Saturday, April 6, 2013

DIY: Tutorial on Simple Embelishments: Fabric Ruffles and Ruffle Flowers

Welcome to Little Once Boutique! Thanks for stoping by to learn how to make your own ruffles and ruffle flower embelishments. If you like what you see on this blog, stop by and see us on Facebook!

These simple touches are great add-ons to whatever you want, they are easy to learn how to do. For this tutorial, you need long strips of fabric. I typically cut my fabric 4 inches wide for ruffles and I make them double the length I need the ruffle to be. For flowers I often use 2 inch strips, but you can play around with the size of your fabric strips to get things the way you like them. I recommend doing some of these as practice so you can see how it works and also for testing out what size ruffles and flowers you like.

You will also need:
  • A sewing machine
  • Coordinating thread & buttons
  • Scissors
  • An iron & ironing board.
Step 1. Measure and cut your fabric into 2" to 4" wide strips (double the length of whatever you want to sew them on to. If for flowers, start with a strip that is 12 inches long.

Step 2. fold the strips in half and press.

Step 3. Keeping the fabric folded in half, zig-zag stitch it lengthwise. Also zig-zag stitch the 2 raw ends so the fabric doesn't become too frayed.

Step 4. Change the settings on your sewing machine so that the thread tension is high and your stitch length is long. Place your fabric under the sewing machine presser foot and straight stitch right down the strip of fabric, this will create ruffles.!

Step 5. Sew your ruffles on where ever you want to add some spunk to your piece!

Take a look at this tutorial to learn how to use this technique to make your own super sweet  Baby Leggings

For flowers:

Step 1. Repeat steps 1-3 above.

Step 2. Stitch the two ends together (picture 1) to form a ring (picture 2). You can do this by hand on on the machine.

Step 3.  Gather the center of the fabric ring and stitch it up. (does not have to be neat, you just want to close the center. (pictures 3 & 4)

Step 4. Then take a button and sew it over top of the center, to cover the hole. Now you have a Ruffle Flower ready to be placed!


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