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How do you create the ruffle on the Fresh Cut quilt?
Last Updated: 08/11/2011
Ruffled edges on quilts can be a little tricky, especially if you are new to sewing. But fear not! We've compiled some tips and tricks to help you tackle this frilly beast and leave you feeling like a pro. :)

The instructions below describe how to add a ruffle to the quilt binding using inverted box pleats at each corner. The ruffle is sewn to the top of the quilt, with a narrow binding strip on top of that. Then, when the ruffle is pressed outward, the narrow binding gets stitched to the back of the quilt to conceal the seam allowances. This is an advanced technique. Alternatively, you can simplify the process by rounding the corners of your quilt before attaching a ruffled edge, thereby avoiding bulkiness in the corners.

Your ruffle strips, when sewn together should be 1.5 to 2 times longer than the edge you're affixing the ruffle to. So, if your quilt is around 200 inches all the way around, you'll want your ruffle fabric strips to be 300-400 inches around when the strips are sewn side-to-side.

  • Make your ruffle and binding to the dimensions of your choosing.
  • With right-side of ruffle to right-side of quilt, adjust gathers and baste.
  • With quilt binding and ruffle right-sides-together, sew binding to quilt edge, piecing binding and clipping at corners to pivot.
  • Lay ruffle out, fold binding over seam and stitch along folded edge by hand or machine, mitering binding at corners.
Good luck with your project! And, as always, if you have any questions please email [email protected]. We will be glad to assist you.

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