When I was a little girl I didn’t want a thing to do with anything ruffly or anything pink. (I grew up with 4 brothers-there wasn’t much girlyness in my house.) I think those repressed feelings or my childhood are coming out now because these days I LOVE anything pink and these ruffles are fun. So, today, for Lesson #5 of our Learn to Sew series, let me teach you how to sew ruffles. Then you can add them to anything.
Now, let’s sew some ruffles!
Learn to Sew: How to Sew Ruffles:
Making ruffles that you can add to a skirt or an apron or a cute tote bag is not too difficult.
Start out by preparing your fabric. You will need to cut it to the length indicated on whatever pattern you are using. Usually you are also probably going to be asked to hem your fabric before you create the ruffle. Get all of that done before you do the next steps.
With your fabric ready, run a long baste stitch along the top edge of your fabric. DO NOT back stitch to knot your thread. Leave the threads long and hanging on either end. Now run a second baste stitch (again, don’t knot) just below the first one you did. Again, leave your threads long.
Now, grab hold of the top two threads. Leave the back two threads hanging.
Now you will gently tug your threads and slide your fabric down them. Do this very gently-you don’t want to break your thread.
Keep doing this, sliding your fabric further down and evening it out as you go so that in the end it looks like this:
Now, often your pattern is going to want you to form a loop with the ruffle you just made. To do this you will simply make sure that you have your ruffle at the length indicated on your pattern (to adjust just slide the fabric on the thread to make it longer or shorter) and then put the ends of your fabric together with right sides touching and sew along the edges (this time with a regular straight stitch.)
Now let’s add those ruffles to something shall we? I’ve got 2 project options again this week. Originally I had planned on the apron, but when I made it I realized it might be a little complicated for new sewers. It’s not necessarily really hard, and you have all the skills needed, but it is a long project. It took me about 2 hours and that’s a loooong time for a project for me.
So, if you want to keep it simple this week, I recommend this Ruffle Tote Bag. It’s pretty easy and turns out adorable!
If you are feeling ambitious, try this ruffle apron: