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Years and years of collecting trim—I need a project!!  Any ideas?

Oriental braid


Flower trim 

Stacked trim 2 

Blue white 

Red gold


  • T
    March 28, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    ^I think that is very rude of you Gaga.
    The trim looks lovely! Perhaps incorporate it into some vintage clothing or jewelry? I’m sure that whatever you decide to do will turn out amazing (:

  • Melissa Rakowski
    March 28, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    How about pillows with geometrical designs on the front made from the trim?

  • Kristen
    March 28, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    All that I can think about when I see trim is those 90s jeans my mom used to put trim on when I was a kid πŸ˜› Don’t do that with them, haha!

  • Kym
    March 28, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Because I’ve seen some of your other projects, I know you’re pretty good and very patient. So…perhaps cut out a pattern for a jacket, sew the trim together to form solid panels and then sew the different panels together? Maybe even quilt the fabric where the seams meet on each row? Whatever comes of it would sure be interesting at the very least!

  • Persephone
    March 28, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    I’m a trim hoarder as well…I think using the trim as the central textile in a garment could be nice. What I’ve been intending mine for is some really unique undergarments…you could make some pretty incredible show-piece undergarments with the trims in these pictures.

  • Kym
    March 28, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    Just had another idea…you’ve said you’re redoing you home. Take a small parsons table (or two) and completely cover with the trim! You could put a piece of glass on top to catch dust and make it a table you can actually set something on! Maybe do the same with a couple of lampshades…

  • the dandy project
    March 28, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    Trim a pair of Prada sandals, that would be bold.

  • The Photodiarist
    March 28, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    Wow . . . how about decorating a jacket or a pair of old denim jeans with it?

  • jocelyne
    March 28, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    I would sew them together and make a lovely quilt, or pillows as previously mentioned. You have a great collection there.

  • Luxe
    March 28, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    You could try something like this:
    Maybe as a wall hanging, or as previously mentioned cushions or a blanket?

  • Chesh
    March 28, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Forget housewear – I see several vertical stripes of trim sewn onto a skirt that hang just a bit below the skirt and swing like flapper style fring – Bohemian, or create preppy belts with fat trim and a few “D” rings.

  • Nancy (nanflan)
    March 28, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    You could send the black and blue Asian ribbon my way…it’s lovely!
    Seriously though, they’d be great on pillows or as accents on clothes. I’m sure you’ll come up with something great–you always do!

  • Alina
    March 28, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    How beautiful! A lot of the trim looks ethnic – I’m not exactly sure what you could do with it though. Pillows??

  • cara
    March 28, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    make a jacket just out of trim. Different strips of different trims, it would be amazing sort of like MMM’s vintage belt jacket.

  • Classic Copenhagen
    March 28, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    I say bracelets. Some nice cuffs, even with more ribbons combined in one. That way you can also make a lot of people happy. πŸ™‚ Sandra

  • ggshoe
    March 28, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Endless possibilities! gorgeous trims!! trim a jacket, jewelry, the neck of a vintage piece or make a detachable neck/necklace. Or go very Koos Van Den Akker and create a dramatic one of a kind garment.

  • Suzanne
    March 28, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Wind them into balls and put them in a large antique bowl or giant glass pot as a center piece. : )

  • (always)alanna
    March 28, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    one wicked amazing patched tribal poncho. it would probably be the greatest thing ever made.
    come onnn judy!

  • PrΓͺt Γ  Porter P
    March 28, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    I really like the first trim. I wish I had advice but I am probably the least crafty person out there. I really find Kym’s idea fascinating about the table.

  • Ivy Lane
    March 28, 2010 at 6:57 pm

    You know what to do!

  • Ali
    March 28, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    I think what would look amazing is to make a pencil skirt or one that has volume and flares out and and stitch all kinds of different trims around it…or stitch them in different directions…as long as they completely cover the whole skirt. That would look very interesting and colorful πŸ™‚

  • tuff
    March 28, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    spend just as many years making a handsewn all-trim collection of clothing

  • Jules
    March 28, 2010 at 7:47 pm

    A pouch?! Just a suggestion. =D
    The Brown Mestizo

  • Viv
    March 28, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    How about a multi-tiered bohemian skirt?
    I love the collection. I also use them with brown paper for gift wrapping. Where did you find those?

  • Style Artisan
    March 28, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    So glad I’m not the only one who does this. I have stacks of vintage textiles that I have collected over the past twenty years so that I can make pillows.
    There is one minor complication though. I don’t know how to sew….

  • alex
    March 28, 2010 at 9:30 pm

    Stitch it all together @ random to make a jacket/vest etc…

  • susan
    March 28, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    i would experiment with weaving it together and then covering a vintage ottoman or chair for a bohemian gypsy statement piece. your house is lovely in the neutral rooms, but it could sit at your desk or in an unexpected place for splash of color. even weaving it over a thick canvas for a bulletin board could be cool- i did that for an anthro store that i was display manager at, with just grogain ribbon and it looked awesome!

  • alexia
    March 29, 2010 at 1:42 am

    no idea at all, but i would be happy just to own those, just to watch them sometimes!

  • N
    March 29, 2010 at 2:00 am

    That is an amazing collection! I wish i had these! i see some mongolian tibetan and native american patterns… πŸ™‚
    Already looking forward to your project

  • Kimberley
    March 29, 2010 at 2:26 am

    Gorgeous, I collect fabrics/samples and cannot bare to throw them away or cut them up!!! I would make a lovely woven wall hanging or make a feature of them on coils that way you don’t have to cut them up and they’re always there when you you find the perfect piece for each:)

  • Eline
    March 29, 2010 at 3:20 am

    Maybe yu could make a stunning winter coat that is ONLY made of these fabulous trims. The clashing prints would be thrilling!

  • lisa from london
    March 29, 2010 at 4:28 am

    what about a bandage dress made up of all the beautiful different colours and patterns you have here. i think it could be stunning.

  • Copious Couture
    March 29, 2010 at 7:07 am

    I started making heading bands with them, and I even added beads to them!

  • Tess
    March 29, 2010 at 7:26 am

    A bulls eye pillow with all of the trims would be very cool. It would be so mismatched it would work.

  • Brigadeiro
    March 29, 2010 at 7:27 am

    Am looking forward to see what other suggestions come up & what you end up doing with the trimmings, as I ‘inherited’ a big collection from my mother-in-law some time ago, and have been trying to figure out what to do with them πŸ™‚

  • joelle van dyne
    March 29, 2010 at 8:49 am

    i have this problem about trim as well! one idea i have is to tie big mess bows out of all the different trim, and then sew them together into either a jacket, or if there’s not enough, a big scarf/wrap sort of thing. i like the way the trim looks when it’s all tangled together in a big mess, and it’s the only way i can think to retain that look. ~joelle

  • Tatiana
    March 29, 2010 at 9:03 am

    this summer my mom and i decided we would finally use all of our trim so we chose to make aprons and oven mitts. We got all of our christmas presents done for all of our family members and they stuff looked so cute, and it’s super easy to make! Good Luck!

  • Lindsey Rogers
    March 29, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Making headbands out of them would be nice. Something along the lines of ( http://www.littledoeislove.com/ ) but with an Atlantis Home spin. Use the fringe on one headpiece as pseudo-bangs, or pin some vintage broaches on a particularly thick piece of trim.
    Mix and match some trims together, sew into a rectangular panel, and create an obi-belt. I think that’d look great with some of the tops you own. Maybe even a white collared shirt, wrapped and obi-d, vintage levi’s, crazy pradas, and a chunky necklace.
    Alright now my brain is just going crazy with ideas. I hope you like what I came up with!
    Good Luck!
    -Lindsey R.

  • Rim
    March 29, 2010 at 10:10 am

    I have got a kind of diary where I glue, write, draw… There is like a blog, but I think that is better because I can work many materials ^^
    (sorry if you see mistakes, I’m french!)

  • SJC/Sie (No Stranger to Different)
    March 29, 2010 at 10:36 am

    I immediately thought of belts. I think they’d make pretty rad ones. Otherwise, you could make some great pouches or bags (weaving some of the fabric with different patterns, could be cool). I mean, it also depends on how thick the textiles are. If they’re lenient enough then yeah I’d say try for a skirt. But I bet whatever you do will turn out great, keep us posted!

  • C.
    March 29, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    How about a Chanel type of woven jacket? it’ll be pretty cool with all the different colours and textures. Also because your previous jackets always rocked!

  • erin
    March 29, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    I think you should weave it all up into some kind of ridiculously patterned bag or maybe just some of it and make a clutch, you know like the criss cross type weave. It would be pretty busy, in an epic way….

  • Kayla
    March 29, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    I don’t have ideas but I will say they’re gorgeous. I love the bright colors.

  • Amanda Grisham
    March 29, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    I would go with a contrasting skit by stitching them horizontally until you’ve got enough length they gather the top, add a waistband and throw a hot exposed zipper in the back.
    It would be killer with a silk tank and blazer. πŸ™‚

  • Cristina
    March 29, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    I’ve made a dress out of all my trimmings and I just make a simple base dress out of muslin or a simple thin cotton of some sort and you then you sewing on all the trimmings in straight lines to create almost a ribbon dress. The more varied the trimmings the better it looks. Good luck with whatever you choose!

  • Elizabeth East
    March 29, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    I say add as trim to vintage jackets just like in the 80’s, We always wore yours, remember??? And still love them. That may mean a lot of Good Will shopping, LOL. On second thought, your pics look like you NEVER stopped hoarding it from the 80’s. ..maybe you could do ALL the suggestions above.

  • Thea Beasley
    March 29, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    Darling Judy,
    I am just the same! Have boxes and boxes of beauties with which I know not what to do.
    Cannot part with any. And difficult to commit any to an actual project, so they hibernate endlessly between my casueal “looky-loos” of admiration.
    Still, would love to find a use., one with which I could get onboard…….
    Perhpas you have advice!

  • patty
    March 29, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    What about some cute wool felt with trim dog coats? Or even collars and leashes if you stitched it to something sturdier like the flat nylon strap stuff you can get at sports or hardware stores.

  • Deb
    March 29, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Mix them with ruched fabrics in between layers of trim to make an ethnic-y skirt. I would get too conservative and try to start matching the trims and fabrics. But that would kill the potential!

  • Bonnie
    March 29, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Use bits and pieces of it mixed with 3d stuff like keys and scraps of metals and coins to spell out words to frame in a box frame. Or the trim can be the straight letters like “i” or “k”. That would take take care of a whole 8th of a yard! I like to make plain cardstock tags in white or manilla and use the huge bright ribbon or trim to tie it on. Wrap a plastic headband. Replace tennis shoe laces. Wrap a wooden frame. Maybe there would be a way to incorporate some of it in the stitched bcutouts in a Natalie Chanin type piece. . .

  • Watson
    March 29, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    If it were me I’d use the wider trim as fabric and make some purses.
    But I gotta know where’d you get all this? I’d love to get the backstory on some of these, they’re all so beautiful. The blue and black oriental trim in particular is so amazing!

  • Corin
    March 30, 2010 at 12:13 am

    I like the idea of a galaxy dress. An understated design, but a loud print. Maybe sleeveless.

  • iamronel
    March 30, 2010 at 6:19 am

    what a wonderful and colorful photos..really awesome thanks for sharing..nice blog btw πŸ™‚

  • Farah
    March 30, 2010 at 7:36 am

    lining things…line pillows..shirts…table clothes….
    D e g a i n e

  • annika
    March 30, 2010 at 7:47 am

    maybe something like this?

  • Lauren Ackerman
    March 30, 2010 at 7:52 am

    I do needlepoint, so I immediately saw a custom painted geometric design lifted from any of the trim patterns, ultimately finished as a pillow using the actual trim to enhance the design. A whole lot of similarly designed needlepoint pillows piled up around the house. But then, you may just be doubling up the labor quotient to do the needlework. For me, that would be a labor of love…Enjoy whatever you do!

  • Sdo
    March 30, 2010 at 9:34 am

    it would be great on pillows

  • willa
    March 30, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Sew them all together in strips to create a piece of fabric that you could then make a little bolero-ish jacket or pencil skirt from. If you don’t have quite enough you could always intersperse strips of grosgrain in between. Wish I had the patience to try it myself!
    you are so clever–can’t wait to see what you come up with.

  • Natalie
    March 30, 2010 at 10:59 am

    My favorite Lanvin pencil skirt is made from layers of grosgrain ribbon stitched onto a silk chiffon backing. You could do something absolutely amazing by using the same concept but clashing these patterns. I don’t think I have posted the skirt yet so I can’t show you exactly what I mean but I am about to do a post with another Lanvin skirt that is similar if you want to get the idea…

  • deb
    March 30, 2010 at 11:08 am

    I vote for donating. Not to be insenstive but I think, from what i’ve seen of your blog, that you are evolving. You’ve moved away from decorative trims and someone else may benefit. I speak from experience. I had a yarn hoarding problem until a few months ago. Good luck whatever you choose.

  • Vanda Santos
    March 30, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    My mother uses trim in order to decorate Bathroom towels…It looks lovely!

  • Kym
    March 30, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Another idea – why not weave an area rug (or five – you seem to have a lot to work with) πŸ™‚

  • Marina
    March 30, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    Russian designer Daria Razumuhina create almost all her collections using trims. You can do it by yourself!

  • omozele
    March 30, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Tideous work but I am thinking pillows like for your couch πŸ™‚ trims of different colors would be pleasure to the eyes – Good luck with your projects

  • Margarita
    March 30, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Mmm, that’s so beautiful! I’m sure you’ll think of something amazing to do with it πŸ™‚

  • Solo
    March 30, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    You can make a throw pillow on this. ;D
    Travel and Living
    Job Hunter

  • Kimberley
    March 30, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    Just had another brainwave!… you could jazz up a basic piece of clothing such a a colourful cropped zipped hoodie/sweatshirt as I think Americans call it!!! Or just something that really shows the contrast of the textile or treats it in the same design approach- trims are woven/embroidered so a piece that enhances/embraces this- love the idea of the Lanvin-style woven silk skirt. Can’t wait to see, have fun Judy!!!

  • Caddy
    March 31, 2010 at 3:32 am

    You could make belts or headbands, I have this gorgeous two sided headband that is made from two different patterns of trim like fabric so I can flip it over depending on what I’m in the mood for.
    You could do a bag too. πŸ™‚

  • Esther Chung
    March 31, 2010 at 7:14 am

    If I had that collection I would make huge clusters of different sized ribbon flowers with long tails so I could wrap them and tie them around arm sleeves or as belts or headbands.

  • amanda
    March 31, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    you should make a purse! whip out the sewing machine and sew the trim together : )

  • kate
    March 31, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    Dog Collars. Greyhound rescue people go mad for elegant martingale collars made from fancy trims. Find someone who makes them with a tie to a rescue and I agree – donate. They’ll decorate many graceful and needy necks that way.

  • Jaana Salo
    March 31, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    You could sew the ribbons neatly in rows of vertical/diagonal bands into a backing fabric and use it as a wall hanging. It could have quite an ethnic look, suiting both traditional and modern surroundings. Whenever you looked at the hanging, you could remember where you got the different ribbons from etc…
    Good luck, hope you find an ideal use for all the wonderful ribbon.
    Cheers, Jxxnx

  • ann
    March 31, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    i saw this on another blog…remodelista. it is a very cool idea, but you would need lot ‘n’ lots ‘n’ lots of trimmings.

  • willa
    March 31, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    I thought I had posted this but don’t see it among the comments. I must have blown it.
    –stitch them all together to make a single piece of fabric to make a little jacket out of. or, I just found this!:

  • Lily
    March 31, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    Make a ribbon dress like this girl did:

  • Bluewasabi
    March 31, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    caged vest?
    caged long sleve cropped jacket?
    i think you get my drift πŸ™‚

  • jane baraz
    March 31, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    quilted trim anorak!

  • Jinah
    March 31, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    Two of my girlfriends recently used similar trim that was elastic to make boot adornments. They look very cute on solid brown and black riding boots–a simple cuff at the top with a dangly feather or beads is really cute and simple to make.

  • Aton
    April 1, 2010 at 2:29 am

    I just had to write you here, about the photo Jane put in her blog of you in your 20. You were very preety back then, and – You look better now!!! Amazing!

  • Erin
    April 1, 2010 at 10:48 am

    I just happened upon your blog and I love it…have been reading through all your posts and I think they are truly gorgeous…will be back!
    Love love love,

  • Stacey Kelly
    April 2, 2010 at 12:41 am

    these look lovely, what a neat thing to collect over the years πŸ™‚
    fall in love with a shooting star…

  • sofiasophie
    April 2, 2010 at 2:50 am

    how about customize denims, bags, a jacket o trying to use it for jewellery (with mettalic pearls can be terrific!).

  • HilaryInspired
    April 2, 2010 at 7:23 am

    Because of the tedious labor involved in create a large garment piece, how about a bib necklace like many of those seen during the past few runway seasons. Hand crafted jewelry is so much fun to make and wear! I could see some sweet pleated ribbon as the backdrop for other sparkly embellishments. Think about it…

  • Posey
    April 2, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    I would suggest sewing them lengthwise together, and making a wide sash belt that you can wrap around your waist. The unexpected juxtapoition of patterms making one bold piece will be dreamy!

  • vhya
    April 3, 2010 at 6:13 am

    A SKIRT!!! cut it into certain length and sew those colorful trims together..at patterns u like, could be vertically, or diagonally. Could be one of a kind psychedelic skirt.
    Or…make a CAGE SKIRT! that would be cute too… πŸ˜€

  • Style-wonderland
    April 3, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    I love the Trim photos, beautiful!
    You could use them to add an edge to your existing wardrobe. Maybe for a pair of trousers you could stitch them on the side….
    Just use your creativity and i’m sure the results will be great!

  • yau
    April 3, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    this might take a long time but maybe you can try sewing all the trims together so it forms a larger piece of fabric, the you can decide what to do with it. say sew it on to your shoulder pads and let it drape off your shoulders etc.
    just a thought…

  • Krat
    April 3, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Alanna – I’m with you – Amazing patched tribal poncho! Right on!

  • twitter.com/TheTracyShow
    April 3, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    Weave them!

  • Suzy
    April 4, 2010 at 7:29 am

    oooh, i love all this trim!
    (i came over from your lovely daughters blog!:)

  • Davina
    April 5, 2010 at 11:02 am

    I have been collecting ribbons for making ribbon necklaces! I was inspired by a chain link necklace I saw at Anthropologie, and decided to make my own as Christmas gifts.
    Scroll down to see the necklaces I made out of ribbon. You can use fabric glue or stitching to put them together, very simple!!

    April 6, 2010 at 6:44 am

    There’s a russian designer Daria Razumikhina who adores trim. On the whole her designs are dull, but some trim ideas are nice. skirts are her favourites, but the best I saw was a coat. Maybe it can be still found in her archives http://www.razumikhina.com/X_collections.html

  • Brad Whitehouse
    April 9, 2010 at 12:19 am

    I would love a belt made using some of red and blue that navajo-esque trim.

  • Stephanie
    April 11, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    I’d like to see you do something by just layering strips of the trim, one above the other. Cover a canvas that way and make a wall hanging, make some toss pillows covered completely in strips of the trim, or even make some coasters–how great would lines and lines of different trims look under glass? Whatever you do, make sure to do a follow-up post!

  • Jennifer
    April 18, 2010 at 2:15 am

    hello.This is form China.i gusee you can get ideas form China.you know Yunnan Province?search some pics,you will know what i am say.
    Jennifer Lee