Wednesday, February 24, 2010

A Simple Ruffle Tutorial

If you've never tried to make ruffles before, give it a shot. It's so easy that you'll find yourself cutting out strips from all sorts of fabrics and making them up in no time. You don't need a sewing machine to do this!

With the trend of adding rough-cut ruffles to clothing these days, I thought it would be fun to have a bunch at the ready for adding to all sorts of projects. Here are the easy steps:
- fabric scraps
- ruler
- scissors
- needle & thread or a sewing machine
1. Gather some fabric scraps together. Cut two inch high strips (or whatever size you prefer) and in a desired length. Make sure they are long enough to gather. It will be shorter once it is gathered.
2. Sew by hand or with your sewing machine a straight stitch all the way down the centre. You can backstitch at the beginning only, or if you forget that is fine. It will still work.
3. By gently pulling the string ends with your fingers, you will gather or ruffle the fabric.

4. Pull out and stretch some of the fabric until you get it uniform and a somewhat even looking ruffle all the way along.

Here are some other ideas:

- turn your ruffle into a rosette by twisting it into a circle shape and handstitching together

- before gathering the ruffle, try sewing a narrow piece of ribbon to the centre stitch

I've got a ruffle, now what?

- attach it as an accent on a pouch or other handmade item (see photo above)

- sew it randomly to a t-shirt or skirt or the hem of a pair of jeans (see my next tutorial for that!)

- turn it into a headband by attaching it to a large elastic headband

- shape your ruffle into different designs

- use it as an embellishment for a scrapbook page or other paper crafting project

- sew it to the bottom of a lampshade

- sew it to a cushion or along the edge of a pillow
I hope you'll share with me what you've made with ruffles! I'd love to see! Come back tomorrow to see my ruffled shirt!


  1. Thanks, Jill - I hope you try it! :)

  2. I've shared this on my Facebook fan page: vintageterrace2
    So cute, just gotta share it.



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