20+ Unique {FABRIC TRIMS} to embellish your fabric

fabric trims

Fabric trims are accents that add an extra finishing touch to your sewn garments.They turn your finished garments from ordinary to extraordinary.

Fabric trims are available in all forms – simple as well as very ornate. These trims make perfect embellishments for a variety of garments like the edges of your scarves and dupattas, veils, headbands, belts, the hems of your skirts and blouses, shrugs, tunics and not to say what it does to a kids’ dress pattern you have decided to sew for your daughter. They are used extensively in wedding wear, hats, bags , purses; even your slippers can be decorated with these beautiful trims.

The best trims in my opinion are Laces. Laces can be made of Nylon, Rayon, Spandex, Cotton, Polyester, silk and even elastic. Lace is one of the most beautiful and expensive of all fabrics. When added as a trim it adds a special beauty to the fabric.You also find many other delightful trims like ribbons, ric rac trims which can turn you into an instant designer.

Checkout the 20+different types of Fabric trims available which can turn your ordinary garment to just wow. 

1.Ric Rac Lace

This is a lace in a zig zag pattern usually made in cotton, silk and metallic. This is stitched between pieces of fabrics showing one side of the lace to the outside.


Ribbons are usually made of nylon and satin and is used extensively as embellishments. Those made of nylon come in broader designs where as satin ribbons are mostly narrow. Nowadays printed ribbons are also vey popular. Ribbon embroidery is a decoration which is very popular and uses thin satin ribbon. Nylon ribbons are also used for making artificial flowers


This refers to plaited silver or metallic threads which are used to decorate fabric.



These consists of a header and  long threads hanging from it which are in a uniform pattern.They are usually made of cotton, satin wool and even leather.Checkout the post on making 9 different types of fringes

5.Tassle Lace

This is a lace made in cotton or nylon with tassles all along the edge. This is a type of fringe lace. Tassles are fringes knotted at one end. 

6. Hacoba Lace

An embroidered lace made in cotton. It usually has a cut work edge. This lace is usually found in light or white colours. Silken Terene aand cotton threads are used for embroidery in these laces.

7.Ribbon Pass Lace

This is a lace which has holes at regular intervals for ribbon to be inserted. This is used in heirloom embroidery. Both the edges of this lace are usually the same.

8.Insertion Lace

This is a beautiful lace usually stitched between two fabrics . Two edges of this lace are the same, so they can be layered on top of fabrics.

9.Cotton Beading lace

A type of lace with beading done on one edge. If inserted between two fabrics it looks as if beads has been embroidered on.

10.Metallic beaded lace

A metallic lace with embroidery done on it.

11.Embroidered tape

This is a tape with embroidery weaved in it. this can be made of silk, cotton, nylon and satin. You usually see floral and geometrical  embroidery in these tapes.

12.Edging lace

As the name suggests this lace is added to the edges and has only one edge finished which is visible outside and the other edge is inserted into the fabric panel.

13.Nylon Lace

This is a synthetic lace. This is nowadays commonly used because it is more affordable than those made from naturally woven fibers. They come with a straight sewing edge and a lace edge, which is mostly scalloped and or embroidered. 

14.Rope cords and strings

These are thin strands of fibers twisted together and are used extensively as an embellishment. These are trims usually used in home decor. They are also used in garments especially for period costumes.Satin cords are used as fabric trims for bridal veils, to make necklaces etc. Satin cords are very shiny on the surface.Nylon satin cords and rayon satin cords are very popular.Leather cords, metallic cords are also available


This is a strip of fabric , usually bias strip for elasticity, folded over a cord or string, forming a ‘pipe’  used to trim edges or style lines of fabric. This embellishment looks very striking when a contrasting colored fabric is used. Checkout the post on making and sewing piping. They are used on armsyces, necklines and hems with beautiful effect.

16.Shuttle Lace

This is a delicate handmade lace formed with knots of warp and weft threads. Also called tatted lace, this is made with a tool called shuttle . Very intricate and beautiful designs are created with fine yarn and the shuttle, with the looping and knotting process of tatting.

17.Elastic Lace

These are stretch lace and is used widely as embellishments for garments. They are also popularly used for making fabric headbands. 

18.Pom Poms

These are small balls made of fibers. They are  used as trims in hats and other clothing. Pom poms are added to military hats in France and other countries. 

19.Smocked lace

As the name suggest, this trim has rows of smocking on it. 

20.Gathered Lace

This lace gives the look of gathered fabric because one edge of this lace trim is gathered. 

21. Zari

It is  a brocade lace particularly used in decorating  Indian clothing.Originally zari was made from silver but nowadays it is made of copper wires and even plastic zari is known to be made. Most of Indian saris have a zari border weaved into it. This zari border is available in silver and gold colours. They are used to embellish many sewn items like bags, wall hangings, bedspreads not to say garments

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