Posts Tagged ‘ruffles’

What’s up sewers and fabric hoarders!

I thought I’d pass along two dresses… both can be made to order… as usual, the first one is made in a size 6/8 so those are ready to ship!

Team Spirit dress in Lark by Amy Butler. Oh how I love this fabric… obviously, right!

Team Spirit dress in Lark by Amy Butler. Oh how I love this fabric… obviously, right!

Made to Order: Size 2-28

Ready to ship: Size Small (4/6…maybe even 8 if you’re small busted)

$68…. (Etsy price: $78)


Pantone's color of the year is pale purple. But let's be honest…I hate that color! This is my favorite print so far with any sort of purple in it. Just sayin'.

Pantone’s color of the year is pale purple. But let’s be honest…I hate that color! This is my favorite print so far with any sort of purple in it. Just sayin’.

Made to Order: any size!

Ready to Ship: size small (6/8)

$40 … (Etsy price: $55)

Just in case you’ve got a little Easter shopping to do!

Stay tuned…I’ve got a new tutorial coming ASAP!

love and fabric to all,



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I have had this project logged in my brain for about 2 months now.  I was “visiting” an Anthropologie store back in July during a huge sale.  Of course, very few things were yet in my price range, but I really enjoyed browsing around.  One of the things I saw on the sale rack was a huge scarf.  It was on clearance for about $50 – and it was 110 degrees outside.  Even if I had the bucks, there was no way I was walking out of there with a SCARF!

I didn’t take a picture, but I remember that all it was was one very long row of very lightweight fabric with ruffled sides.

Here is what I made as my version of what I remember.  (Admittedly, mine is quite a bit bigger – but such is life in Texas!)

Confession 1: This is not your average scarf. Confession 2: This is NOT a scarf for wallflowers!

If you like this little ditty …. read on….here’s how I made it for $5!!!

Start with 2.5 yards of lightweight fabric. Since I live in TX, I chose cotton because wearing scarves is more like playing house here than it is for keeping warm!

Cut 2 identical strips the entire 2.5 yard length of the fabric. I think my strips aer about 5" wide .. but make them however wide or narrow that you want. It's YOUR scarf.

Then, cut 8 identical strips across the crossgrain. To determine length, figure out how long/big you want the ruffle. Double that measurement and add 1" - 1/2" seam allowance on both ends)

Now join those 8 strips into 2 long strips. Meaning, sew 4 strips together twice.

For each of these two long strips, fold wrong sides together and press.

Tuck in a small seam allowance at both ends of the two long strips. Press. Sew ends closed.

Sew a long gathering stitch at the bottom of the long strips. (meaning the side opposite the fold) Gather the ruffles, and pin along one side of the main strip. Be sure to start and end about 1" away from the edge as shown. (to make it easier to end up with a uniform ruffle, I marked the middle to both the main strip and the ruffle strip)

Sew the ruffle to the main strip with about a 1/2" seam allowance. Then, fold up the ruffle and pin the center.

Repeat ruffle, sew, roll steps on other side. You'll end up with this concoction!

Now you're ready to get this scarf rolling! Put your second main strip on top of the "concoction" right sides together.

Pin all the way down to hold the strips and the ruffles in place. Sew down each side using about a 5/8" seam.

Now, very carefully, begin turning right side out. Remember, there are a TON of pins inside that tube - if you pull too fast you'll either stick yourself or rip your fabric. I may or may not have done both!

Now press that little baby ... you're almost done .. you just need to do something with those two ends ...

So tuck them inside the tube..

Press and sew shut.

Press very well ... and you're done!

It's big - but I think it's awesome!

It's just sooooo soft and so confident! I'm seeing this with a beautiful gray cape for winter.

And this much wow factor at your neckline - don't even bother fixing your hair - pull it back and you're done!

So, yeah, like I said – this is not a scarf for the faint of heart.  This scarf is powerful.  It’s feminine. It is NOT discreet!  =)

Of course, you can use the same tutorial and make it quite a bit smaller.  But why!?!

Cost: $5~ I got the fabric on clearance at Hancocks for $2/yd.  I used 2.5 yards.

Time: the only bad part about this project is that it is not a quick piece.  Give yourself anywhere from 1 t0 2 hours.  But I don’t think you’ll regret it!  Invite some friends over and make them together!!!

Anthropologie’s version: about $50.  sort of plain.

Handmade version: $5 – NOT PLAIN.

Take that!

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Well, well, well…here I am following through on another promise…introducing you to a few of my sewing friends.  I have had the privilege the last four years of teaching lots of women how to sew.  Some of those women have become not just students but also friends.  Futhermore, lots of those women have become truly UH-mazing sewers … Erin Tyrrell is one of those women.

Here is Erin with her husband and two darling twin daughters ... of course, wearing lovely outfits she created!

I met Erin through another friend (the famous Tiffany).  I first got to know her more through church and sewing lessons.  Now, I simply adore her and all her sewing genius .. she’s a master of class and sophistication, and she has a great eye for pairing fabrics.

The thing that stands out most in my mind in terms of her sewing is her fabulous appliques.  She is WAAAAAY more meticulous than me, so her appliques are completed perfectly.  It’s always a total WOOHOO to see and receive one of her pieces.  We’re SOOOOO lucky that she’s agreed to give us a little taste of what she does so well… Applique Baby Onesies … and she even added a little surprise at the, er, um, “end.”  Read on … Meet Erin Tyrrell ….

i've been meaning to make a onesie for a friend having a baby girl this fall. this sweet baby girl will HAVE to love longhorn football so i decided to make a onesie she can wear in support of her team next fall. i found a vintage sheet at a local thrift store that was actually on sale for $2. that's a lot of fabric for $2. i thought it would be perfect to make dresses or decorate onesies. i prewashed the onesie and the fabric. you will need wonder under as well.

i've learned that it's best NOT to cut out your shape first. it's better to start with a piece of fabric and piece of wonder under just a tad smaller than your fabric. you will need to place the wonder under's textured side on the wrong side of your fabric.

then, you will place your iron on top for approximately 5-10 seconds.

for some shapes, this won't matter, but if your shape needs to face a certain direction, you need to pay attention. i drew the state of texas on my wonder under backwards, cut out the shape, and peeled off the wonder under paper. you will be able to see/feel the adhesive left over on the fabric that will help adhere it to your onesie.then, place the shape where you want it and iron it again for 5-10 seconds.you don't have to stitch your onesie, but i feel this helps it stay in place and adds to the charm of the project. you just have to be sure you don't stitch it to the other side of your onesie! there are several tricks... 1) go slow 2) use your manual knob often 3) when changing directions be sure your needle is in your fabric.

and here it is. i was underwhelmed and kept staring at it wondering why i didn't like it. i finally decided the thread was too dark for the fabric. yes, i used a seam ripper and took out the thread. i know, i'm a bit crazy.

Round 2 with yellow thread. much better. whew! but it was still missing something.


i decided to add a heart for the city of austin using scraps of fabric from other applique projects. it's worth it to save those scraps!

and what baby doesn't look cute with ruffles on the bum??? i cut out three strips of fabric approximately three inches in width, and the length is about twice the width of the onesie.

i folded the strips in half with the right side of the fabric facing each other and sewed a straight line down the side of each strip. then, i used a safety pin to turn the strips right side out. then, i ironed each strip with the seam down the middle of the back of the strip. i closed up the ends of each strip and sewed them closed.

my machine does not allow me to make ruffles easily so i use a thread and needle and do it by hand. i pinned each end of the ruffle to the side of the onesie and pulled the thread to make the ruffles the right length. then, i pinned it every so often to keep it in place. with all of my ruffles in place, i can sew them to the onesie.

i sew fast on this part- it's easier to go right over the pins this way! again, be sure not to sew your ruffles to the front of the onesie.

back of the onesie.

go make some! super easy and super fun!

What’s that I hear…. a STANDING OVATION???  YAY, YAY, Hollah, Hollah!

Thank you SO much Erin.  These are so so so darling – I love how easy you’ve made sewing on bum ruffles.  Those pattern companies really overthink it, huh!?!

Erin lives in Austin with her family.  She loves alot and sews alot.  She is also helping us form the Austin Craft Crowd.  She celebrates alot in life – one of them for sure is SEWING!  Thanks for playing with  me, Erin!

To close, here’s a photo of the onesie Erin made for my Rosamund…I am almost considering a similar tattoo!  Shhhh!

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Rosamund is now almost 4 weeks old and I am still working on her nursery!  I know, no surprise there, huh!?!

I have been looking around for a very large “R” for her room…but in addition to being almost impossible to find, the ones I have found are very expensive.  Furthermore, with a name like Rosamund, buying individual letters to spell her name would require a second mortgage!  So, what’s a girl to do???  Make something herself!!!

My first thought was to create something out of very thin wood, having the local Home Depot cut it out for me…but that was proving to be just too complicated.  So, here’s what I came up instead:

I covered an old artist's canvas with white denim fabric and attached a strip of ruffles in the shape of an R.

Here’s how I did it…if you’d like to know…

Start with a canvas the size you want. Mine is big! (and thank you for holding your laughter at the "artwork"...I'm sure it's all making sense now why I stick to fabric art!)

Gather your fabrics ... of course, I used scraps! Side note: I was hoping to make the ruffle out of several layers of different fabrics but I didn't have enough scraps in my color scheme. So, I resorted to using all the same fabric. If you get to do lots of different fabrics, please send me a picture!)

Cut out strips of varying widths - make them very long... I didn't measure, but I knew I needed enough to ruffle up and have enough to make the letter. I went with just two widths, but again, if you're using lots of fabrics, you'll have lots of widths.

Layer your strips - widest on bottom and narrowest on top.

Then sew a basting stitch (the longest stitch your machine allows) all the way down the center of the strip. It's hard to see it here since I used white thread, but if you squint and put your eyes right on your screen you can see it!

Now turn your strip into a ruffled strip. (Pull either the top thread or the bottom thread while you push down the fabric)

Take out your background fabric (making sure it's large enough to cover the canvas + a few extra inches all the way around) - Press the fabric as much as possible! Since I used denim, it took me a bit!

Now you'll begin forming your monogram - you can see the beginning of my R here.

And here I finished laying out my letter - at this point, it's loose so I can keep changing it as necessary until I get it exactly like I want it.

Now you can pin it all the way around - be very careful as you pin because the ruffle wants to move around on you! sneaky little devil!

Once it's all pinned, head to your machine and sew it to the background fabric. oooh, exciting!

Since my canvas had some dark "artwork" on it, I needed to be sure it didn't show through when I put the background fabric on, so I decided to put a layer of batting between the canvas and the fabric. If your canvas is blank, you can opt out of this step if you want. I do like the extra fluff it gives the final piece, so I'd suggest going ahead with it anyway.

cut out your batting so that it's larger and wider than your canvas because you'll be wrapping it around.

Pull your batting around to the back of the canvas and begin stapling it. I used a nice heavy duty staple gun but a regular stapler will work too.

The back looks like this when you're finished with the batting.

Now you're ready to do the same thing with your background fabric. Only this time, you'll want to be sure to pull the fabric tight at you staple. To keep the fabric evenly distributed, I stapled the top first, then the bottom - pulling very tight as I stapled. Then I stapled the sides.

Here is a creepy shot of a creepy hand pulling the fabric tight as it staples. Hmmm, it's a little bit gross looking, huh!

When you're all finished stapling, the back should look something like this.

Trim away some the excess fabric all the way around, and then tuck your corners and staple.

Turn it around, and hug yourself! I still have a few wrinkles in mine...but taking your hand over them and rubbing them out works wonderfully.

Truthfully, I meant to stop here.  Just a nice big R on a big white canvas.  However, I wasn’t super pleased and felt a little anti-climactic after hugging myself…what was missing???

Light Bulb Moment! Strangely, I had left a random butterfly on Rosamund's wall... a remnant from when the room was Ellie's. And, since Rosamund's room is themed with butterflies, birds and owls - it would be perfect!

Since there was plenty of batting underneath the fabric, I was able to attach the butterfly with a simple thumb tack. Feel free to sew it on if you need to. I always take the path of least resistance!

Here you see it prominently on display above what will become her changing table - a craigslisted sewing desk! That's Ellie's cute little head!

So there you have it – a potentially FREE monogrammed piece of art – with RUFFLES too!!!  The motto in my clothing shop is “You’re never fully dressed without a ruffle,” so I love that Rosamund’s room is finally well dressed!

And now for the breakdown…

Time: hmmm.  This is a guess because I wasn’t able to do it at one sitting…I think in total it took about 30-45 minutes.

cost: for me it was FREE because I had everything on hand, including the canvas.  If you have to purchase the supplies, it should run you less than $15!

Alrighty, that’s if for today … coming up in a day or two – a Reverse Applique Tutorial!

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