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November 2012
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Decorating With Scraps

Trims by the yard and large-motif trims are great for use in making Christmas ornaments, greeting cards and gift items.

A burlap wall hanging or a greeting card made out of construction paper can have candles of woven-braid trim, each topped by a flickering flame (a single notch from gold rickrack makes a perfect flame).  Or a fireplace stocking can display felt animal decorations with face features and other portions formed by bits of trim.  Stuffed animals, aprons, tree skirts, center pieces, and home decor items offer backgrounds for the creative use of trims.

Ornaments in the shapes of stars, balls, bells (as shown above) and trees can be made from pieces of folded double-knit fabrics or felt.  Decorate them with beads, braid or rickrack and attach a hanger for putting them on the Christmas tree.

Spheres from ball fringe can become bunny tails, eyes or noses on faces, centers of flowers or entire flowers, spots on a giraffe, clappers on bells or the tassles on Santa hats.

Fringe in layers makes any character’s hair or fur.  In many tapered rows, fringe can become a tree; in a circle, a lion’s mane or a holiday wreath, and in a single row it can become a horse’s mane.

Rickrack is the frosting trim on a gingerbread man, a cat’s whiskers, any creature’s mouth or raised eyebrows, a flower’s edge or a petal’s edge.  When gathered in a circle, 8 notches become a violet while clusters of more notches become a marigold or rose.  One rickrack notch is a nose; two notches make a feline’s claws.

In addition, consider a very tiny folding screen trimmed with holiday motifs, or a small autograph book or small scrapbook decorated with holiday trims as gifts for someone.

During the Christmas Season, imagination and originality never had it so good.  And it seems that one trim leads to another.  Once you get started with the trims, ideas for additional uses just seem to pop out of nowhere!  Dig into your scraps and trims and get started early, so you’ll have time to get everything finished.

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