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.
We will draft and make a pounce pattern to mark the wrong side of the fabric. On a sheet of stiff paper, draw a line down the center. Use a quarter (you know, money) draft circles along the line. The spacing between the circles is one quarter’s diameter.
Mark midpoints along the line between the circles, and draft perpendicular lines.
After this, draft circles centered on these perpendicular lines, one row of circles on either side of the first row of circles, as shown.
Draft the outside edge lines, 1-inch away from the circles. These are the finished edges of the trim.