Project Embellishment Idea

April 11, 2013 in Tips & Tricks

Totally Stitchin': How to Add a Ruffled Ribbon Embellishment

Embellish your serged blanket (or any project) using a Ruffling Foot on your sewing machine! It’s easy to add a ruffled ribbon to your project for a unique touch, so read on to see how to accomplish this.

Totally Stitchin': How to Add a Ruffled Ribbon Embellishment

 This can be applied using the Ruffling Foot, but can be applied with a sewing machine gathered piece of ribbon as well (or purchased pre-gathered ribbon). See above picture (I ruffled and simultaneously sewed 2 rows of fabric ribbon to a receiving blanket for an added girly touch)! So, to begin, you’ll want to use a fabric marking utensil and ruler to mark your lines (if you are using the ruffling foot, this line is not the center of your ribbon, but, the left side of your ribbon to help with lining up). Cut your ribbon double or more than the length of each line.

Totally Stitchin': How to Add a Ruffled Ribbon Embellishment

I lined my drawn line up to the left of the Ruffling Foot (sorry, you can barely see the drawn line I’m pointing to in the picture below, but, how far to the left will be determined by the width of your ribbon to be stitched and where your needle will hit the center of the ribbon). Fabric will be placed completely underneath the foot. My foot is set at a ruffle per stitch with a pretty low depth like 1 or 2 to allow for a gathered look (tip: you might practice a little bit before stitching to your actual project).

Totally Stitchin': How to Add a Ruffled Ribbon Embellishment

Next, line up your ribbon-to-be-gathered with your drawn line leaving a 2″ tail at the beginning. Your ribbon will be placed within the correct area of the foot (if you need help on placing the piece-to-be-gathered, check out this video)! And, you’re ready to sew  (starting about an inch in from the blanket edge) allowing the foot to ruffle your ribbon while stitching it down at the same time! Leave about an inch unsewn at either end, but about a 2″ tail of fabric at either end!

Totally Stitchin': How to Add a Ruffled Ribbon Embellishment

Roll your ends in (you may need to trim them down if they are too bulky).

Totally Stitchin': How to Add a Ruffled Ribbon Embellishment

I used a different color thread so you could see what I did. Stitch your ends down, making sure to reinforce stitch over the ends of your ruffle stitch to secure using the same color thread.

Totally Stitchin': How to Add a Ruffled Ribbon Embellishment

And, you have added a cute little ruffle to your receiving blanket (or burp cloth, or bib, or dress…the ideas are endless)!

Totally Stitchin': How to Add a Ruffled Ribbon Embellishment

Totally Stitchin': How to Add a Ruffled Ribbon Embellishment

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