How to Make Bubble Fabric Trim
I found a vintage jacket at the thrift shop recently with this great trim, and decided that I wanted to figure out how to duplicate it. The trim itself was made by hand, and each "bubble" was filled with a little ball of cotton. Rolling all of these little balls of cotton, as well as the yards of hand-stitching, made my head hurt, so I figured out an easier way.
You'll need a stiff fabric, such as a dupione, a duchess satin, or a taffeta for this work. The stiffer fabrics give a better result. Also, you'll need a number of 10mm round beads to fill the "bubbles"-plastic is best because they weigh less than glass, and are also less expensive.
|Know that when planning for this trim, you lose 50% of the length of the fabric, so cut double the length you need. You lose 25% of the width, so add extra for the width too.|