My first Ruffle – oohh la la

I wanted to lighten up our living room sofa table…so decided to make
a little creamy table runner.
This is my first attempt at sewing a ruffle – so I was a little scared.
Scared of….a ruffle…how crazy is that??
So took deep breath & went for it -
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These are very precise directions that you’ll have to follow directly in order to replicate --- not!
Although I think it turned out pretty darn cute…if I do say so myself.
Especially since I really had no idea what I was doing…
shhhhh…don’t tell anyone.
Here’s how I made it:
I cut a rectangle of cotton linen that I thought would fit my table – totally eyeballed it.
Brought it to the big scary sewing machine – wwoooooohahaha
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Hemmed the long sides
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Cut two strips of fabric about 1 1/2 times the length of the short sides of the runner (the ends)
Folded them in half the long way & pressed
decor, thrift 018Basted the open side with long stitches & pulled the threads to make the ruffle
Pinned the right sides of the runner & the ruffle together
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This next one is an important step in the creative process --
Yell at the sewing machine when thread gets stuck & wadded into a big messy ball (not quite the look I was going for) so just cut the mess off & proceeded – what’s the phrase?…
Keep Calm & Carry On!
ok sorry for that little diversion but remember I’m just putting this together as I go along (I don’t actually know what I’m doing! For all you real seamstresses out there – close your eyes!) --
Stitched the ruffle to the runner ends
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Yippeee!! I did it!
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I just adore it – every time I walk by – it just makes me smile & it met my intention of lightening up the room both in color & whimsy!!
Chat soon -
linking up to:

Cottage Instincts
Shabby Nest
Soft Place DIY Day
Today's Creative Blog
The Lettered Cottage


  1. I just love ruffles, and your's is adorable! Love the important step about yellowing at the machine!!! (gave me serious case of the giggles)

  2. Looks perfect!! you did a great job and you know me, I am sucker for a ruffle!! :)

  3. It looks great! I can relate to everything getting stuck.

  4. I'm jealous of your ruffler! I have to do mine by hand :)

    It looks wonderful, you did a wonderful job.

  5. Oh My! Your first ruffle is beautiful. Love how it looks (what type of fabric did you use?)

    Your a natural.

    I dream of owning a ruffling foot - wouldn't that be awsome?

  6. Well done! I will be sure to add that yelling step if I get to a sewing project. I usually just cry. Maybe yelling will help! :)

  7. I totally know how you feel about balls of thread! GRRR! Personally I am afraid of box pleats. But I love the way they look so I will tackling them when I make my new sofa slipcover. Great job & good tutorial!! :)

  8. You did a great job on this! Love it!!! Thanks for sharing and be sure to come visit! Happy Show and Tell Friday!!

  9. I love it. I actually got a sewing machine for Christmas and STILL haven't opened it because it is big and bad.

    haha.. I want to do a ruffle in my entry way bench and you might have just given me enough courage!

    Thanks for linking up!

  10. It turned out great!! Congrats

  11. You go girl! I don't think I could do it! Ruffles make everything so, so pretty!

  12. Oh, I love how it looks too!! I really like that step in the creative process.....*@##^%&^(*&.
    I have those all the time.

  13. It looks great on your table! I love the texture of the fabric. WTG - Hope you have a great weekend - Thanks for sharing!

  14. Gorgeous! Thanks for sharing!

  15. That looks great! I always yell when I sew, lol! I found you from Make it for Monday. I am your newest follower!!! I can't wait to see what you do next!


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