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How to Make Ruffles on a Garment
Ruffles on a garment are usually gathered or pleated. They are used as a trim on many garments in places like a hem, a neckline, a collar, a pocket, the hem of a sleeve, and more. They can have a single layer or several layers cascading. Sometime ruffles can be seen on a garment in a contrasting fabric color or print making the garment very interesting and stylish.

Here is a general guideline to follow when making the ruffle. It is important to allow sufficient fullness for gathering or pleating the ruffle. Measure the length of the edge where you want to add the ruffle. This is just a general guideline that you can adjust if you need more or less gathering for the appropriate ruffle you'd like to achieve.

Stiff Fabrics (like cotton or wool) 1 1/2 times the length of the edge
Medium Fabrics (like nylon or lace) 2 times the length of the edge
Very Thin Fabric (like chiffon) 2 1/2 times the length of the edge

There are several different ways of making and attaching ruffles. Here are some methods on adding ruffles to different garments.

How to make a single layer ruffle with a hem: How to attach a ruffle to a hem:
How to make a double thickness, self hemmed ruffle: How to attach a ruffle sandwiched in-between two fabrics:






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