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How To Make Ruffles Without Gathering

Anyway, I love shirts like this. Beautiful, cascading ruffles but there's no gathering involved. They are really easy to make!
First get some circles like plates, lids, bowls, anything.
Measure the length of where you're sewing it in like the neck or the center front. Then try to find a circle that's the same length or longer than your measurement. I needed 22 inches length. 
I drew that circle on the fabric.
Draw a bigger circle around the smaller circle.
 Cut the piece out. The inside circle will be sewn to something while the outside circle will need to be finished somehow.
When the circle is pulled out straight, the edge flares like this.
If you go back to this shirt, you can see how the edge of the collar flares and how the ruffles flare down the front of the shirt.
*Important things to keep in mind: The small the inner circle, the more flared the ruffle. The larger the inner circle, the less flared to ruffle.
I'll show you later what I made with my ruffles, and how I didn't make the inner circle small enough.
Hope this will give you some new ideas!


  1. Hey, thank you for this tutorial. I love ruffles, I am going to try this soon!
    And I am definitely following your blog!


  2. Woow! I luv ruffles but I always wondered how to sew them and this looks like the easiest way! Thank u, Thank u ....

    - HD

  3. Awesome instructions! I don't know how you figure these things out, you're a genius!!

    When I'm hitting the Pinterest button, it's not transferring the picture. Then I get an error message???
    Any suggestions?

    Thanks so much for all the work you do to help us learn what you are teaching! Mary

    1. Pinterest recently changed their "pin it" button, you have to re-download it. This happened to me too!

  4. Thanks so much for this HELPFUL post! I had been racking my brain trying to figure out how to make this type of ruffle, which I can see is cut on the bias and isn't gathered, but beyond that I was helpless. This is super-clear, now I can finish my shirt! :)

  5. Oo, I think I erased my comment. I was just saying thanks so much for this! I couldn't figure out how to make these "flat" ruffles to save my life. You explained it so well and thanks for the visual aids. :)

  6. how did you make the ruffle go down the front?

    1. There's a center front seam on the shirt. I sewed the ruffle into the front seam.


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