So I do love ruffles, they are the perfect embellishment for baby quilts, wall hangings and accessories. Don’t be afraid of ruffles, just buy a ruffle foot for your sewing machine! It will make ruffles so much easier, I promise. After making ruffles the traditional way of basting stitches and pulling the basting stitches to form the ruffle, I thought, there must be an easier way. I started searching for that way and found a ruffle foot for my sewing machine. I must admit I was a little (a lot) intimidated as the ruffle foot is big and clunky looking, however looks can be deceiving! I read the instructions that came with my foot and started ruffling, never to look back! Check out our on how to use a ruffle foot and maybe it will encourage you too!
First, I wanted to share with you an idea that came from my daughters. They love having a cute key chain that they can easily find . So why not add a ruffle to make it super cute and practical!
Ruffled Easter Bunting Tutorial
1 ⅔ yards Fabric for Bunting Triangles (Front and Back)
⅛ yard Fabric for Applique Letters
¼ yard Fusible Web for Applique Letters (We used SoftFuse)
⅔ yard Pellon 987F Fusible Fleece
⅓ yard Fabric for Ruffle
¼ yard Fabric for Binding
From the bunting triangles fabric cut 1 – 11” x WOF strips. From the strips cut 5 – 8 ½” x 11” rectangles. Mark bottom center of rectangle 4 ¼”, cut from 4 ¼” mark to left corner, repeat for right corner. You will need 12 front bunting triangles and 12 back bunting triangles.
We used 4” letter stencils from the office supply store and cookie cutters for our templates. Trace letters on the paper side of fusible web. (Remember to trace letters in reverse so they are appliqued in correct direction)
Cut out letters and fuse each letter to one front bunting triangle 1 ¾” from top. Machine applique if desired.
From the fusible fleece cut 2 – 10” x WOF strip, from the strips cut 12 - 7 ½” x 10” rectangles. Mark bottom center of rectangle 3 ¾”, cut from 3 ¾” mark to left corner, repeat for right corner. On each fleece triangle cut ½” off bottom point.
Place a front bunting triangle to a fused fleece back triangle right sides together. Using a ¼” seam allowance, stitch about 1” from top side all the way around the triangle ending stitching 1” from remaining top side leaving a few inches open at top to turn right side out.
Pin bunting triangles overlapping corners 1”. Baste all 12 bunting triangles to make one unit.
From the ruffle fabric cut 4 – 2” x WOF strips(need approximately 180” strip). Stitch short ends together to make 1 long continuous strip. Press in half wrong sides together. Stitch a scant ¼” from raw edges (this will help if you use a ruffle foot from the strip opening while you are making the ruffle).
Set your ruffle foot to 6 (every 6 stitches makes a ruffle) and sew the ruffle using a scant ¼” seam allowance.
Baste ruffle to bunting triangle unit.
From the binding fabric cut 3 – 2 ½” x WOF strips (need approximately 95” strip). Stitch short ends together to make 1 long continuous strip. Press in half wrong sides together.
Sew binding to wrong side of bunting unit leaving about 9” of binding on each end. Press to front enclosing raw edges at each end of binding. Top stitch binding down to front from end to end.
Third is a cute “Ruffled Baby Quilt”. We love this quilt because it is so easy and you can use those wonderful Jelly Roll strips as they are already cut to size. We have this pattern available on our or . It’s only $5 and is a PDF download. We would like to offer this pattern as a free giveaway to 2 lucky winners. All you have to do is leave a comment and let us know that you are now following my blog. The winners will be picked at random on the last day of the “Think Ruffles” blog hop: March 14th 2014!