Monday, January 10, 2011

Tutorial: different kinds of ruffles

When I first started sewing (about a year ago) I was shocked to discover that there are literally, maybe, 10 ways to create a ruffle. Anyway, these ideas were sort of revolutionary to me, so I thought I might share them. For anyone that knows about sewing, I'm sure my explanations will bore you to death, but I wanted to share for those who might not know!

Ruffle 1:
You will need a scrap piece of fabric and a sewing machine.


1) Turn your stitch length to the lowest  but NOT zero (my lowest is a 6)

2) sew a straight stitch down the middle of your fabric (make sure not to back stitch at the end)


3) pull on one of the dangling threads to ruffle your fabric and tie off the threads to keep it from un-ruffling.
4) Admire the ruffle!

Ruffle 2:

1) Turn your stitch length to a low number (2-8)

2) Turn your tension up! Turn it up about 3 notches from where it would normally be for whatever fabric you are using..

3) Sew a straight stitch down the center of your fabric to create a ruffle without any pulling. The machine does the work for you!

Changing the tension will make it more ruffled or less. Play around with it until you find the perfect ruffle for your project!

Ruffle 3:

1) Get a piece of fabric and cut a crescent shape out of it

2) Pull the inside crescent into a straight line.

3)The outside crescent part will be a ruffle when you sew the straight line onto your piece

4) This is used for more "soft" ruffles and a wavy look
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That is all the ruffle ideas for today, I hope I gave you guys some ideas!
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