HomeAbout MeMy EtsyTutorialsContact Me

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

How I Crinkle My Seam Binding

Hello my dear friends,

I have had a few of you ask me how I crinkle my seam binding and there are many ways you can do it. I know I am not the first one to explain how it is done but I still I thought I would put this little mini how~to together to share with you. I have done this two ways so far and both give you great results, they just differ by one item really.

You will need the following:
~ Seam Binding
~ Scissors
~ Spray bottle with water
~ Elastic bands
~ Plastic bag
Both techniques start out the same way ...

Cut a length of seam binding ~ I like to use at least 5 yards at one time...

... and dampen lightly by spraying it with water (make sure it is not too wet)

Then gather/bunch the seam binding together all scrounged up and sort of messy into a ball.

Now you can continue either way ...

...using your elastic bands, wrap around the ball nice and tightly or ...

... using your plastic bag, stuff your seam binding ball into a corner of the bag and twist the bag tightly so the ball in stuck in the corner. Use a elastic band to secure the bag.

Now let it dry over night and the morning take the elastic bands off or take the seam binding out of the bag, fluff it up a little and let it completely dry now.

Now you can use your crinkled seam binding to embellish all sorts of beautiful things!

And last but not least ...
... my dear friend Dawn from The Feathered Nest has made a little how~to video on how to make her lovely little bows from seam binding. Here is the link to her tutorial ~ but I must warn you ... once you make one you won't want to stop!
Seam binding often gives a creation the final touch it needs and that little bit of extra beauty. I hope you will find my mini tutorial useful.

I hope you are well and life is treating you kindly dear friends,

Have a peaceful and creative day,

Karen B.


  1. I always wondered how this was done. I tried smooshing (is that a word) it up in my hand, but it would never hold its shape. Thanks for the great tutorial:-)

  2. WONDERFUL tutorial Karen!!! And sometimes, when I'm in a hurry to use it...I will dampen, scrunch really hard and place the wad of seam binding (unbound) under a warm lamp...it's ready to use in about fifteen minutes! Thank you so very much for including my little bow tutorial, and no matter what you say, good grief I sound like a hick!!! Thank you dear friend ~ hugs and love, Dawn

  3. Thanks! I will surely try it.


  4. THANK YOU!!! thank you so much for doing this. your tutorial was better, i think, than the one i read the other day on how to do this. the little crinkles will stay crinked your way.....thanks again.

  5. I also use the squish and rubber band method...and always have good stay in crinkles.
    I wet my seam binding thoroughly, don't know if that makes a difference. The last time I used a lingerie bag with the ball of seam binding in a corner so it would dry easier. It's a good method all the way round.

  6. Thank you for sharing your technique. I love this brand of seam binding and it crinkles wonderfully...with water. Creative Bliss...

  7. Thanks for sharing this. I think I'm going to buy some of this wonderful seam binding.

    Thanks for the link also to Dawn's blog. Between the two of you I am inspired.

    Have a lovely week ~ FlowerLady

  8. Cool! I always wondered how to do this. Thanks for the turorial.

  9. Cool! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Wonderful, thank you!! Did you ever offer a lesson on how you use your dyes?? And what is the "drop cloth" that you use? I'm not sure I could come up with anything like your pincushions, but would really like to try, and, I'm sure, at least thoroughly enjoy the trying!

    1. No, I haven't made a tutorial on how to use the dye I use yet, maybe something to do in the future. The drop cloth I use is normal painters drop cloth which can be bought at Home Depot or Lowes. You should try to make something. You will never know what you are capable of until you try.
      Have a lovely day.
      Karen B.

  11. So nice and easy! Does it make a difference what type of seam binding is used?

    1. Hi there, to tell you the truth, I honestly don't know.
      I don't think it would possibly. Hope this helps.
      Have a nice day!