Thursday, July 8, 2010

Tailoring Thursdays™, Tips, Tricks and Techniques for Sewers: Ruffles.

Ruffles are easy!  Here's a walk through to give you a better and easier understanding of how ruffles are created...

MACHINE SET UP

  Set your tension to the highest number.   
  

 Set your stitch length to the highest number.


Use a quilting/piercing foot (if possible, not necessary).  



UNDERSTANDING THE RUFFLE


Ruffles are merely gathered fabric.  Try this first set of instructions to get an idea of how ruffles work:

 Take a scrap of material.  
Straight stitch down the middle.  
Back stitch at the start, but do NOT back stitch at the end...leave at least 3" of thread at the end. 


Separate the top thread from the bottom thread.  Hold the top thread taught in one hand and pinch the material around the threads and scrunch toward the backstitched end.  

Continue scrunching until you reach the desired amount of gather/ruffle.


 When you reach the desired amount of gather, tie both the top and bottom thread into a knot. 

Back:

Front:



CHEATER RUFFLE

 Take a scrap of material.  
Straight stitch down the middle.  
Back stitch at the start, but do NOT back stitch at the end...leave at least 3" of thread at the end.

Starting at the same end as previous stitch line, stitch a second line parallel to the first about 1/8" to 1/4" from the first stitch line (repeat the backstitch just at the top end and leave at least 3" of thread at the end again).

Going to the end of the fabric that is not back stitched, separate the top and bottom threads.  
Hold the top threads taught in one hand, pinch the material around the threads and scrunch toward the backstitched end.  

Continue scrunching until you reach the desired amount of gather/ruffle. 
When you reach the desired amount of gather, tie both the top and bottom threads into a knot. 
  

Back:

Front:





THE OFFICIAL RUFFLE METHOD

Pull threads so that there will be 3 - 4" of thread extending from the start of the stitching.
Straight stitch down the middle without backstitching. 
Leave at least 3" of thread at the end of the stitching line.
Stitch a second line parallel to the first about 1/8" to 1/4" from the first stitch line, leaving the same amount of thread at the start and end as with previous stitch line.

Separate top and bottom threads.  
Knot the bottom threads together on each end of fabric. 
Holding top threads on one end taught scrunch fabric from one end towards the middle, then repeat with the other end.

Once you have reached your desired amount of gather or ruffle, tie a knot with both top and bottom threads on both ends of fabric.


Back:

Front:


From Left to right:

Single thread gather.  Cheater ruffle.  Official ruffle.

1 comment:

Lauren said...

Thank you! Very easy to follow!

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