After adding the ruffles to the quilt I thought I would try some more. I think you can tell I am partial to the color yellow!
I wanted ruffles along the edge of my apron, so instead of buying some - choose your own colors and make your own. I wanted the ruffles to be the same color as my apron but wanted the binding to be a different color for some contrast. Remember, with the ruffler you can ruffle and sew on to and between pieces of base fabric.
To prepare, I cut my strip to be ruffled (the yellow) 4" wide. Then folded in half lengthwise and pressed.
I cut my "binding" strips 2" wide. You can adjust this according to the width of your finished binding.
Place one binding strip under the ruffle, the folded yellow strip in the ruffling part of your ruffler, and the second binding strip on top. Begin sewing. As you sew, the yellow will be ruffling, so just keep a gentle hold on the two blue pieces as they won't draw up as quickly as the yellow.
For full instructions of using your ruffler, I explain it all on pages 56 to 61 in my book, The Sewing Machine Attachment Handbook. You can also follow the directions which came with your ruffler or down load from my web site.
Next I pressed the binding (blue) away from the ruffle. You can topstitch at this point if you wish.
The next press will create the ruffled binding. Fold each raw edge to the inside and press. I do like to use spray starch for a nice crisp press.
It is now ready to use. You can also add any other type of lace, ribbon at the same time you sew onto the edge of your main garment (in this case my apron).