The Hard way:
- sewing machine
Cut your fabric to your determined width (plus any seam allowance or hem allowance).
Cut your fabric to determined length. Now this will depend on how full you want your ruffle to be. I usually use 3 to 4 times the width of my project. If your project is 12 inches, you will need at least 36 inches of fabric. I always err on the side of caution and cut extra.
Set your machine settings
|Tension to -3|
|Stitch length on longest setting|
Sew a Gather Stitch
|Bobin side of your gather stitch|
Something to keep in mind is your edges. Are you going to hem them or leave them raw? You can also fold your fabric in half width wise and make a thicker ruffle eliminating the need for a bottom hem. I usually hem my long edge first and one of my side edges. Then, once I've pinned my ruffle to my project and determined my length, I cut the remaining fabric off leaving enough fabric for my final hem.
You will also want to use a TON of pins to keep this baby in place. You can never have too many.
|A Table runner I did in burlap and muslin. Had 3 rows of very full ruffles.|
Good Luck! Have any questions or need more pics or need help with your project, just leave a comment and I'll be happy to help out.
Coming up next is Ruffles The Easy Way!