I am in the process of sewing a couple of cute skirts for Rachel. And when you’re sewing things for little girls, you need a lot of ruffles! Recently my cousin shared a tip with me for sewing ruffles. Now that I know how to sew ruffles the easy way, I see a lot more handmade skirts in Rachel’s future. 🙂
How to Sew Ruffles the Easy Way
To make ruffles, you have to gather the edge of your fabric. In the past, I’ve just sewed a basting stitch down the edge and then pulled the thread. The frustrating thing with that method is that sometimes the thread breaks and I have to start all over again. This new way is much faster and easier!
Here’s how you do it!
Cut a piece of string several inches longer than the edge of your fabric. Place your fabric on your sewing machine and set your stitch to a long, wide zig-zag stitch. Place the string near the edge of your fabric, making sure you leave a tail of string at the end so you can grab it later. Now just stitch over the string.When you get to the end, you should have a tail of thread on that edge as well. Now all you have to do to gather your fabric is pull on the string. Easy peasy! And you can pull the thread from both ends, so it is much easier to make ruffles in your fabric!Doesn’t that just make you want to go out and make something cute with ruffles?