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Thread: Adding a ruffle

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    So I was thinking about adding a ruffle to a quilt. I was wondering how I would go about doing this? I found a couple different, vague tutorials that I didn't like. I saw a lot of sew right sides together with the ruffle on the inside. Then turn right side out. But if you do it that way you can't have batting in the quilt. So does anyone know an easy way to do this? No I do not have a serger (also saw that was the preffered way). Thanks for the tips and advice

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    You can have batting using that method, you sandwich them all together along with the ruffle, stitch around the sides leaving a spot unsewn to turn it out. Then hand or machine stitch the opening closed.

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    These directions seem o.k. if you don't use too thick of a batting. With this method, you are not turning the whole quilt inside out. Your just working with the outside edges.

    Quilt your layers together, but leave the outer 1" edge of your quilt free from any quilting.
    - Trim all layers even with quilt top.
    - Fold only your quilt top right-sides together towards the center of quilt and pin.
    - With right sides together, sew ruffle on top of quilt back and batting.
    - Iron ruffle up away from backing and press seam allowance down towards inside of quilt.
    - Remove pins from your quilt top and unfold. Now fold the quilt top under 1/4" all the way around to hide raw edge. Press.
    - Top stitch all around the quilt sewing through all layers. You could use a decorative stitch here to add more detail.
    Hope this helps. Good luck!

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    I was surprised to see your question....because I have been thinking about the same thing!!! LOL I have considered using a wide eyelet lace that is pregathered and tacking it to the binding on the backside on a quilt that is already finished. I am also working on a Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt that needs to be a bit larger than I can make it --- running short on material and patience with this one. Trying to figure out a way to expand it and thought eyelet lace might be a solution for me. Can't wait to hear other suggestions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by donnajean
    These directions seem o.k. if you don't use too thick of a batting.

    Quilt your layers together, but leave the outer 1" edge of your quilt free from any quilting.
    - Trim all layers even with quilt top.
    - Fold only your quilt top right-sides together towards the center of quilt and pin.
    - With right sides together, sew ruffle on top of quilt back and batting.
    - Iron ruffle up away from backing and press seam allowance down towards inside of quilt.
    - Remove pins from your quilt top and unfold. Now fold the quilt top under 1/4" all the way around to hide raw edge. Press.
    - Top stitch all around the quilt sewing through all layers. You could use a decorative stitch here to add more detail.
    Hope this helps. Good luck!

    OK... I was REALLY confused when I read this the first time....

    You mean to say:

    -Quilt the quilt except for 1" around the edges (check)
    - Fold the 1" of the quilt top (only) over on itself and pin.
    - put the ruffle and the outside of the quilt back together and stitch around the edge.

    I was trying to visualize turning a quilted top inside out and my brain exploded. :)

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    I no longer gather the ruffle with the 2 rows of stitching like I learned way back as a teenager. I use dental floss & stitch a zig-zag stitch over it. Dental floss won't break like pulling on the bobbin stitches of rows of thread. Before pulling the floss to gather, I put pins to mark off the 4 sides of the quilt, so that I get equal gathering on each side of the quilt.

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    Perle Cotton or small crochet thread works well also, like the dental floss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by donnajean
    I no longer gather the ruffle with the 2 rows of stitching like I learned way back as a teenager. I use dental floss & stitch a zig-zag stitch over it. Dental floss won't break like pulling on the bobbin stitches of rows of thread. Before pulling the floss to gather, I put pins to mark off the 4 sides of the quilt, so that I get equal gathering on each side of the quilt.
    Ok so I have never made a ruffle. From what I was reading they kept folding it under and sewing. What is this pulling business? Very curious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bottle Blonde
    I was surprised to see your question....because I have been thinking about the same thing!!! LOL I have considered using a wide eyelet lace that is pregathered and tacking it to the binding on the backside on a quilt that is already finished. I am also working on a Grandmother's Flower Garden Quilt that needs to be a bit larger than I can make it --- running short on material and patience with this one. Trying to figure out a way to expand it and thought eyelet lace might be a solution for me. Can't wait to hear other suggestions.
    Yeah I was thinking about buying some lace like that too. But then I was kind of thinking a ruffle. I got stuck on how to get it to go together nicely though. Good Luck! hopefully we can get something figured out

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    Quote Originally Posted by LovinMySoldier
    Quote Originally Posted by donnajean
    I no longer gather the ruffle with the 2 rows of stitching like I learned way back as a teenager. I use dental floss & stitch a zig-zag stitch over it. Dental floss won't break like pulling on the bobbin stitches of rows of thread. Before pulling the floss to gather, I put pins to mark off the 4 sides of the quilt, so that I get equal gathering on each side of the quilt.
    Ok so I have never made a ruffle. From what I was reading they kept folding it under and sewing. What is this pulling business? Very curious.
    The way I (and others) were taught is similar to smocking, where you sew two lines in the fabric with a loose basting stitch on the machine, then pull the bobbin threads to gather the fabric. I learned this technique making set-in sleeves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    You can have batting using that method, you sandwich them all together along with the ruffle, stitch around the sides leaving a spot unsewn to turn it out. Then hand or machine stitch the opening closed.
    I was afraid that it would be too thick and too much of a mess if I tried to turn it. Or I would have to leave a huge hole to turn it out. Have you tried this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by donnajean
    These directions seem o.k. if you don't use too thick of a batting. With this method, you are not turning the whole quilt inside out. Your just working with the outside edges.

    Quilt your layers together, but leave the outer 1" edge of your quilt free from any quilting.
    - Trim all layers even with quilt top.
    - Fold only your quilt top right-sides together towards the center of quilt and pin.
    - With right sides together, sew ruffle on top of quilt back and batting.
    - Iron ruffle up away from backing and press seam allowance down towards inside of quilt.
    - Remove pins from your quilt top and unfold. Now fold the quilt top under 1/4" all the way around to hide raw edge. Press.
    - Top stitch all around the quilt sewing through all layers. You could use a decorative stitch here to add more detail.
    Hope this helps. Good luck!
    The best directions I have seen thus far. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LovinMySoldier
    Quote Originally Posted by donnajean
    I no longer gather the ruffle with the 2 rows of stitching like I learned way back as a teenager. I use dental floss & stitch a zig-zag stitch over it. Dental floss won't break like pulling on the bobbin stitches of rows of thread. Before pulling the floss to gather, I put pins to mark off the 4 sides of the quilt, so that I get equal gathering on each side of the quilt.
    Ok so I have never made a ruffle. From what I was reading they kept folding it under and sewing. What is this pulling business? Very curious.
    That is pleating, it makes a nice ruffle too. It will lay flatter and you don't have to worry about getting the ruffles even :wink:
    There is a ruffling foot you can buy, it makes the job go very quick and easy. It will pleat or ruffle :D:D:D

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    Quote Originally Posted by LovinMySoldier
    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    You can have batting using that method, you sandwich them all together along with the ruffle, stitch around the sides leaving a spot unsewn to turn it out. Then hand or machine stitch the opening closed.
    I was afraid that it would be too thick and too much of a mess if I tried to turn it. Or I would have to leave a huge hole to turn it out. Have you tried this?
    Eleanor Burns has shown this method on her tv show many times :D:D:D
    She uses a cotton batting :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Quote Originally Posted by LovinMySoldier
    Quote Originally Posted by donnajean
    I no longer gather the ruffle with the 2 rows of stitching like I learned way back as a teenager. I use dental floss & stitch a zig-zag stitch over it. Dental floss won't break like pulling on the bobbin stitches of rows of thread. Before pulling the floss to gather, I put pins to mark off the 4 sides of the quilt, so that I get equal gathering on each side of the quilt.
    Ok so I have never made a ruffle. From what I was reading they kept folding it under and sewing. What is this pulling business? Very curious.
    That is pleating, it makes a nice ruffle too. It will lay flatter and you don't have to worry about getting the ruffles even :wink:
    There is a ruffling foot you can buy, it makes the job go very quick and easy. It will pleat or ruffle :D:D:D
    Oh I see. Thank you thank you! So much I didn't know. I am still new to this :)

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    Mine is a generic that I got online for around $12 :D:D:D

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    For a quilt, I would made a 2 sided ruffle. Add the desired width ruffle you want & 1/2" seam allowance; then double that. Measure each side of quilt & then multiply that by at least 1.5 for fullness in ruffle. Cut as many strip as you need & seam the ends together in 1 long "loop". Fold in half lengthwise & press. Then place the dental floss along the cut edges of the strip & do a zig-zag stitch over it just inside the 1/2" seam allowance. When you have zig-zaged all around, devide the strip by 4 & place straight pins. Start pulling the dental floss to "gather" the ruffle. Attach the ruffle to quilt by pinning the 4 corners 1st & then pulling the dental floss until each side of ruffle is same as quilt top.


    Quote Originally Posted by LovinMySoldier
    Quote Originally Posted by donnajean
    I no longer gather the ruffle with the 2 rows of stitching like I learned way back as a teenager. I use dental floss & stitch a zig-zag stitch over it. Dental floss won't break like pulling on the bobbin stitches of rows of thread. Before pulling the floss to gather, I put pins to mark off the 4 sides of the quilt, so that I get equal gathering on each side of the quilt.
    Ok so I have never made a ruffle. From what I was reading they kept folding it under and sewing. What is this pulling business? Very curious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    Quote Originally Posted by LovinMySoldier
    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    You can have batting using that method, you sandwich them all together along with the ruffle, stitch around the sides leaving a spot unsewn to turn it out. Then hand or machine stitch the opening closed.
    I was afraid that it would be too thick and too much of a mess if I tried to turn it. Or I would have to leave a huge hole to turn it out. Have you tried this?
    Eleanor Burns has shown this method on her tv show many times :D:D:D
    She uses a cotton batting :wink:
    Her's is the method I use. I used it on DGD quilt and it worked great.

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    I'm going to try making a ruffle like this lady does - it sort of combines a ruffle and a standard binding. Plus it means that I can have my quilt quilted all the way to the edge without leaving that 1-1.5" section.

    http://blackbird-designs.blogspot.co...d-contest.html

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