how to…make ruffles
This top started out as a thrifted nightshirt with a plain front and a bottom rounded bottom edge. Which I promptly cut off and then hemmed up the shirt edge. Those scraps stared at me for months until I figured it out: Ruffles for the front.
finished close up of ruffled front
Making ruffles is really easy with t-shirt strips, fabric strips w finished edges, or in this case, fabric tubes made from scraps.
Either fold the strips in half, lengthwise or measure the halfway mark.
Cut straight down the middle.
Fold each piece in half, lengthwise, wrong sides facing, and press.
Sew each strip, wrong sides together, close to the edge.
I ended up with four tubes, two long and two short.
Turn the tubes, so the right sides are out, and press them with the seam in the center back.
Baste down the middle of each tube.
Fold the top and bottom edges over and stitch, by hand or machine.
Lay strips out on the shirt. I decided to do three, and combine the two short pieces into one long one.
Pin the top of each strip to the shirt neck. I pinned the right side of the top strip upside down at the V point of the shirt.
Then gather the strips by gently pulling the underthread of the basting. Pin as you gather. When you get to the bottom, fold the edge under.
All three are pinned and ready to be sewn.
Stitch down the center of each strip.
As if leopard could get better!