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Serving Up Style


Today we are serving up a fun hemline project by Marie Zinno. Enjoy!

Designs suggested a hemline theme, which sounded like a fun project. My lifestyle is very casual; sewing, embroidering for my business, housework and driving my kids to after school functions. I generally do not dress up unless we have a special occasion. However, I’m lucky enough to play tennis 2-3 days a week, so I based my projects on a tennis theme. I embroidered two tennis skirts and a white long sleeve shirt with the Polka Dot RikRak designs from Zippy DesignZ. I focused on the shirt details (diagonal pockets) and coordinated the skirts to match with the shirt. The white shirt has only the multi colored polka dot designs; this is a great quick embroidery design that would work on many blanks.

The Polka Dot RikRak designs are a versatile collection to have in your library. They add a unique element to baby and home décor items. In fact, I am going to use them as trim on burp cloths and baby blankets.

Embroidery Products

Polka Dot RikRak #3 embroidery designs by Zippy DesignZ available at


  • Poly mesh cut-away stabilizer (white)
  • Polyester embroidery thread
  • Templates of design #3 (printed on tracing paper from embroidery editing software)
  • Target Stickers
  • Two purchased tennis skirts
  • One white purchased long sleeve shirt


Lime Green Tennis Skirt
Step 1.

Open the RikRak #3 design in embroidery software. Insert vellum paper into the printer and print two templates of the design.

Step 2. Embroider

Measure the skirt hemline and the exact length of RikRak #3; calculate how many repeats of the design are necessary to embroider the entire circumference of the skirt. Mark the center of each design with a target sticker. (Six repeats were required to stitch the entire circumference.)

Hoop two pieces of poly mesh cut-away stabilizer with the skirt fabric. If the skirt fabric is quite stretchy, do not pull the fabric. The hemline will have a warped look after the embroidery is complete. Two pieces of poly mesh work better than one heavier cut-away stabilizer in this application.

Embroider the skirt by stitching from one side seam to the other; carefully check all target sticker placements. Remove the extra stabilizer as neatly as possible from the wrong side of the skirt and trim all threads.


Blue Skirt
Step 1. Embroider

Use the same template from the lime green skirt and place it on a diagonal slant near the side seam. Repeat the placement for the opposite side mirror image. (Just flip the template over to get a mirror image of the design). Slide a target sticker under the template and align the crosshairs. Make sure the lower edge of the design is close to the bottom hem.

Place two pieces of poly mesh cut-away stabilizer in the 5″ x 7″ hoop, and embroider the design on each side section. Trim all threads and stabilizer from wrong side of skirt.


White Long Sleeve Shirt

I wanted to highlight the side pocket details of the shirt and coordinate it with the blue and lime green tennis skirts. However, I eliminated the actual RikRak portion of design #3 and embroidered just the polka dots.

Step 1. Embroider

Open Polka Dot RikRak #3 in editing software, delete color #1 and save the design as PolkaDots in the appropriate format.


Print two templates of the new design, PolkaDots. Use the templates to determine the exact placement of the design on the shirt detail.

Place the template of PolkaDots on the long sleeve shirt. (If the purchased shirt has different details as the sample, adjust the layout as you like.) Position a target sticker in the center of the design. Hoop the shirt with poly mesh cutaway and stitch the polka dot designs. To make color changes easier, use your color sort tool on your machine or with software. The polka dots can easily be embroidered in one color to simplify the task even further. Repeat embroidery on the opposite side of shirt.

Here’s your assignment this week:

Zip on over to ZippyDesignZ and let us know what your favorite RikRack pattern is. Six lucky winners will get a $25 gift certificate code to use at ZippyDesignZ!

The winner of last week’s assignment is:

Pick your favorite design from above, A, B or C. One lucky winner will win their very copy of Perfect Placement Software. Thank you and good luck!

And the winner is…“I like design “C” best because it has a more free-flowing aspect to it than the first two designs. It is somewhat art nouveau in feeling which is a favorite design style of mine.” – Rosalyn S.




  • Ellen Perry

    I love the polka dot rik rac…thank you for the instructions on how to do the embroidery.

  • Jo

    The polka dot rik rak is really cute. Would love to put it on a t-shirt and shorts to make a set.

  • Sharon

    I love the rikrak. My favorite is the Freeestanding rikrak because it’s uses are endless.

  • Martie Dutro

    All of those rik rak designs are just stunning!! It is hard to choose but I am definitly in love with the rik rak zipper bags!!!

  • Susan

    Both show Su h great projects. Yes, it is frusgr when fabric store is out of rickrack and of course, the color doesn’tmmatch the fabrics. I guess, Design #2 would be my choice.

  • Benie Webre

    I have used the regular embroidery zippy ric rak but I know that I would get the most use out of the freestanding designs so it is my favorite.

  • LoveBigEmbroideryMachines

    I have made a very cute fringed rik rak iPad bag – if I do say so myself. I am fond of this website and all their embroidered rik rak designs.

  • Terry

    Polka dot rr

  • Sharon Brockhouse

    The Bling chevron is so much fun.

  • Gail Beam

    I have always loved ric rac and miss all of the colors that used to be available at fabric stores. Love fringe too, so my favorite would have to be the fringed ric rack, although all of the ric rac designs look awesome, as one can never have to many ric rac choices!

  • Mary

    The rik rak zipper bags, the fringe appliques. This is new to me and would love to try that type of rik rak.

  • Kandy

    I love the polka dot rik rak. I just used from rik rak from my stash that was from my grandmother’s stuff 40 plus years ago.

  • Pam M

    Forget the rik rak, sorry – I’m totally in love with their chevron designs. Thank you for directing me to this previously unknown to me website.

  • gayle

    I love the polka dot rik rak. Its uses are endless.

  • Eunice

    I love Zippys’ freestanding Rik Rak! Who knew? I am so excited by this because I can never find the exact color or size rick rack I want for my projects. Now I won’t have to make do with whatever the store has in stock. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

  • Jane

    Oh I love the polka dot rikrak – I can see so many ways to use it. Thanks for the chance.

  • Pam

    I love this idea and the instructions are great!

  • Patty Sack

    I like the fringed rikrak!

  • Judy Inhoff

    I like the polka dot rik rak. Very cute and fun to add to burp cloths. Thanks for a chance to win.

  • Linda W.

    I have the free standing RikRak from ZippyDesignZ. Just used it to make flower stems on a quilt for my granddaughter. It was great to be able to make the perfect color RikRak. But I love the polka dot RikRak–and I have it too. Thanks for the wonderful project idea!

  • Lynn Edman

    I am so intrigued by all of the rikrak designs! I have never seen anything embroidered like it!! Very tough decision but I would have to say the polka dot rikrak might be my favorite.

  • Rosalyn

    This is a new web site for me and I am very excited about the ideas. I love the Polka Dot Rik Rak and the thought of the corners not curling.

  • Donna F

    What a great set of designs. I love the polka dot rik rak for its many uses. But I have also fallen in love with the baby set and the bibs and the blankies. I think I will have to make some up for my friends with babies and new grandchildren.

  • Jen

    I’m a fan of the fringed and the free standing rik rack. This is a great item – so useful, verstile and “personalizable”.

  • Kathy

    I love the fringed rick rack. It is amazing what our machines can do. Now rick rack! Love it!

  • Rosalyn Schultze

    The EZPZ Rik Rak Zipper Bag is my favorite pattern since the bag may be used to store so many different items. It will make a great gift for my “sewing sisters”.

  • Vanessa B

    Love the RikRak Zipper Bags and the new Chevrons! Thanks!!!

  • le floch, anne

    I like the fringed rikrak the most, it brings a really festive touch to a garment. Great idea!

  • Marilyn H

    I love the free standing ric rack. I have used it on several items.
    Also like the new chevrons!

  • Laurie

    I just love the free standing ric rac! I was looking for some purple ric rac and could not find it! This is so cool! Love it! Thanks Eileen for the great site!

  • Paule-Marie

    I like the rik-rak zipper bags. Love to have little bags or boxes to put stuff in. I have to admit the freestanding rik-rak is a close second.

  • Mary Haggenmaker

    How great a site this is. Not only so many neat designs but inspirational too! I really like that fringy rick rack. My imagination is in overdrive for uses of this.

  • Glenda

    It has to be the polka dot rikrak. I have the free standing and could really use the poka dot.

  • Brenda Howard

    I love the EZPZ RikRak Zipper Bags they are so cool and I can sure see me using them a lot.

  • sharon smart

    I love the Keeper Of The Stuff door hanger cause I am aways forgetting “stuff”.

  • Linda

    My favorite is the EZPZ rikrak zipper bags, I have made bunches of them as gifts for family and friends. I have purchased other designs from zippydezigns all have stitched out very well, Thanks!

  • Ann

    I like the free standing rick rack best. It would be fun to have perfectly matching rickrack for projects.

  • Vicky Isliefson

    My favorite is the EZPZ Zipper Bags. I love bags!

  • Danie Duchesne

    Wonderful! I would have never thought I would find a rikrak designs. Freestanding would offer endless possibilities – no more run to the store to find the right color! But I also like the Fringe rikrak.

    Thanks for the information!

  • Maria Fortunato

    I really like anything with Chevron.

  • Paula Roney

    All of the designs are really cute, but my favorite is the Polka Dot rick rack set.

  • Donna G.

    What a great website! My favorite is the EZPZ zipper bags, with the freestanding rick rack very close behind.

  • judy williamson

    I love the polka dot rick rack. I hate dealing with purchased rick rack – never get it straight! Would make great addition to a lot of items.

  • Katherine Smith

    My favorite RicRack pattern is the polka dot rick rack. I love her site and have supported her for years at her booths at events. I love it. Awesome!

  • Michelle Ford-Copley

    So much to love there! EzPZ burpies and bibs, love the chevron and love ALL the RikRak especially the polka dotted ones!