Ruffle Your Frocks Without Ruffling Your Feathers

There’s no easier way to imbue an outfit with DIY darlingness than to add some ruffles. “Wait a minute,” you counter, “Making Ruffles? Easy? I don’t think so.” No, it’s true! Here’s a little DIY project to prove it!

Keep reading to see what steps make this project ‘sew’ easy!

1. Choose a swatch of fabric for your ruffles. Cut this fabric in a spiral. It may help to draw a spiral on the fabric first, using tailor’s chalk.

  • The wider the space you leave in between the turns of your spiral, the wider the ruffle will be.
  • Keep in mind that the outer parts of the spiral will ruffle less, while the center will be the most ruffly!

2. Pull the spiral into a line, and pin it onto your garment, making sure the top of the ‘once-was-spiral’ fabric strip is a straight line.

  • If you’re working with a fabric that frays, you’ll want the finish the edges off first by tucking them under and sewing.

3. Sew! Line your presser foot up with the straight line you pinned, and stitch away! Or, sew by hand.

4. Add more layers of ruffles if you desire, by repeating steps 1-3.

Tada! Who would have thought this would be so simple?

Do you have any items that your itching to try this on?

About Hannah

"Q: Where do cantaloupes go for the summer? A: John Cougar Mellon Camp!" From that joke you can surmise a few things about Hannah -- she loves a good pun, she delights in irreverence, and red peppers are her vegetable of choice. How does one figure out Hannah loves red peppers from that joke? Hmm, that's top secret. Hannah also adores outdoor activities, arts & crafts, reading, and being abroad.

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7 Responses to Ruffle Your Frocks Without Ruffling Your Feathers

  1. Jenny K. 02/11/2010 at 2:19 pm #

    Great idea :)
    I would love to try this idea on some curtains; a little ruffle would just make it perfect!

  2. Lindsay (ModCloth) 02/11/2010 at 2:48 pm #

    I love it! Thanks Hannah!

  3. jill 02/11/2010 at 3:26 pm #

    SWEET! So easy it’s ridiculous. Thanks for the tip!

  4. violette 02/13/2010 at 5:22 pm #

    absolutely awsome…i’ve already ruffled 3 frocks!!!

  5. Brianna 02/16/2010 at 9:15 pm #

    Awesome and easy!

  6. Katie'Girl 06/20/2010 at 3:18 pm #

    What a great idea! I can’t wait to try it.

  7. Stephanie 11/04/2010 at 10:08 pm #

    that is awesome! Thanks, I think I’ll ruffle up an old denim skirt I have! :)

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