Chiffon ruffles can be used to brighten up all sorts of sewing projects, for instance around the edges of T-shirt necks or down the front openings of cardigans. Brighten up household soft furnishings with chiffon ruffles on scatter cushions, decorative pillows or light, sheer window treatments. Choose contrasting colours of chiffon to add drama to a project, or match the colour of the project for a coordinating look.
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Things you need
- Tape measure
- Sewing machine
Cut two lengths of chiffon that measure four times the length of the desired finished ruffle, and about 3 inches wide for a neck ruffle. You can make the ruffle as wide as you like depending on the desired finished result. The two lengths can be either the same colour chiffon or choose two different matching colours.
Tighten the tension on your sewing machine to higher than you would normally use. The adjustment needed depends on your particular sewing machine model. You may need to experiment a little. Adjust your stitch length to the longest possible setting.
Lay one strip of chiffon on top of the other and machine stitch the two strips together down the centre. The tight tension and the long stitch will automatically gather the chiffon into ruffles as you sew.
Tips and warnings
- Leave long threads of sewing cotton before you start to sew the two strips of chiffon together, and long threads when you finish, so you can adjust the length of the ruffle if you need to.
- To adjust the length of the ruffle and make it fit perfectly where you want it on your project, pull on the cotton threads to shorten the ruffle or ease the chiffon out along the threads to make it a little longer.
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