Get’n Frilly – a Ruffle Tutorial

Get’n Frilly – a Ruffle Tutorial
Disclaimer: I have pondered and tried other ways to make the ever popular ruffle but this is what I have decided works for me.  I looked at a ruffle foot once ….once.  If you like gadgets and must have perfect evenly spaced ruffles then do it.  Otherwise this technique works great for me and now I have a post to refer to in other tuts!
The fabric I am using looks a little ratty.  If this were more than just a visual aid I would have finished the edges but good enough, right?   Thread the machine with a bright easy to see contrasting thread and set the stitch length for the largest your machine will do.  
The largest my machine will do is 5.0 mm
 Sew the length of the strip, ¼ inch allowance, no back stitching or tread lock with plenty of extra thread hanging off the edges.  This is called a basting stitch.  Sew a second time, parallel to the first about a ¼ inch away.   
Shown here with two rows of basting stitches
 Now comes the fun part, on one side grab two threads.  It really doesn’t matter if they are the bobbin thread or the spool thread as long as they are on the same side of the fabric(ie either both bobbin threads, or both spool threads), I choose the bobbin threads . 
hold the bobbin thread in your right hand
 Hold them firmly in your right hand and the fabric in the left, now gently pull the fabric.  Think opening the curtains.  (my right hand was taking the picture below so imagine it off to the right)
thread in the right, fabric in the left
 Tada ruffles.  Gently tug and pull at the fabric to space the ruffles how you like.  All done!  Now go get frilly! 
completed ruffle

What I learned at Disney

Well its true Disney World really is the happiest place on earth.  I went, I saw, I conquered lots of pavement and had a blast doing it.  Little did I know that the trip was going to turn into and educational experience.  With that I give you the list of things I learned in Disney. 
I am still capable of squealing like a five year old when Cinderella waves at me.
“Its boring but it has AC”, is the last thing you utter when walking into the bear jamboree. 
Expect to be humming the carousel of tomorrow’s theme song for many days to come.
Multiple trips through pirates of the Caribbean is a great way to spend a rainy afternoon.
After several hours of the Florida sun, Spanish on the monorail announcement is funny.
Strollers make un predictable sudden stops, however if you have to get behind someone pushing a stroller make sure its a man.  Dads stop for nothing, they just keep pushing the stroller.
Watch for the grumpy lady on the hover round. 
If they look like they smell bad, they probably do. 

Call me Orwell??

Today I considered writing a satirical look at the issues in our modern society, using raccoons to illustrate my views.  They mooch, take things that were never intended for them in the first place, scream in the dead of night when the porch light comes on, breed uncontrollably if not stopped, wont respond to a polite “shoo go away you don’t belong here”, and when they finally do go they pee on the my stuff….like I said I thought about it.

Mothers Day Tutorial Round up

Whats better to give for mothers day than a little handmade gift, and you still have time to DIY. All of these projects are relatively quick and are sure to be cherished. My mother personally requested handmade kitchen towels but I might slip in a few extra goodies.  These are just a few favorites, for a more extensive list and a few Esty items to be had (for the not crafty) check out my board on pinterest (link below).

1. The Reversible Bag tutorial from Very Purple Person’s blog.  Why I love it…the techniques are simple, its versatile.  Why I choose it….great pictures making it easy to follow.

2.  Bird Nest Necklace tutorial from Sarah Ortega’s blog.  Why I love it…trendy.  Why I choose it….you can use beads that reflect your family’s birthstones. 

3.  Silk Scarf tutorial from Yummy Goods’s blog.  Why I love it….. silk silk silk.  Why I choose it…..there is a sentimental quality to a handmade scarf.

4.  Felt Flower Brooch from Designs By Night blog.  Why I love it ……. new twist on a classic.  Why I choose it… sewing machine, get your glue gun and get empowered.

5.  Herb Filled Sachet from Checkout Girl’s blog.  Why I love it……the neutral background with the bright embellishment.  Why I choose it…….another gift that’s easy to personalize.

If you are still searching or just craft giddy, I am constantly adding to the mothers day gift board, mostly cause I like to make fun stuff for the mothers in my life.  You can find more here.  Happy gifting/crafting/feeling inspired.

Disclaimer:  If you feel that I have shared your tutorial with false pretenses please send me a message and I will be happy to remove you from the round up.