This beaded fabric ruffle is an adaptation of a trim I use in my soufflé sweater pieces. It gives a lighthearted edge to otherwise serious clothing, or can be used in layers to make a lush evening top or skirt.
For this example, we used a strip of organza, 10″ long and 45″ wide. This will ultimately yield a finished length of 18″ of trim, or a 3.5:1 ratio. Use this ratio to gauge how much organza you need to cut, for the edge you want to finish.
With the rotary cutter, or hot knife (for man-made fibers), cut a curve off the end of the strip. Then, cut out double-ended shapes, as shown. You don’t have to be a perfectionist here-these can be regular, or irregular. The only consideration, is to have them end about 1/2″-3/4″ in from the edges of the strip.
Once you’ve cut out the shapes from your strip,…
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