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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

.:Tutorial Tuesday–Ruffle Shorts:.

I shared these ruffle shorts on Nap Time Crafters last week, so in case you missed them, here they are!


I saw that rainbow-y plaid fabric and Hobby Lobby, and it basically said, “Buy me, I must come home with you!”

So I did. And it did.

Here what you need:

- fabric
- buttons (optional)
- sewing machine/accessories
- elastic thread
- fabric marker
- pair of shorts to use for pattern, or other shorts/pants pattern you can alter


I started off by taking a pair of my daughter’s shorts and measuring the length on them.


Then I cut two pieces of fabric – I added 2.5 inches to the length to account for my hem and waistband. I measured my daughter’s waist across the front, and cut the width of the fabric about 1.5 times my measurement. You could also use a shorts pattern you have already, or a pants pattern you already have and shorten the length.


If you have a pattern, you’ll have pattern pieces for this part. Take your shorts, and fold them in half. You can see how when folded, the shorts don’t stay perfectly straight. Line the shorts up on each of your pieces of fabric, with the fabric folded and the shorts lined up as shown against the raw edges.


Cut along your shorts lines.


Hem up the bottom of each of your pieces of fabric.


Now it’s time to shir! Don’t be scared if you’ve never shirred before. You need to hand wind your elastic thread in your bobbin. Don’t do it too tightly! Leave your regular thread up top. Set your sewing machine to your longest stitch length. Sew along the length of your hem, back stitching at the front and back. I did two rows. If it doesn’t start to shrink up on your own, you can hold a steaming iron over it and watch it magically shrink up. It’s very satisfying.


Set your two pieces aside. It’s time to cut some fabric for your ruffles. I wanted my ruffles to be about six inches long (this is for size 4t). So I cut the ruffles twelve inches long. My width was about four inches. You can really make these as big or small as you want!


Hem up the bottom of each ruffle. I also zig zagged the top edge and side edges, though you could hem these up as well if you want that look.


Take out one of your shorts pieces, and figure out how far down you want your ruffle to be. Remember, you’re going to be folding down the top for your waistband, so take that into account. I measured down about three inches for mine. I folded the piece in half, marked the middle, and then used my fabric marker to draw a six inch line. You can kind of see it – it’s purple, but tricky to see with this fabric!


Run a gathering stitch along the top edge of your ruffle. Pull the bottom thread gently to gather your ruffle. Pin it in place where your line is drawn.


Sew your ruffle to your short piece.


Repeat with the other piece and ruffle.

Take each piece and match up the bottom hem. Sew together the small part up to where the pieces are going to meet. Finish the edge. Do this for both pieces.


Turn one piece right side out, and place it inside the other piece with the right sides together. Pin around where you will sew them together.


Sew around and finish the edge.

I’m not really sure why, but I didn’t take pictures of this next part!

Turn your shorts inside out, zig zag along the top, then sew a casing for your waistband, leaving a two inch opening.. The size of this will depend on the size of your elastic.

Measure your little cutie’s waist, and cut a piece of elastic that length. Use a safety pin to guide it through your casing. Sew up your opening.


Cute, but not quite finished! Grab some buttons and hand stitch them on.


Better, right?


And absolutely adorable!


Put them on your little lady, and head outside for some modeling and bubble blowing.


Stinking cute, isn’t she?


I just love ruffley, girly things!


They would be super cute in just plain jean or khaki as well!


Perfect for all of the fun activities that come with warmer weather!




And nice and comfy for running around!


Are you going to make some? I'd love to see pictures!

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  1. really cute! both the shorts and the beautiful little lady.

  2. How cute are those shorts! She looks adorable!

  3. They are so cute. So is she, she looks adorable in them. Thanks for sharing.

  4. So cute! I wish I could sew! :)

  5. These are adorable! I see a pair in my granddaughter's future!

  6. These are so cute!!! my daughter would love these!!!

  7. adorable summer, really great little project that could seriously help an little girls summer wardbrobe be amazing! thanks so much for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!


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