In the latest issue of Threads, there’s a quick little piece about trimming a pillow. I’m not working on any pillows right now but I am working on a crib bumper. Adrianna, another friend and I are making coordinating baby stuff for a friend due in January out of Anna Maria Horner’s Good Folks collection. I needed to trim the top and bottom edges of the crib bumper, but I don’t want anything that will distract from the fabrics themselves that are on their own pretty busy. I also don’t want to wait for trim to get here, since I won’t likely find anything I like locally. I also wouldn’t mind not spending more on the project if I can make something myself…
With the Threads article in mind, I made this bit of trim as a trial for sashing that will be part of a crib bumper. Well, I made a little piece first, and then I made 3+ yards of it.
And I thought I’d show you how. It’s so easy. And reasonably quick. And fun. And now I can’t stop thinking about variations on it. And layering it. Since my original piece is pretty low-contrast, I used unbleached muslin and red thread for this demo. And now I love that too.
Start with a zigzag (or other decorative) stitch, on the longest and widest settings. I pressed a crease in the middle of a 3.5″ piece of fabric so that I had a line to follow.
Now I’m thinking about skirt hems, dress hems, bib shirts with this down the middle and ruffles on the sides, stacking a bunch of lines of this on a skirt….
And now I have a new obsession. At least it’s not one that involves acquiring new gadgets.