Rick Rack To The Rescue: A Quick & Easy No Sew Makeover

4 Materials
50 Minutes
For those of you like myself who aspire to sewing greatness but sometimes feel intimidated by the more mechanical aspects of sewing machines, I know you’ll appreciate this easy method for adding rick rack trim to your sewing projects.
I had decided recently to create a chair cover using a fabric with an overall pattern in a small scale for a bedroom chair. The fabric color and pattern was right, but after stapling the fabric into place on the underside, I realized something was missing. It just looked a little…blah.

It occurred to me that I might be able to add some colorful rick rack trim, but I DEFINITELY did not want to remove the fabric that I had just carefully stapled into place in order to stitch it on. And then it hit me ~ why not just glue the rick rack into place?

First, I gathered my supplies: Calico fabric (previously stapled onto back of chair pad by me), sharp fabric scissors, and a choice of two different types of adhesives. I ended up using the Liquid Stitch, but the Aleene's Tacky Glue would have worked well, too.
After cutting out 4 lengths of rick rack and angling the ends for mitering of the corners, I carefully applied the adhesive to the rick rack (usually you can't tell which is the front side and which is the back). Next, I lined up the corners so that they were mitered and firmly but carefully pressed the rick rack onto the chair pad, making sure that it was evenly placed on all 4 sides.
This close-up shows the mitered corners. Not perfect, but no one can tell from a distance!
A quick double-check to make sure everything was applied in a straight line.
Sit back and admire your work! This was a super-easy cottage chair makeover that cost only a few dollars, yet it really created a bright & cheery look for our bedroom.

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Suggested materials:
  • Calico fabric   (Jo-Ann Fabrics)
  • Colorful rick rack   (Vintage - free from my mother-in-law)
  • Batting   (Jo-Ann Fabrics)
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Mary (Cottage B at Home ~ Vintage Country Living)
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