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.
Create the look:
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. Hand-stitch along center, leaving loose thread on one 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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