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There seems to be a lot of interest in the ruffled duvet I made for my daughter’s room so I’m going to walk you through how I did it. It took about a week for me to finish it, but I only sewed a little each day.
I started by gathering my supplies.
Two white flat sheets
Fat quarters or fabric yards for ruffles
First, I dug out two white flat sheets that I never use and ironed them. Then I dug out fabric from my stock pile that I thought would match. I didn’t have enough I wanted to use, so I headed to Craft Warehouse and picked out some Moda fat quarters and fabric remnants. I love Moda designs. They have great modern lines. Here is my newest Moda crush:
Once I had my fabric, it was time to cut it. I made my ruffle strips 3 inches wide. That worked for me, but the width is entirely up to you.
Length is another thing altogether. It’s hard to know how long your strips should be because the ruffling process makes them so much shorter. I sewed some strips together end to end to make longer strips, others I left short. As you lay the ruffles on your sheet you’ll see how much more you need for each row. I ended up making multiple ruffles for each row and sewing their ends together just before pinning the ruffles on. I’ll explain this in better detail later.
Let’s start from the beginning.
Step 1: Cut strips for ruffling.
Step 2: Sew strips together if necessary to make longer strips. This step can take place now or after ruffling. Some strips will need to be lengthened, some won’t. I had to figure the length out by trial and error because ruffling shortens the strips considerably.
Step 3: Give strips a faux raw edge by sewing a zig zag stitch down each (long) side.
Step 4: Ruffle your strips. Use a straight stitch to sew directly down the center of each strip. I ruffled by pushing fabric through faster than the machine fed it, making wrinkles for the machine to sew over. I know there are other ways, but this was easiest for me and worked well. Don’t forget to backstitch at the beginning and end as you may not finish the edges.
Step 5: Lay your ruffles out on your ironed sheet, making the design look the way you want it. If you need longer strips, go back to step one through four and make a few more. Once they are ruffled, sew them onto the end of another, as shown in step two. If the strips are a bit long, just bunch them up a bit. They are already ruffled and wrinkled so you won’t even be able to tell.
I sewed my design on the sheet upside-down so the reinforced fold over that is usually at the top of a sheet was at the bottom of my duvet. I’ll use that part later to add buttons and button holes to complete the duvet envelope.
Step 6: Pin ruffles in place on sheet. Make sure not to pin it to the carpet, like I did.
**Imagine there is a picture here**
Step 7: Where ruffles meet the reinforced fold at the bottom of the duvet (sheet top), fold ruffles under and pin. Sew a straight stitch along this line to create a finished bottom edge. This step is optional, but I thought it helped make it look more complete. Ruffle ends on the side will be sewn into the seam as you make your duvet envelope.
Step 8: Sew strips on by sewing a straight stitch directly over the ruffling straight stitch (or as close as you can get). This does not need to be perfect – mine definitely is not. Backstitch at the beginning and end.
Step 9: Add any appliques you desire. I’m not going to go over that here. That’s another post entirely. Maybe later this week.
Step 10: Turn your sheets right sides together (like you did for the strips you sewed together) and pin together. Don’t worry about pinning the bottom. You won’t be sewing it.
Step 11: Sew the sides and top together, making sure to backstitch at the beginning and end. Add a closure if you like. I haven’t yet, but I plan on using buttons (I just haven’t found the right ones yet).
You now have a finished duvet! Stuff it with your favorite comforter and enjoy your ruffles!