In one of my first posts, I mentioned that I had a love/hate relationship with making ruffles. I do. I really really do. When I discovered how to make ruffles the easy way on Pinterest, I was set. I knew I could handle making ruffles. No problem!
So I set out and this is what I came up with. I took some old maternity shirts, cut them up and went to town.
This is how I did it.
First, I set my machine properly to make the ruffles.
Wait.. I lie.
I looked at the machine’s manual online and figured out what dials I needed to adjust to properly make the ruffles. If you don’t have your manual on hand, head over to ManualsOnline.com and search for the make and model of your sewing machine. Chances are you can find the manual you need- no problem!
After I figured out what dials did what, I set my tension dial to the highest number and the stitch length to the widest stitch possible. Here’s a little diagram of my machine and what I did to get it ready.
Once I got through with the first run, I took my rotary cutter, eyeballed how wide I wanted my ruffles, and ran the cutter right down the fabric. Then I took the excess fabric and ran it through the machine again to make another ruffle.
I would highly recommend you have a cutting mat underneath your rotary cutter when you do this. My poor craft table is all cut up now. Whoops!
You can also just make a bunch of ruffles all at once and cut in between the stitches after you’re done. I do not prefer this method because it gives me less freedom to make the ruffles as wide or as narrow as I wanted.
It just was weird to me. But it’s an option nonetheless.
Now on to sewing them to something else.
Is ruffling even a word?
If you can’t get your stitches to line up, just sew your ruffle on to your fabric and seam rip out the “older” stitch. That should work just fine.
And there you have it. I actually made Big V and Little V’s dress and shirt that I sewed the ruffles onto. I was going to throw that into this tutorial but it was a complete and utter failure, so I decided to leave that out for now. Typical rookie flop.. LOL!
Did you notice the girls’ hair bows? I made those using the extra ruffles. Be looking for a tutorial on how to make those coming in the next day or two. I think they turned out super cute.
Let me know how your machine-ruffle-making goes. Hope you enjoyed this tutorial!
Oh and I almost forgot- I want to give a HUGE shout-out to Rachel from Bubbly Nature Creations for linking up her Bunny baskets and Sarah from Hope in Every Season for linking up her yummy Lemon Muffin recipe last week! Much appreciated, ladies!. Thanks for participating in my little link party!