hand or machine. Don’t go overboard – you don’t want your leaves to steal the show from your rose. I left mine plain.

To make the leaves curl – use a straight stitch down the middle for gathering it up and secure in place with a stitch.



Sew the leaves onto the back of your rose.



Now add a brooch pin, or hair slide (barrette).




Fold back the ric-rac rose petals to open up the rose as much as you want – you can open it or keep it tight like a rosebud. Add a dab of glue to help keep the petals open if necessary. Wear with pride ! (on a top, cardigan or bag) or instead of a brooch add a hair slide to the back to jazz up your ponytail !




Try metallic ! for classy evening wear or vintage girly twin set.





Sewing phone cases with year twos

Last week I was happy to help out with two year two classes and was most impressed with their work with the needle (they didn’t stick themselves too much!), colour choices (great contrasting threads!), and design features (flaps, button closures -you name it! ) …..

They really challenged themselves…Colour me impressed!

A BIG thank you to the teachers and children for an enjoyable week of stitch :)




Never underestimate the imagination of a child…I needed a bit of inspiration from the partial solar eclipse.



It is important to make a teaching sample first to find any pitfalls…of course they all want to make them quickly, but one tip for next time might be to decorate them before sewing the sides up. An excellent book: Fairy Things to Stitch and Sew by Usborne Activities.


Flap or no flap ? The flap was a great place to add stitch – buttons, cross- stitch and applique.


The children learned couching, applique, straight stitch, and blanket stitch. Sewed on buttons and beads and shapes…looked at geometric design and making up their  own shapes, like this appliqued dinosaur – GREAT!


Pretty contrasting threads ! Top tip: a needle threader- an adult’s skill level is measured by how fast one can thread a needle ! :)



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Super Big pompom














Pom-Poms have surely never been so popular. So I guess my first post had to be about a pom-pom. :)
Here is a quick way of creating a pom-pom using no extra tools but your hand and a pair of scissors.

Here I have used SMC Super Big wool, 100% acrylic.

1. cut a length of wool you would like to tie it with – about 30 cm +
2. put this between your fingers.
3. start wrapping around your hand.
4. cut off the wool when you get a full amount – about 10 wrap-arounds for chunky yarn/wool.
5. use the original length of wool you first put between your fingers to tie around the middle of your bundle.
6. make sure you have even lengths on both sides, then tie tightly, and double knot.
7. now start to trim it, cutting the loops, then “styling” your pom-pom to make it more even.

8. optional:  you can spray it with glitter or  a light spray of hairspray to set it.

Uses: tie it round your wrist; hang it from a door knob; put it on top of a wooly hat; string more together for bunting,  or cut the tie to the length of your pom-pom, and like Rainbows leader Sally says…glue on googly eyes and feet !

Happy Pom-Pom making !!Rainbows' rainbow creatures


Rainbows’ rainbow creature makes!


Rainbows had lots of fun with this make.

For more advanced shaping, cut your pom-pom into a heart - I sprayed with glitter glue to set the shape-great practice for giving a haircut to a poodle ! :) kx

For more advanced shaping, cut your pom-pom into a heart – I sprayed with glitter glue to set the shape-great practice for giving a haircut to a poodle ! :) kx

-Karen x