Rickrack (sometimes spelled ricrac) is a "flat narrow braid woven in zigzag [2] form, used as a trimming for clothing or curtains."[3] Before the prevalence of sewing machines and overlockers, rickrack was used to provide a finished edge to fabric.[4] Made of cotton or polyester, rickrack is stitched or glued to the edges of an item. Its zigzag configuration repeats every third of an inch (about one centimeter) and is sold in multiple colors and textures. Rickrack's popularity peaked in the 1970s and is associated with the Little House on the Prairie. Several designs of formal and up-market girls' dresses with it on as a decoration became popular in the 1950s and 1960s.


  1. http://www.lovetosew.com/apronsphotopage2.htm
  2. "Reba Ric Rac Sequin Braid Trim 3/4"X9' - OfficeSupply.com".
  3. Pickett, Joseph P.; et al., eds. (2000). "rickrack". The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (Fourth ed.). Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company. ISBN 0-395-82517-2. Retrieved 2008-09-10.
  4. Linda Lee (2000). Sewing Edges and Corners: Decorative Techniques for Your Home and Wardrobe. Taunton. p. 121. ISBN 978-1-56158-418-5.
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