How to Make Rickrack Bias Straps


Cute and easy rickrack bias straps shown on Connie Palmer’s “Ella” pattern.

Spaghetti straps are a summer design staple, and this technique from Connie Palmer adds a fun twist to the ordinary bias strap. Rickrack bias straps, shown here on Connie Palmer’s “Ella” pattern, are created by sewing spaghetti bias to each side of a strip of rickrack. The result is a cute, easy and inexpensive trim. Follow Connie’s steps below from issue #149 of Sew Beautiful to recreate this technique on a project of your own:

What you’ll need for each strap:

  • Two strips of spaghetti bias cut to desired length
  • One strip of rickrack cut to desired length
  • Wash-away stabilizer


How to create:

1. Glue-baste spaghetti bias and rickrack to wash-away stabilizer (fig. 1).

2. Zigzag rickrack to bias, catching humps in stitching (fig. 2).

3. Rinse away stabilizer.

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Happy Sewing,