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Over the next few weeks I will be sharing with you projects which are oriented to gift giving, getting ready for the holiday season and utilizing ric rac as a trim.
You are probably thinking, ric rac is a bit too retro?
I think it's fun to incorporate this trim on projects! That's my story and I am sticking to it!! It is a trim that can appear modern and fun or vintage... you choose.
The story of ric rac (also spelled rickrack & ricrac) goes back to the 1800's.
Ric rac has been described as a flat narrow zig zag shaped braided trim used for clothing and curtains. Before the popularity and availability of sewing machines and sergers it was used to conveniently finish the edges of fabric.
This trim became popular and peaked in use in the 1970's, at the time of "Little House in the Prairie" and likely as I surmise, along with the increased use of the home sewing machine.
Any way I cut it, ha ha pardon the pun! I like it for the following reasons:
Now on to the project at hand......
Double Ended Oven Mitts, so handy to hang conveniently on your oven. No need to hide these beauties away!
A great gift for the chef/baker in your family or keep to use for your kitchen!
I am keeping mine, I need it for upcoming Christmas decor and baking.
What you will need:
How to make your double ended oven mitts:
mitten front rounded areas.
5. Baste at the edge of 2 of the mitten fronts, the 2 pieces of ric rac to the
straight edge of the mitten. See below:
6. Attach the trim piece (3 x7") right side down to the ric rac and sew
with a 1/8" seam allowance
7. Repeat for the other pocket as in 6 above.
8. Sew the back of the front pocket to the other side of the trim (green) as
shown below (right sides together). Make 2 of these
9. Applique or embellish if you wish now on the ric rac side of the front
pocket. See below:
I cut out some owls, fused them with fusible web
and used invisible thread to appliqué them.
10. Fold your mitten fronts over the 7 x 8 1/4" pieces of batting. (Batting
sandwiched on the inside of the mitten) Trim if necessary.
Stitch in the seam ditch between the trim and the ric rac and sew all
around the outside edge of the pocket to hold together- 1/8" in from
the edge. Repeat for the second pocket.
12. Bind with pre-prepared bias, 2 1/2 double fold binding using a 1/4" seam allowance. Bind as you would a quilt! See below:
You are now ready to put your double sided oven mitts to great use or save them for someone special this Christmas.
Doesn't that ric rac look adorable!!
Happy Baking and Happy Tuesday!
Hi I'm Robin and I am a professional long arm quilter, pattern designer and teacher. I am passionate about all things quilty!
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