Determine how many ruffle layers you wish to make, and of which colors/prints. (The amount of fabric and what sizes/lengths to cut can be found on the optional ruffle cutting chart on page 3.) Draw a picture or lay out the panel(s) you will add ruffles to, situate the fabrics in layers until you find what will work best for you. You don't have to add ruffles at all. You can fill every panel with ruffles, or you can place ruffles on only one or two panels, spaced along the panel, or filling the panel -- its up to you!
I think I'll only add about 3 ruffles to two panels.
Let's iron our fabric. I am pressing the top and bottom layers of the ruffle pieces as directed in the Tutorial, using my iron to create and hold the hem in place until I sew.
To make ironing this very, very, long ruffle piece, I am folding the fabric as I go -- to give me more room on the ironing board. It really helps a lot!
When I get to the sewing machine or serger to start ruffling, I have a tidy pile to bring to the machine.
Let's gather the panels which will have ruffles, a straight ruler/edge, washout cloth pencil/pen.
Using the directions on page 8 of the Tutorial, mark horizontal lines for placement of the ruffles.
Page 9 of the Tutorial gives instructions on how to gather your ruffle pieces. There are several ways to gather fabric: sewing machine, serger, ruffler foot, are the ways I am aware of.
My husband gave me a ruffler foot for Valentine's Day a couple of years ago -- that's what I will be using.
After gathering for what may feel like forever : ), follow the instructions on Page 10 to sew your ruffles to the panel(s). If you are adding ruffles to the door panels, instructions for that are on Page 11.
I think I like this for my panels . . . . what do you think?
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