Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Ready, Set, Sew Ruffle!

Video Assembly on YouTube/CookieSews
Make your new born a fashionista in a collection of ruffled onesies. Add a pair of ruffled socks and you will hear the instant ooh and ah sounds of others admiring your creativity.

The supply list is simple:

  • Sewing Machine
  • Narrow Roll Hem Foot
  • A Ruffler or Gathering Foot (depends on the weight of the fabric to be ruffled.  Gathering foot for lighter weight fabrics)
  • Onesie
  • Wash away marking pen
  • Clear Ruler
  • Matching Sewing Thread
  • 2 strips of cotton fabric 60" in length x 3-1/2" in width
  • Scissor
  • Straight pins are optional

If you need help with using the Narrow Roll Hemmer, Gathering or Ruffler Foot go to the "Meet Your Feet" section of my YouTube/CookieSews channel where you can watch a step by step on these feet.

Steps for this ruffled onesie are simple!  And there is a video at the end of this post showing you the assembly. Mark the onesie using a ruler and wash away marker at the waist (front and back) and  draw another line 1-1/2" below the waist (front and back)

Take the two strips of  60"x3-1/2" and use the narrow roll hemmer to finish the strips on both sides of the length for each strip.  Having finished off edges along the ruffles will add to the durability of repeated washings!  As cute as babies are, they do get messy!  There will be fabric left over from this project as these strips are sized for newborn, 3-6 mos. , and 9-12mos. sizes.  Consider piecing stash fabrics to form interesting strips, as well.

Ruffle the strips along one side of the length. Tip: test your fabric to see if it will ruffle well with the Gathering foot or do you need to use the Ruffler foot.

Stitch the first ruffle on the marked line that is below the waist using a zig zag stitch.  Stretch the onesie during the sewing process. This will provide more give in the fabric for baby fluff.  Use the center back as the starting point, and tuck the starting edge under to encase the raw edge  by hand rolling it and giving it a finger press.  No need to stitch that hand rolled edge yet.  Stitch the ruffle all the way around and when you get to that starting edge, trim the excess away leaving just enough to hand roll that raw edge under,  finger press it and stitch the beginning rolled edge to the ending roll edge.

Repeat the process, for the top ruffle but you will be sewing it from underneath the ruffle.  I like to add a top stitch again with a zigzag stitch on the top layer of the ruffle where it attached to the onesie so it always lies nicely after repeated washing.  You can do this same type of thing with a toddler T to be worn with leggings, truly adorable.

Watch this video and it will all be made clearer to you.  Subscribe to the channel for tips, projects and ideas as they are produced each week!

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