Are you even possibly ready for the cuteness that is about to be rained down on you?!
The answer is no. You are not ready.
Grab an umbrella because today’s post is all about RUFFLES!
(I don’t get to say that word very much with two little boys in the house so you have to indulge me….plus, I kinda am in charge of this blog sooooo……RUFFLES! RUFFLES! RUFFLES!)
Seriously though, my goal was to make this way back before Haven happened and give it to Clara when the Petersiks came to visit…but then I got pregnant and tired and lazy and found myself breastfeeding with one arm while shoving Cheez-It’s into my mouth with the other while laying on the floor. You’re welcome for that visual. So without delay, I’d love to show you what I sent much later on…after the cheesy baked snack coma was over….
Ruffles are the reason I need a girl in my life. Ruffles and bows and headbands and furry boots and glitter undergarments. Will only lets me put those things on him once in a blue moon 🙂
So the way I did was like this….first I grabbed my phone (because that is where my coupons are found) and then I went to Hobby Lobby. They have an entire section of premade aprons for children for about $3 a piece. With your coupon, it comes out to be about $1.50.
Then pick out your fabric. I got all these remnants at a local fabric store that carries scraps from other bigger stores (like Joann’s and such) and sells them really cheap ($1-$3 a yard) so these little bits of different fabrics cost me maybe three more bucks.
I picked out different fabrics and various designs based on what I thought Clara would like. She’s definitely into pink so I went hard core with that one.
Then I cut the strips. They were about 4 1/2″ wide by the length of the fabric (mine was all 44″ long).
Then came the tedious task of ironing. I hate ironing but it really does help with little sewing projects. Iron both sides and then press down your seams like below so that you can hem the edges of each ruffle.
After you hem all your ruffles (around the bottom, top and sides), it is time to attach the ruffles to the apron. Starting at the bottom, you want to line up your first pieces so that it covers the bottom part of the apron completely.
Then plan accordingly. This helped me…to lay out the fabric for each layer so I wasn’t surprised later when the fabrics didn’t look good together or there was two pinks next to one another.
So if you are a professional sewer…get outta here. If you are like me and barely can sew a straight line, then this is how I do ruffles…get the piece of fabric lined up and ready at the correct location (pin if necessary).
Lay the piece of fabric flat on the machine (and sew about an inch and then backstitch).
Then jam the fabric under the foot and sew simultaneously. This will create the ruffles. I have tried doing it with long stitches and pulling one thread…but my thread always breaks or my fabric ruffles weird…so now I do the stitch and jam method. Continue pushing the fabric under the foot as you sew but make sure you have enough fabric at the end so all the ruffling isn’t at one end and not the other.
Repeat, repeat, repeat. Then time to sew on the ribbon. I just attached mine with a stitch on top and bottom and then did the sides with the ribbon folded around the back.
The ruffles KILL me. Like fifth degree manslaughter. DEAD.
Off it went and about a month ago when we went to visit our friends, I snapped this picture of her looking too hot to trot.
Are you dead yet? I can’t wait till the day comes where I add stuff like this to every single piece of clothing. I even contemplated dressing Weston up in ruffles and bows one day (he wouldn’t know, right?!) just so that I can pretend…then I remembered that Jeremy might kill me. Oh well, I’d already be dead from the cuteness 🙂