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Give me your Ruffle Making tips please!

Give me your Ruffle Making tips please!

Old 05-10-2020, 01:53 AM
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I am thinking about putting a ruffle around a baby quilt. I have viewed a few tutorials on u-tube.

If you have put a ruffle around a quilt please share your tried and true tips or tutorials you have found helpful!

Many thanks!
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Old 05-10-2020, 03:25 AM
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My advice on a ruffle on a baby quilt is --don't. I remember one that was a gift when one of my babies was a baby. It was non-functional as far as warmth and was flipping around in the way of baby care. The only way a ruffle on a baby quilt is good is for decorative purposes. My opinion.
If you are really wanting to do this though, I'd advise making it not too wide, double and probably on the bias so it will hold its shape in laundry and be more durable than a single layer of fabric. If you have a ruffler for your machine, that will be a big help creating the piece and it will hold its shape while being attached to the body of the quilt.
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Old 05-10-2020, 03:49 AM
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I agree with no ruffle. On my daughter the ruffle edge grazed her eye and made for a trip to dr. Had to give the quilt to a friends cat bed.
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Old 05-10-2020, 04:18 AM
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I have only added them to pillows.

Here is one way to add interest to the quilt. You could use left over fabrics and make it scrappy too.


For our pillow class, we used the adjustable ruffle foot. Be sure to use the hand wheel first to check needle alignment before stitching. Most of the class members had issues with the foot alignment slipping that caused broken needles.

I finished my project at home. I zig-zagged over a long piece of heavy upholstery thread. Then pulled and gathered the cording to ruffle the fabric strip. Mark the ruffle fabric when it is flat so you know how much to ruffle. You can put a straight pin at the mark and then wrap the cord around to hold in place after you have the fabric gathered to size. Then go onto the next section of ruffle. The holding pins allow you to gather the next section of marked fabric into the right size.

The goal is to have the ruffle spaced evenly on the project. Good luck!
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Old 05-10-2020, 04:31 AM
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I haven’t put ruffles or prairie points on a quilt for years because it is more difficult to finish the quilt edge. I put the prairie points on but then had to hand stitch the backing to the points edge to finish.
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Old 05-10-2020, 08:16 AM
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I think making them with a ruffle foot is the best way really. But, I saw an episode of "Sewing with Nancy" that she used a string and zig zig method that I have used too. I think many of her shows are on her site, so maybe you could watch it? I am sure utube.com would have a demo you could watch. They have many sewing shorts that you could check out. Sorry I could not be of more help. But that gives you a starting point if you want to go searching a little to find a video.
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I put a ruffle on a baby quilt one time. I regretted doing that in short order. I did the ruffle by hand on the bias by folding over the fabric, pressing it so there was less movement. then using the logest stitch on my machine pulled one thread, the bottom thread, until I had the ruffle I wanted. I then sewed over with a regular stitch,
The ruffle can be problematic putting on the quilt but moreover it is problematic for parent and child.
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Old 05-10-2020, 08:51 AM
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Maybe you try prairie points.
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Old 05-10-2020, 09:56 AM
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I say go for it! I really like putting ruffles on quilts for babies and little ones. I use satin like fabric and the little girls just love the feel of that and they cuddle a little more with the quilt

I too recommend a ruffling foot. What i have had the most luck with it the birthing style to get the binding on the quilt. Once the I put the backing face up on the floor. Then i pin the ruffle on - facing in. Then I lat the quilt top face down and use the pins that I had in the ruffle to pin all of the layers together
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Old 05-10-2020, 10:05 AM
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If you decide to make the ruffle, here are some you tube videos you can watch for tips and tricks:

this one shows how to use a fuffler foot:
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