Meet Ricky and Racky

Posted by jackiewhite on Monday, May 14th, 2012

Hello!  It is Jackie from Jackie's Art Quilts.  I am going to show you one of the most versatile embellishments on the market today.   Yet crazy as it may be, many people don't know all the wonderful ways you can use ric rac.  I hope to showcase some of the methods you can use to  create beauty with ric rac.  To top off this post, I will teach you how to make Ricky and Racky.     These adorable little creatures can hold your child's first tooth, keep a small treasure, or simply be a little buddy.


I put one of these creatures on my backpack or bag when I travel and I always know which one is mine.   As well, if your child is getting bored, hand him Ricky or Racky.   You can attach a pocket in the back and then they can use it is a little tote when they go shopping.  The possibilities are endless as to what you can use them for.

 There are now several different widths on the market today that serve all the different purposes you can think of.     From as small as 1/2" to as wide as 1 1/2" wide.   Riley Blake even has velvet covered ric rac.

Take a look at this art quilt below.


A few of the stems are made from ric rac, and the edge is bound in a beautiful jumbo ric rac.  



It adds character to the quilt, being able to step outside of the traditional binding to finish a quilt.


You can also make a ric rac flower by taking a piece of felt the size you want your flower to be.  Starting in the centre of the felt, stitch down the ric rac by grabbing the little bumps on one side and attaching to felt and working around and around till you get to the outside of the felt.



Another fantastic way to give a quilt a touch of flare, is to sew the ric rac right into the blocks.   This example uses a simple 4 patch block and the ric rac is sandwiched between the 2 blocks when they are right sides together just before stitching.



Creating Ricky and Racky

 These creatures are perfect for play or put a pocket on the back and a cute little tote for your child.

 **if making these for young children, substitute the buttons with fused fabric to prevent choking.



scraps of fabric

18" of jumbo ric rac

10" 1/2" ric rac for smile

buttons for eyes and nose

velcro for pocket closure (optional)



Instructions to make one:

Draw a shape (pretty similar to a blob) approximately 4" wide and 6" tall on a piece of paper.   Cut out template.   Trace onto one piece of fabric.  Lay another piece right sides together and cut out 2 shapes from the fabric.   


Whichever side is going to be the front, embellish with buttons for eyes and nose and use 1/2" ricrac for mouth.   If wanting a pocket, cut a piece of fabric, double the size you want the pocket to be.  Fold in half, right sides out, press edges under and place on back and stitch down.  Use a small piece of velcro for closure.  


 Lay front fabric down on top of back fabric, right sides together.   

 Cut 9" piece of jumbo ric rac and tuck into top of fabric with raw edges of ric rac meeting raw edges of fabric.   (Ricrac is hidden between the 2 layers of fabric right sides together).  Pin and sew on the line.   Leave opening at bottom of shape and stitch over ricrac seam a few times to make it good and sturdy.   

Turn right side out and stuff.  Slip stitch opening and you are done.   Take Ricky and Racky on your travels, or have your child put their first tooth in it  for the tooth fairy.  

Category: Accessories


  1. I love your idea of putting them on your suitcase to identify your bag. Much cuter than a piece of ribbon!
    by Nancy
    May 21st, 2012 at 6:29 p.m.
  2. I have tons of ric rac hanging around from my sewing for my one and only granddaughter (who is now 20 and ric rac is a no-no)and never thought to use it in my quilts. I shall do so now.
    by Violet
    May 31st, 2012 at 5:08 p.m.
  3. So cute! I have some ric rac that I haven't used yet. Thanks for the great ideas!
    by Becky R
    November 19th, 2013 at 6:38 a.m.

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