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Picture Tutorial: Making Ruffled Trim

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  • Picture Tutorial: Making Ruffled Trim
  • For my ruffled trim, I chose to use the same fabric as I used to make my top, but you could use something contrasting if you'd like. My fabrication is a cotton/lycra jersey, but you could use a woven with this technique as well. If you choose to use a woven and cut on the crosswise grain, you will not get as much of a lettuce edge as you would with a knit. If you cut your trim on the bias, you will get more of a lettuce edge with a woven.
 
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Step 1: Cut Fabric and Prepare Fabric

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  • Decide how wide you want your ruffle to be and them prepare and cut the fabric. I chose to make my ruffle 1 1/2" wide. Cut your fabric in the crosswise direction. In the direction of most stretch for a knit. If you're using a woven fabrication, you could also cut the fabric on the bias for more stretch.
  • Set up your overlock/serger to do a narrow rolled hem stitch. Many machines do this operation with 2 or 3 threads. Choose the one you like best. I used contrasting threads with a 3 thread rolled hem to add another element to my trim.

Step 2: Finish the Edges with a Overlock/Serger Rolled Hem

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  • Start at the end of the fabric and insert it into your machine. Pull the fabric gently as you stitch along to create the "lettuce edge".

Step 3: Add a Basting Stitch to the Center of the Fabric

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  • After you've finished off the edges, it's time to gather into a ruffle. I stitched a single machine basting stitch and then pulled the bobbin thread to create the gathers. I gathered mine very tightly to get the look I wanted, but you could gather as much or as little to achieve the look you want. I just ran a long basting stitch down the center of my strip. You could also use a ruffle attachment if you're familiar with one of those.

Step 4: Pull in Basting Stitch to Create Gathers & Stitch to Secure

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  • Once the ruffle is gathered in, run another stitch down the center of the ruffle to secure the gathers.
  • Add the ruffles you created to your project.