When shopping for ribbon, remember often one yard will cover trimming three doll dresses.
Velvet Ribbon comes in all sorts of widths.
- MJ Trim has the largest variety of widths and colors, but not the cheapest. You must buy a minimum of five yards.
- JKM Ribbon sells spools of ten yards of 3/8" and 5/8" the two best widths for doll clothes for roughly five dollars and has a sufficient selection.
- Create for Less has 1/2" width spools for $3.39, but a spool is only 3 yards.
- Farmhouse Fabrics has an amazing selection, but the ribbon starts at $145 a yard. If you are into quality classic sewing materials, you can lose yourself on this site.
Rick Rack, posted about this awhile back but here are the sources again.
Wright's Rick Rack (polyester) sold in the little cellophane cover packets is available many places online. It comes in over 20 colors. You can order Wright's here:
Cotton Rick Rack can be found at:
Rolls of Rick Rack (polyester)
Crochet edging, sometimes called Cluny
- Farmhouse Fabrics, wide range, quality and there more expensive, but sometimes sell bags of assorted edging cheaply in their barn closeouts.
- Debs Lace and Trims: Lots of crochet edging, very inexpensive. have a whole cluny section.
- Ebay: amazing selection and prices for white crochet trim, which is my favorite.
This is fairly easy to find, but what is hard to find is the narrower widths of doll clothing. You can play with scale, which can be cute, and use larger sizes. Here are a few places you can find some:
- Fabric.com has a few colors at about a little under a dollar a yard.
- Create for Less best source if you want a large supply of mini pom-poms. 36 yards for $18. Lots of colors. larger pompoms too.
- Etsy, lots of people sell them, often a few dollars for five yards.
I make my own. simple to do, and you will always have an endless variety and sizes. I'll post about this later.
I bought this particular one in bulk wholesale from Mokuba, Japanese trim dealer in NYC. I had to buy 30 yards, but I love it and use it all the time. If you ever find yourself in the garment district, stop in. You need a business card to get in, but they are not that fussy about what business. Lots of ruffled trims in lots of sizes and colors. Maybe it's a thing in Japan.
Farmhouse Fabrics has some, but they are not small.
I love the simplicity of grosgrain ribbon. It is easy to find.
- Create for Less has a huge selection, which includes stripes and other designs.
- Debs Lace and Trims: It's not a separate section, you have to look through other sorts of ribbons too.
- Fabric.com lots starting at about 20 cents a yard.
- Thread Art: About $2.00 for a 20 yard roll. You really can't do better than that. If you need 20 yards.
- Etsy, easy to get smaller quantities.
In the next few posts in this series, I'll show you how I sew trims on doll clothes.