March 3, 2011

Thursday's Tutorial from Jan !!

Hi ! Jan here today with a little how-to on the vintage seam binding look.

This look is so easy, and so inexpensive to accomplish.

Start with Hug Snug ! 100 yards is only $7.95 plus s&h here at While they have over 200 colors in stock, you will probably never use a whole 100 yards of any one color. So, I start with "winter white" and create my own colors.

You will need:
Hug Snug
Craft Sheet or tin foil
Water in a mister
Glimmer Mist (Tattered Angels)
And, if you are adverse to tearing things with your teeth, a scissors to snip the binding

Spray well with water, then a little of the glimmer mist. You will need far less of the glimmer mist if you use some water first.

Sop up the beaded color on the mat, and juggle the binding from hand to hand to be certain it is all evenly colored. You can add a second or third color of glimmer mist if you are looking for a special color. OR, the gold mist will leave you with a lovely sheen.

This will work on the Hug Snug, a number of different kinds of ribbons, and lace.

You can scrunch up the binding and leave it to dry overnight, or use your heat tool for a quick dry. The heat tool will shrink the binding very slightly, and also take out a lot of the scrunchy look.

This is the end result on a card - I used the gold glimmer mist on this one.

Don't bother with your big iron to smooth out the wrinkles, if that is the look you desire. Just pull your ribbon or binding through a curling iron. Your ribbon smooths out perfectly.

Don't do this on a day you have major plans - you will look like this til tomorrow !!

Speaking of tomorrow, I will be back with the Executive Committee Reveal of this week's challenge. See you then !!


Kras said...

Stunning post. Thanks for ostentation.

Emora Designs said...

Great tutorial Jan!

Tammylee said...

A great new addition to my craft room is the tiny curling iron I never use! Great idea!


Nicki S said...

This is a great tutorial! Thanks so much!

Elizabeth (Beth) Moore said...

Fantastic Tutorial Jan! What a great way to do your own wrinkled ribbon... I am going to try this one for sure!

bosenberries said...

thanks so much for the tut! I didn't know what that ribbon was called... even better that it is affordable! Cheers, Robin

Jen Cuthbertson said...

I never know which seam binding to look for at the fabric store - thanks for the link where to get it! Great tutorial - this looks easy and I think I should start making my own instead of buying it! :)

One4Joy said...

Fabulous tutorial and one that I will definitely try...or I could just run over and beg a few yards of YOUR ready made stash!!!

Great job on this,neighbor!

Gloria Stengel said...

Hey, Jan! Very cool. I love making my own wrinkle ribbon! But, you do have inky fingers for DAYS! I also make some with just distress reinker and water. No glimmer. Works great. I heat set it and ta-da!

Angi @ CokiePop said...

I'm definately going to try this while I'm off for Spring break. Love this idea. :)

Tracy said...

Nothing like inky fingers for days. LOL it's worth it in the end though. Thanks for the great tutorial Jan!

designbydonna said...

Great money saving idea and we are all for that!. Use the money you save on a box of those cheap latex gloves at the drugstore. Prevent those colored hands.

Kimberly Anne said...

I love making my own seam binding ribbon! Great tutorial, Jan. I never thought of using a curling iron to make it flat.