Thursday, April 28, 2011

"R" is for Ruffles

Ruffled pouches.

 Perfect for Mom, for the pool or beach, anywhere to keep all those small important things contained:

I was inspired by Maggie's post here at Midwestern Sewing Girl.
She gives a great tutorial on how to make a ruffled clutch.

I loved Maggie's idea because it doesn't involve a zipper!
Who wants to sew in a zipper?

I used leftover pieces of drop cloth here, the finished size is about 8"l x 7"h.

Here's how I made the pouches:

1. Cut fabric: 2 pieces for exterior, 2 interfacing, 2 lining - all same size (mine are about 9" x 8")
ruffle piece: 2 x your length  by 1 1/2" wide (cut on bias)
velcro: equal to your length

2. Iron on interfacing to wrong side of exterior fabric, sew on ruffle about 1/3 from bottom edge:

3. Sew velco onto right side of lining pieces:

4. Sew lining pieces (right sides together) on sides and bottom edge leaving about 4" open on bottom edge:

5. Sew exterior pieces (right sides together) on sides and bottom edge:

6. Snip corner seams to get nice points.
7. Turn exterior piece right side out and place into lining, line up side seams and pin around top edge:

8. Sew all around top edge.
9. Pull exterior piece out through open hole in bottom edge of lining piece:

10. Sew bottom edge of lining shut.
11. Ease lining into pouch, pressing top edge seam smooth.
12. Sew around top edge for finished look.

Thanks Maggie for a great idea.

Over our Easter vacation I was able to make a few:

I raided my mom's fabric stash and borrowed her machine to make these:

I used bias tape (ironed flat) to make the ruffle.

A quick, easy and very useful sewing project.

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  1. Wow, you've been busy! Those look great!!

  2. So cute! Using bias tape was brilliant! No cutting strips or hemming.

  3. L.O.V.E. these. I just made a whole bunch of reusable snack bags to give out as favor bags at my daughter's party using coated food safe nylon as the lining and basically this same method. So easy and practical and fun!

  4. These are so cute! Love them!! I am visiting from TT&J and new follower!!!
    p.s. I am having a giveaway this weekend, you should come check it out!

  5. So cute! Love the gray ones w/patterned ruffle.

  6. These are really sweet. I love the fabric combinations, especially the linen. Gorgeous!

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  8. oops sorry about that

    love these and LOVE the NO zipper feature.

    Great idea
    embellishments by tina

  9. I saw this tutorial and I am going to give it a whirl too, I love the idea of using bias tape for the ruffles, they are so cute and you are right the tutorial was wonderful. Great job, fun and cute! Visiting from Trans Thurday


  10. Well done! Not only are they cute, but you combined colors well.

  11. Must be true...great minds MUST think alike. We have almost the same tutorial! I love the addition of the ruffle. Cute!
    Come check my eco friendly bags out at

  12. Very cute and I love how you used velcro... I hate putting in zippers!


  13. These are precious. They'd make cute favors for a little girl party too. I'm loving the velcro instead of a zipper. Thanks for linking!

  14. Love these pouches! I'm working on a bias ruffle post and would love to use one of your pics and link it back to this tute! I'm new to blogging, so let me know if this isn't ok.
    Rikka J.
    Ricochet and Away!

  15. I finally did make a post about bias ruffles and linked to this sweet tute! You can find it at