Friday, October 26, 2012

Rufflicious Wrap Up!

I'm knee deep in Halloween sewing, I mean assembly, so this wrap up is going to be a brief one! I did want to recap what we did this week, and take a look at a few other ruffling methods (there are so many out there!)

Here are links to all the tutorials for this week:
Rufflicious Week Wrap Up at Make It Handmade

Rufflicious Week Wrap Up at Make It Handmade

In addition to what we covered this week, there are so many other ways to ruffle-- especially if you are willing to purchase a new foot or own a serger. The big benefit with these attachements is that they amke it possible to ruffle and stitch fabric to unruffled peice at the same time. Here are a few links to that talk about special feet:

  • Using a ruffler foot: This is a detailed tutorial by daniKate Designs which I love because it takes you through making a test strip as well as installing the foot and making cute little tiered dresses! I had a chance to use a ruffler foot briefly, and it is a neat little device. You can use it for making tight ruffles or pleats, and as an engineer I just loved watching it work.
  • How to use a gathering foot: This is a youtube video, but it's the best tutorial I've found on how a gathering foot works. A gathering foot is less expensive than a ruffling foot. 
Rufflicious Week Wrap Up at Make It Handmade

And if you do happen to have a serger, you can use that to ruffle too!

And we are done! I have a feeling that I might be alone in getting so geeked out about all these different ways to accomplish basically the same thing! I'm hoping that even if you've been a bit bored this week that these tutorials will be helpful to you going forward. It's a great feeling to be able to choose the perfect method for you, and turn a tedious task into a fun efficient one!
Rufflicious Week Wrap Up at Make It Handmade
Have a wonderful weekend, and I hope to see you next week! 


  1. I loved this week of ruffles!! My favorite is the couching method too. I learned how to sew from my mom when I was 10 or so, and of course have used the old-fashioned method for everything. I don't like resewing two lengths of stitching for each gathered edge...maybe this is why my creations don't have as many ruffles! Lovely photos as always! And I think we have the same Janome machine!
    Hugs and prayers, Abbie

  2. Thanks for these great tutorials! I bought a gathering foot for my machine with the intention of making cute skirts and dresses and it has been living in a drawer on my craft table for 8 months... Hopefully this is the kick in the butt I need to try something new :)

    Lovely blog, by the way. I just happened over here by accident, but I'm glad I did!

  3. Thanks so much for including me in your post! I've enjoyed your posts and have used all the methods (except for the scrunch method) before. My favorites are the couching method (for heavier fabrics) or the old-fashioned method. I just love how precise the old-fashioned method is! I like to do one line of basting above and one below where the seam will be sewn, so that I can line up the ruffles and get them really neat.
    Oh, and the direct link to my tutorials page, in case someone doesn't notice the tab for them is:

    Thank you again for putting so much information in one easy-to-find place!

  4. Thanks for this reasonably brief series, what a huge amount of great information you've put together! This will help me to quit avoiding all things ruffled- I may have to try the crinkle quilt now.


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