How to Make a Ruffled Collar

Updated July 19, 2017

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.


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

Things You'll Need

  • Basic cotton blouse without a collar
  • Cotton fabric
  • Needle and thread or sewing machine
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Fabianna Dardati began writing in 1988 for local school and city publications. Her blogs Petit Poix and the Spanish version, Petit Poix al Latino, provide information, links and resources to budding independent fashion designers. She received a Bachelor of Arts in French in 1988 from Hollins University.