How to Create 3d-Bubble Trim
This technique for making delightful bubble trim is from “Bubble-licious Trim” by Kenneth D. King, Threads #173.
I found a vintage jacket at the thrift shop recently with a wonderful trim that made me think of champagne bubbles. The trim was a fabric strip that was formed into three-dimensional “bubbles.” As I usually do when I encounter a fascinating vintage treatment, I bought the garment to figure out how the trim was made.
The jacket trim was obviously sewn by hand, and I found that each bubble was filled with a little ball of cotton. The idea of rolling numerous little balls of cotton, in addition to the yards of hand stitching necessary, made my head hurt, so I came up with an easier way to create this lovely embellishment.
Make this trim in any width or length you wish; cluster the bubbles densely together, or space them farther apart. The final look is up to you. It makes a lovely trim for a variety of garments, such as the vintage-style roll collar on the tunic shown on the facing page, or for home décor.