How to dye and crinkle seam binding

Some of the techniques I use when crafting have been around for a long time.

Often I just assume everyone else knows how to do it too, so it’s not until someone actually emails me and asks how I did it, that I think about sharing a particular technique.


How to dye and crinkle seam binding ribbon - Shabby Art Boutique


So… today I’m going to show you the two different ways I dye and crinkle seam binding ribbon.

To give cream ribbon a vintage look I like to dye it using either tea, coffee or Parisienne Essence. Which one you use comes down to personal preference.


I usually dye my seam bindings in approximately 1.5 – 2 metre lengths.

Method #1

For this method I start by scrunching up the ribbon and tying it in a ball with a rubber band or a mini hair tie.

Next, pop it in a small bowl of dye… for this one I used 1 teaspoon of instant coffee dissolved in about 1/2 cup boiling water.

Leave it there for about 10 minutes or until you achieve a colour you are satisfied with. This step is a variable, depending on what you are using to dye with and how diluted it is etc.

Lift it out and leave in to dry overnight.

For this method you will achieve a mottled dark edge result, which is obvious in the image below.

When it is dry, release the rubber band and you’ll have a crinkled ribbon.

Method #2

Place loose ribbon into dye and leave to soak until desired colour is achieved.

Remove loose ribbon from dye solution and squeeze out excess liquid.

Scrunch ribbon up into a ball, as in the previous method and tie with a rubber band.

Leave overnight to dry.

No matter whether you use method 1 or 2, when you remove the rubber band and loosen the ribbon, the crinkled result will be the same.


Crinkled seam binding without dyeing

If you’d like to crinkle coloured seam binding ribbon without dyeing, simply moisten ribbon with water and then scrunch in a ball and secure with a rubber band.


You may also like my post on using coffee dye for a vintage look.

Shabby Art Boutique - using coffee dye to get the vintage look


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  1. I have 2 shoe boxes full of seam binding so guess I’ll try this
    I also like it just wrinkled up

  2. Jann Olson says:

    I’ll have to try your method for a change. I dunk mine in a tea solutions and then crinkle it into a ball. I place it on a cookie sheet and bake it at 200degrees until dry. About 15 min. Fun to learn new techniques!

  3. Thanks for showing your methods on crinkled seam binding.

  4. It is easy to forget that there are always new crafters or folk trying new crafts so thank you for sharing your methods.
    Toni xx

  5. I was wondering what sort of seam binding I should use. Love the tutorial, and can’t wait to try it.

  6. How do you now use the seam binding?

  7. Ann (Los Angeles) says:

    o.k., I definitely like the look of the crinkled seam binding. But can you tell me a few of the uses for it? Thanks

  8. JaneEllen says:

    Haven’t ever been one to dye ribbon,,seam binding or crinkle material, think it’s about time huh? Is always good to learn and try new to me techniques. Won’t be lazy, will actually do this so maybe my delicious ornaments will be pretty like yours. thanks so much for giving us the graphics and how-to’s for successful creating. Hope you know what a dear person you are.
    Happy week

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