There are many different ways to sew ruffles! I want to share with you a few different techniques to get your brain spinning on ways you may use/sew ruffles!
There are different ways to cut your ruffle, depending on your needs for you particular project.
–Fold-over: To get a finished bottom cut a strip doubling the height you want the ruffle to be. Fold in half and gather at the top. This will create a finished bottom and and unfinished top. Perfect for layers where you won’t see the top.
–Tube: Again, double the height and fold over your fabric. Sew along the unfinished edge. Flip right sides out and press. Sew a line down the middle to ruffle or edge. This is perfect for a project where you need one or both edges to be finished. You could also press the seam so it is in the middle instead, that way you could sew the middle and not have a seam on one of the edges.
–Hemming: Cut a strip of fabric the height you need plus the amount you will hem. You can either serge the bottom then hem, or fold the hem over twice completely encasing the unfinished edge. This will leave you with a finished and unfinished edge. Again great for projects that you only need one finished hem. This way saves you a little fabric, but costs you some time. You could also simply serge the bottom edge and leave it un-hemmed.
–Bias: Cut your ruffle on the bias (45 degree angle) to the exact size you want. Since it is on the bias the edges won’t fray.
–Knits: You can ruffle knits anyway you want. Since they don’t fray you won’t have to worry about finishing the edges if you don’t want!
To actually ruffle fabric there are a few different ways to do it. You could even use the technique we talked about yesterday. But a few other ways are: basting, zig zag stich over twine or ruffler foot/serger.
-Basting: run two basting stitches close together (about 1/4″ away) then pull top two threads, making sure to told the opposite side’s threads taut so they don’t pull out when ruffling. You can pull out the basting stitch once your ruffle is secured with a normal stitch.
-Zig Zag Stitch: Take a thick string and run a zig zag stitch over the top of it, taking care not to actually stitch on top of it. Now pull on the thick string to gather the fabric. Secure with a row of stitching then pull out twine.
-Ruffler foot/Serger: simply adjust the settings and let the machine do the job for you! This is a set stitch length so you get uniformed, but you can’t aim for an exact length. So ere on the side of being way to long to make sure you have enough for your project!
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