Ribbon Hem

This technique produces a lovely hem – fully finished, and with a decorative ribbon right at the edge.  

Sample:

A Ribbon Hem, front side, worked with 1/8" wide gold grosgrain.

A Ribbon Hem, front side, worked with 1/8" wide gold grosgrain.

Critical Stats:

Width: Determined by size of ribbon.
Seam Allowance Required: 1/4″-1/2″
Additional Supplies Needed: Ribbon.
Good to Know: The thinner the ribbon, the trickier this will be. But it will look amazing!

Process:

Select your ribbon...

Select your ribbon. I'm using 1/8" wide gold metallic grosgrain, which is pretty much the worst choice ever. You must suffer to make beauty, darlings....

Sew the ribbon to the wrong side of the fabric, on the seam allowance line.

Working from the wrong side of the fabric, sew the ribbon down on the seam allowance line. The main of the ribbon should sit on the seam allowance. Sew as close to the edge of the ribbon as you can.

First line of stitch done.

It should look like this. The red stitches are right on the seam allowance line.

The right side of the hem so far.

On the right side of the fabric. you have a single line of stitching.

Trim the seam allowance and press the ribbon to the front side of the hem.

If your ribbon is narrower than your seam allowance, as mine is, you'll want to trim your seam allowance to be just a hair narrower than your ribbon. Important: don't cut all the way to the stitches. You have to leave some fabric, or the hem will fall right out.Press the ribbon to the front side of the hem. (Technically, I did less of a press than a vigorous squishing. It is easier if you actually press it.)

Sew the other side of the ribbon down.

Sew the other side of the ribbon down.

Finished Hem.

The finished hem, seen from the front and the back.

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