How to Make a Ruffled Collar

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How to Make a Ruffled Collar
Heidi Klum looks stunning in ruffles. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)

Former Victoria's Secret model Heidi Klum describes the fashion industry by saying "In fashion, one day you are in, the next day you are out." Ruffles as an element in clothing design have gone in and out of fashion throughout history -- from the wrists and necks of royalty and nobles in the Elizabethan period of the late 1500s to their censorship in American colonies by the Puritans which considered extreme adornment a sign of sinful pride. Creating a ruffled collar entails gathering a longer piece of fabric and sewing it to a shorter one.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Basic cotton blouse without a collar
  • Cotton fabric
  • Needle and thread or sewing machine

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  1. 1

    Cut a strip of fabric 1 1/4 inches wide and the same length as the base of the collar of the blouse.

    How to Make a Ruffled Collar
    Long ago in Europe, ruffles were reserved for the upper classes. (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images News/Getty Images)
  2. 2

    Cut another strip of fabric at least twice the length of the first one and at least 3 1/4 inches wide; this will be the collar. This fabric piece can be longer and wider the suggested measurement, if desired. The longer it is, the frillier the ruffle will be.

    How to Make a Ruffled Collar
    The ruff, precursor to today's ruffles, was a curious accessory worn by both sexes during the Renaissance. ( Images)
  3. 3

    Fold the collar strip of fabric in half lengthwise, right sides together. Sew along the two short ends. Clip excess fabric at the corners of the fold without cutting into the seam. This will permit the corners to lay flat when you turn the collar inside out.

    How to Make a Ruffled Collar
    Ruffles are still used by royalty, but not exclusively anymore. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)
  4. 4

    Turn the collar inside out now to ensure that the seams are hidden. Baste along the bottom of the collar piece by hand, or if using a sewing machine set the stitch length to the longest setting. Pull the two ends of the basted threads so the collar gathers. Once it is the same length as the second strip of fabric, stop pulling.

    How to Make a Ruffled Collar
    Ruffles are not only reserved for collars. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images)
  5. 5

    Sandwich the basted end of the collar between the folded edges of the second piece of fabric, right sides facing outwards. Pin into place and topstitch removing the pins as you go. Zigzag stitch along any raw edges to make them neat. Sew the same end into the base of the collar of the blouse.

Tips and warnings

  • This process for making a ruffle collar can be used to add embellishment to any edges on your clothing or home linens.

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