This was my first finish of the year and it's a freebie available here (along with several other animal options). This twisted & pinned ribbon technique is one I've shown before, but it's been a while. Very similar to the folded & pinned technique I showed yesterday, this is one of my favorite ways to trim a flat finish. It's quick and easy and there are lots of color options. This 1/4" ribbon comes in regular, picot (with the little loops), and sheer and it's very inexpensive. I think most of the rolls I have were $0.50!
Just anchor the ribbon with a pin, twist it until you have the look you want, and pin. Here's another one:
These little stitching mermaids are from a Sue Hillis booklet called Autumn Stitches. I always keep my eyes open for unusual trim to add to my finishing stash, and when I saw this trim it reminded me of ocean waves.
I have a lot of buttons in my finishing stash, and since I rarely sew them on, I have one of these:
This is a great little tool called a shank remover. The blades are slightly curved so they will lie flush against the back of the button and cut off the shank cleanly. This is one of those tools that you may not need often, but when you need one, you need one!
Today I'll be working on a template tutorial that I hope to have posted tomorrow.