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How To Sew
Making Ruffles, So easy When You Know How!
The fashion today is so very pretty and
what adds to making it so very pretty is the
use of ruffles. They do take a little time to
sew but once the garment is finished are well
worth the effort.
Once you learn the ins and
outs of ruffles, then you can add then to a
garment you are making without the ruffle being
included in the original pattern. You just need
to learn how to make the ruffles.
Ruffles, when produced by
hand, can take some time, but worth the
But...if you have a sewing
machine with a zig-zag stitch, a ruffler
attachment and a narrow hemmer, like a rolled
hem attachment, then you can have a lot of fun
making ruffles without much effort on your
The wider the ruffle, the
fuller they need to be.
The rule of thumb is sheer
fabrics need three times the finished ruffle
and weightier fabrics only need two and a half
times the finished length .
Once you have decided on
your width and fullness of the ruffles, measure
out on your fabric and start cutting out the
fabric, remember to allow for hems.
I like to make a template
from light cardboard, like manila folder
thickness, of the finished width of the ruffle,
use as a guide to cut the fabric, allow for the
hems. Then you can use the same template for
pressing up the hems to sew. alternatively make
two templates, one with hems added for the
measuring and cutting and the other without
hems for the pressing. This saves a lot of
Join sections together, end
to end, that's the width and make one
Stitch a narrow double
folded hem along one long edge. If your ruffle
is going to be on the outside, then you need to
stitch both long edges with the narrow
If you have a ruffler
attachment for your sewing machine, then attach
it and do a test ruffle so you can get the
right fullness, follow the instructions for
your ruffler attachment.
If you don't have a ruffler
attachment, then you can make the ruffles this
way. You need the zig-zag stitch for your
machine, set to a very wide width and length.
This will need a little practice too before you
take on the ruffle.
You will need a strong cord,
something like dental floss is good or a
crochet thread. Lay this along the stitching
line and being very careful not to catch the
floss or thread, zig-zag over it.
When you have stitched the
length of the ruffle, secure one end of the
floss or thread by tying a large knot in it so
it won't pull through. Now pull the other end
of the floss or thread until you have the
desired length of the ruffle and secure at that
Divide the finished length
of your ruffle into 4 equal measures.
If the finished length will be say 36 inches,
then mark out on your template 9 inches. Use
this as a guide for getting the gathering even.
Start by gathering up the ruffle in sections to
the 9 inches and pin each section as you go,
then machine stitch the ruffle, cord side up
and keep gathers even on both sides of the
If you don't have a machine,
then run a basting stitch along the ruffle
sections and gather up using the same method as
above to get them evenly gathered.
Now you can add ruffles to
any garment you desire, it is all in the
About the author:
CTBaird is owner and publisher of SewMoreForU
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