Scrapbook How-To: Create a Gathered Fabric Border

Increase the texture factor of your layout by adding a feminine gathered trim. For a fabulous way to draw attention to your photos, you can create this border using a variety of fabric – from cotton to burlap. The ruching effect is great for replicating a grassy lawn, ocean waves, or a textured garden path. Stacy Cohen used a green fabric to tie in with the grass in her photos.

How Does Your Garden Grow? by Stacy Cohen from 101+ Creative Ways to Use Your Scrapbook Supplies

How Does Your Garden Grow? by Stacy Cohen from 101+ Creative Ways to Use Your Scrapbook Supplies


Create the look:

Step 1: Start with a 12"-24" fabric strip. Fold fabric strip in half lengthwise. Sew length of strop about 1/4" from the edge.

Step 1: Start with a 12″-24″ fabric strip. Fold fabric strip in half lengthwise. Sew length of strip about 1/4″ from the edge.

Step 2: Flatten tube, centering stitching on back side. Handstitch along center, leaving loose thread on one end.

Step 2: Flatten tube, centering stitching on back side. Hand-stitch along center, leaving loose thread on one end.

Step 3: Pull thread so fabric gathers into even pleats, then knot loose end.

Step 3: Pull thread so fabric gathers into even pleats, then knot loose end.

Hint: For a finished look, fold the ends under about 1/3″ from the edge and secure in place with a few stitches or strong fabric adhesive.

 

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5 Responses to Scrapbook How-To: Create a Gathered Fabric Border

  1. LCJinRoslynPA says:

    Love the scallop border at the bottom of that LO, too!

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  3. Deanne J says:

    So stylish. I can see calicoes to add a homemade feel or even a piece of my daughters prom gown we shortened added to the layout. Thanks for the ideas.

  4. Fred Paccana says:

    That’s really cool and simple, thanks for showing me.

  5. It’s cool how the ribbon in the picture looks like grass! What a nice accent! Thanks!

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