Fabric trims are accents that add an extra finishing touch to your sewing. They turn your finished garments/accessories 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
Checkout the 10+different types of Fabric trims available which can turn your ordinary garment to just wow.
1. Lace 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.
Checkout this post on my favourite types of lace fabric and lace trims
Ribbons are usually made of nylon and satin and is used extensively as embellishments. Those made of nylon come in broader designs whereas satin ribbons are mostly narrow. Nowadays printed ribbons are also very popular.
Ribbon embroidery is a decoration that is very popular and uses a thin satin ribbon. Nylon ribbons are also used for making artificial flowers. Metallic ribbons are beautiful when added as a trim.
You can manipulate, fold and ruche ribbons to make even prettier fabric trims. For more details on how to make trims using ribbon check out the post ” 5 easy to make Ribbon Trims“
Check out this post on the 15 types of ribbon for more details on the different types of ribbons you can use.
You can make beautiful flowers with ribbons and add them as embellishments as well – check out this post on 6 types of ribbon roses you can make
3. Braids & tapes
This refers to plaited/braided silver or metallic or cotton threads which are used to decorate fabric. There are many types of braids – one is a narrow rounded braid with center sewing ditch, which is mostly used for draw strings, button loops, lacing; then there is a narrow flat braid used for an accent trim; then there are cotton loop braids which are novelty decorative edging( also used for lacing).
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.Embroidered / beaded tape /gimp
This is a tape with embroidery weaved in it or decorated with sequins and beads and sequins. This can be made of silk, cotton, nylon and satin. You usually see floral and geometrical embroidery in these tapes.
Gimp is a decorative trim with metallic wire or coarse cord making designs on a flat tape.
6.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.
Cord is a trim made by twisting different yarns. You get a cotton cord which is used as a filler inside the piping. There are cords made of polyester /nylon yarn. There are cords with an extra edge so that you can attach them to the fabric. Cords have different applications in sewing – they can be used as drawstrings, straps, piping, ties. Check out this post on the 16 different types of cords used in sewing and crafts.
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
7.Bias tape Piping
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.
Fabric tubes are made out of bias cut fabric strips. You can make them by including cording inside or without the cording. Check out this post on making fabric tubes.
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. Check out the 7 different ways to make pompoms
This is a bell shaped trim made by tying a number of yarns together. They can be used individually as a trim or added to a long tape in a row for attaching to long edges.
Tassels are attached to hems of garments and scarves as a great looking trim.
11. Rhinestone embellished trims
12. Sequin embellished trims
13. Embroidered fabric trims
14. Ric Rac trims
15. Braided/knotted/macrame trims
Even without adding any fabric trim you can embellish your fabric – just add of any the decorative edge finishing stitches mentioned here or braided stitches described in this post or Border embroidery stitches outlined in this post. You can also decorate your fabric with any of the 50 methods descibed in this post on adding texture and embellishments to fabric.