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~How to make a Basic Ruffle~

Decide the width of your ruffle.  With fabric folded, cut the fabric strips the needed length.  The rule of thumb for the length needed is generally 2 and 1/2 times the finished length for weightier fabrics and 3 times for light fabrics.

Instructions on how to create a basic ruffle…great for putting ruffles on pillows and craft projects!


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  1. ellalouise | | #1

    i have been trying to make tiered skirts,for my grandaughter,what is the best way,serger ,or sewing machine,could you explain the steps,i can not seem to get the seems to match on a serger,please help.

  2. nicole2677 | | #2

    Hello! I am learning all the ins-and-outs of sewing, and I'm curious why you say this in one of your picture captions: "Remember, if you do not have a selvaged edge at the end of one of your ruffle ends, you will need to turn under, either at this stage or later when you actually attach it." What is the benefit of having/not having the selvage on one end of the ruffle?
    Thank you!

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    RobertVBishop | | #3

    Very helpful ideas.. Thanks for sharing..

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