I guarantee you'll know how to gather fabric in no time! :D
Step 1: What you'll need:
- a sewing machine
- a piece of fabric
- a ruler (if you're wanting to gather it to a certain size)
At the beginning of this year it decided it didn't want to do much of anything right, especially when it involves sewing through a single sheet of fabric. ;)
Step 2: Sewing
Sew one straight line 1/8 inch from the edge of the fabric. Don't backstitch at the beginning or end and make sure to stop sewing right at the edge of the fabric so you don't get any knots.
Then sew another line another 1/8 inch in from the line you just finished.
Leaving long lengths (3-4 inches at least!) of thread at both ends of the fabric is vital to your success here, as well!
Step 3: Gathering
You'll be using the top strings - grab both of them with your right hand and pull the fabric towards you with your left hand. You'll see it start to gather up. Do this on the other side now, and keep going until you reach the length you want.
Don't worry too much about the gathers and how they're laid out, we'll fix that in a moment!