This nifty little tutorial from The Mother Huddle shows just how easy it is to add some flare to a plain old pair of jeans.
§ Your jeans
§ Thread to match the jeans
§ All your sewing stuff
Firstly, it would be easier to have four strips the same length, with the two bottom layers being about 50 mm wider. You would be able to skip a few steps of the tutorial. But tutorial creator Destri liked the fuller look you get when sewing two independent ruffles. If you decide to take the easy route pay attention to those steps in bold – they’ll tell you what you need to do.
For the easier method you’ll need two strips 101 x 1118mm long OR four strips 101 x 559mm.
If you’ve decided to tough it out you’ll want each strip long enough to give plenty of gather. You’ll need two strips measuring 64 x 1118mm, cut in half, to give four 559mm strips.
|Make a cut at the outside seam, about 20cm in and up about 64cm up. Adjust if you are making longer ruffles.|
|Now iron over the edges like shown.|
|Sew along the edge and add some reinforcing stitches right along the top.|
|Hem them up - turn them wrong side out and fold the bottom over a 6.5mm and press. Then fold over 13cm and press. Repeat on second pant leg.|
|Turn right side out and sew with a 16mm seam allowance. Tip: Using a slightly longer stitch length looks nice with denim.|
|Now we’ll move onto the ruffles. I had pinked edges so I just folded over a smidgen and pressed, like shown. You could do a double fold if you need to. Repeat on all four strips.|
|Using the same contrasting thread, sew up the bottom of the ruffle on all four strips.|
|Adjust the gathers on your ruffles to match the length of the strip.|
|Sew the bottom ruffle on first, to the bottom of the strip that has the selvedge or finished edge.|
|Then sew on the second ruffle so that it overlaps the bottom ruffle bout a half inch like shown.|
|Then finish the seam with a zigzag stitch or your serger.|
|With the right sides together, sew up the sides with a 6.5mm allowance. Make sure to line the ends of the ruffles up! Now you have a ruffle cuff… go ahead and make the other one.|
|At this point wind your bobbin with thread that matches the jeans and use the same thread on top.|
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