Ruffles are an easy detail to add to girls fashion or doll dresses. A “finish” frequently seen on ready to wear are raw edges, a perfect finish technique for whipping up some fast and easy ruffles at home! Below are two 3/4″ wide ruffles with raw edges.
First choose a lightweight, tightly woven fabric that rips easily across the lengthwise grain.
Next measure and mark the height of desired ruffle (add in a seam allowance if the ruffle is to be inserted into a seam). Rip across. Pull off any dangly threads. Cut off selvage ends. Press strip if necessary. Ready to ruffle!
To stitch ruffles, use a ruffle foot or simply set your machine to long stitches (4+) and tight tension (8). Stitch along seam line or in the center of the strip, depending how you want to apply your ruffle. With the setting I used, a 17″ strip became a 12″ long ruffle. Adjust and test your machine settings for your preferences.
TIP: When starting to stitch, hold thread ends.
Once you get the hang of this, you are ready to froth up some fun fashions!