Use the discount code SILLY to get your first month of the Funny Faces Quilt Block of the Month Club for free!


How to Embed Rickrack in a Seam – video

How to Embed Rickrack in a Seam - video

Rickrack is THE BEST.

When my daughter was little I made her a fabulous pair of pants. They were a super simple pattern, made of deep green velvet. What made them extra special was the pink rickrack I embedded in the side seams so the little waves peeked out between the two layers. That turned them from nice, soft velvet pants into Dragon Pants – and she wore them All The Time. Such a simple addition – and so much fun.

In this video I show you how to embed rickrack in a seam. Use it to make some Dragon Pants of your own – or add it as an easy (and sturdy) embellishment to all kinds of things.

Using rickrack this way makes a great trim at the top of a lined purse or tote bag – and it makes perfect monster teeth in lots of projects – like this tissue pack. . .

Monster tissue case - a free pattern from Shiny Happy World

Get the free tissue pack cover pattern here.

Or this Rice bag cover. . .

Vicks-Scented Rice Bag - to ease a cough and sniffles without having to use the sticky stuff - a tutorial from Shiny Happy World

Get the free rice bag pattern here, and the free pattern for the monster cover (complete with rickrack teeth) here.

Here’s the video how-to.

Get ready to add rickrack to all the seams! And have fun with it!


  1. Thanks for this tutorial. The effect is really cute. I can imagine using it on bags, especially for kids.

  2. I want to see a picture of these awesome sounding dragon pants!

    • I looked EVERYWHERE for a photo of her in those pants and can’t find a single one. 🙁

  3. Geri SAYS...

    This is so cute! Best tutorial I’ve ever seen for this technique. I would have loved to have seen the dragon pants… I guess I’ll just have to make myself some!

  4. Thanks for a great tutorial! By the way, and I hope this doesn’t sound creepy, but you have such pretty hands!

  5. Khara SAYS...

    Hey Wendi! I’m loving all your stuff! Great work! I know you’ve made some changes to your site and I wondered if this video got mixed up some how? It seems to be a video about sewing faux fur, but the post title says how to embed rock rack into a seam… Just wanted to let you know. 🙂

    • wendigratz SAYS...

      Thanks so much for letting me know! One of the things that happened when I switched hosting was ALL the embedded videos got lost and I had to re-embed them one by one. I just messed this one up – but I’ve fixed it now. 🙂

  6. I wanted to comment, much belatedly, to let you know I used this technique (in your Monster Sniffles PDF) to make not one, but SIX tissue pouches for the children in my home daycare. For Valentine’s Day. (For Valentine’s Day, and I’m only just now getting around to telling you about it. Yes, I’m that absent-minded…)

    I gave each child a pouch along with an adorable book (Love Monster, by Rachel Bright), and they were a total and complete hit. The children loved them, the parents loved them, and truly, after I’d cut the pieces out, I’m sure it didn’t take me much more than an hour to make all six. Easy-peasy!

    After watching this video, I wanted to compliment you on your presentation. You are a model of clarity. You speak at the right pace, you take the time to show us things, you pause at the right time. So many crafting videos flash the item at you so quickly you can’t take in what they’re supposed to be showing you. Very frustrating! With your videos, I’m never left thinking, “Now HOW did she do that, exactly??”

    Thank you for such an excellent website!

    • wendigratz SAYS...

      Thanks so much! And what a sweet gift!