How to Make Ruffled Panties

Updated November 21, 2016

Ruffled panties are a flirty and feminine choice for a sexy undergarment. If you have only basic sewing skills, you can use a pre-made pair of panties to add your ruffled trim. But if you would prefer to create your panties on your own, it's a simple project with a sewing machine and a pattern. The same technique for adding ruffles to undergarments can be used to apply a girlie touch to a swimsuit in the summer.

Decide which material you want to use for your ruffled panties. Panties are traditionally made with cotton or satin. These are simple materials to work with for first-time sewers. For a more advanced project, you can use lace for your panties and your trim.

Choose a pair of panties to add ruffles to. If you're creating a pair of panties from scratch, trace out the shape of your favourite pair for your pattern with a pencil on a ¼ yard of fabric. Add an inch around each side of your pattern for seam allowances. Cut out your pattern pieces with scissors, and sew them together on a sewing machine. Trim off any excess material with scissors.

Pin your ruffled trim to the inside seam of your panties' leg holes and waist with straight pins. Pre-made ruffle trim should already have a hem that will give your panties a professional look. If you're making your own ruffled trim, fold your fabric over inch by inch as if you were pleating fabric. Sew your folds together along one side with a sewing machine. Create a hem by sewing your fabric over ¼ inch to hide your seams.

Sew your ruffled trim in place with a sewing machine, and cut away any excess with scissors. To minimise itchiness or nuisance caused by the ruffled trim, consider adding a cotton inner facing to the inside of your material to keep the seam away from your skin when wearing the panties.

Things You'll Need

  • 1/4 yard fabric
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Straight pins
  • Ruffled trim
  • Fabric strips for ruffling
  • Cotton inner facing
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