Rickrack Insertion Hem Tutorial

170318_bestWhen you’re looking for a sweet springtime embellishment, you can never go wrong with rickrack. On the darling bishop dress shown here, designer Cindy Hayes used rickrack on the smocked neckline as well as in a unique bridging on the skirt hem. It’s such an impressive, yet easy design element.

Follow the tutorial from our May/June 2010 issue of Sew Beautiful to learn how to create Cindy’s rickrack insertion hem — it can easily be applied to any skirt pattern of your choosing.

NOTE: Be sure to cut your dress front and back 2″ shorter than you want the finished dress to be if you plan to add rickrack insertion at the hem.

1. Mark a line 1/2″ from bottom raw edge of skirt and stitch tips of rickrack to line on right side of fabric (fig. 1).


2. Press hem 1/4″ twice and flip rickrack down. Blind stitch hem along fold edge (fig. 2).


3. Cut a strip of fabric along crosswise grain the width of your finished skirt (plus 1″) by 8″ long. Mark a line 1/2″ from one long edge and stitch remaining tips of rickrack to this line with right side of band to right side of dress (fig. 3).


4. Press fabric down away from rickrack. Press remaining raw edge of band under 1/2″. Fold band right sides together and stitch a seam on each end even with finished back edges of skirt placket. Trim seam and turn band right side out (fig. 4).


5. Match top edges enclosing tips of rickrack and glue baste or pin to secure. Press band. Top stitch or hand blind stitch fold edge of band to finish hem (fig. 5).


6. Finished right side view of rickrack bridging (fig. 6).


Click here for a printer-friendly PDF of this hem tutorial!

Check out the May/June 2010 issue of Sew Beautiful for more about Cindy’s rickrack bishop dress. In the magazine, you’ll find instructions for the looped rickrack embellishment shown around the smocked neckline, as well as ideas for creating a cute coordinating jacket.

Happy Sewing!


2 thoughts on “Rickrack Insertion Hem Tutorial

  1. Joan Dreyer

    Very completed and easy to follow tutorial. I love to create garments that look beautiful inside and outside. The finished seam is so important to a finely detailed creation.
    I’ve wanted to use this technique, one that my grandmother used in a favorite dress that she made for me. How I miss her, she was a wonderful teacher who gave me a love of sewing and fine work when I was young. She passed when I was only 8, and she had already taught me so much in 3 years.

  2. Susan

    I’m definitely looking forward to trying this!! Thanks for sharing! I tried to click on the smockedtees website but I’m getting a ‘not found’ message. Just wanted to bring to your attention!


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