Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Ruffled Scarfs Made Easy

       My sister tells me I put ruffles and bows on everything...I deny that accusation...well slightly. I do tend to think most (OK, pretty much everything) things look better with a bit of a ruffle somewhere on it. As much as I like ruffles though, I don't really care for all the work it takes to make one...gathering fabric is slightly annoying to me for some reason. A super easy way to achieve a ruffle, without all the gathering nonsense, is to use elastic thread.

      Hand wind your bobbin with the elastic thread and sew straight lines. It will ruffle up as you go.

      I made these scarfs out of 12 inch wide strips of knit fabric.

     I made three lines, spaced about 3 inches apart, down them with the elastic thread.

       It gives you all sorts of ruffly goodness without any of that hand gathering work.

      I made a cowl neck variation out of, you guessed it, a circle. I sewed vertical and horizontal lines on this one.

       Elastic thread gives such a lovely texture to things.

       You can use any fabric you want, I just like knit because it is so soft.

      Enjoy! =)

1 Chronicles 16:34 O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.

linking to:
Home Stories A to Z
Not Just A Housewife
My Girlish Whims
Freckled Laundry
Simple Home Life


  1. Ooh, your scarves are just lovely! I really like the colors you choose. I'm having a bit of fun with elastic thread too; it sure beats gathering doesn't it?? Have a nice day!!

  2. Thanks for the tip! My DD loves these but hates the price tags. Now I can show her this and sit her down at the machine.

  3. love the verse from 1 chronicles! thanks :-)

  4. Very cute scarf! And ruffles are all the rage! Wonderful job!

  5. Love these, thanks for the tutorial!

  6. Thanks for the tutorial on this. I want to make some scarves for Christmas gifts, so this will be perfect. I've never used elastic thread, but it seems like it would be great!

  7. So pretty! Must get some elastic thread!

  8. oh my!! I just got back into sewing after 30 years, this will make me look like a pro!!!

  9. Thanks for linking up to Your Whims Wednesday, I featured this on my blog tonight! Come check it out and grab a button :)

  10. elastic thread in bobbin!! im gonna give that a go! :) love the colors of your scarves! they look really cosy!

  11. I need some elastic thread. Thanks for the tute!

  12. Thank you for posting such a great tutorial. Can you please share how long you cut the material?

  13. I recently purchased elastic thread for the first time. Looking forward to creating some yummy ruffly scarfs and things! Thanks for sharing with air your laundry Friday!


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  15. Thank you for the tutorial! Thinking about making one for our family pictures this week!

  16. This is gorgeous! And so easy, wonderful. Now i just have to get my sewing machine working again...
    thanks for visiting my blog and for your lovely comment on the no sew skirt.
    I am your newest follower and would be honored if you would like to follow back. No hard feelings if not :-).
    have a wonderful day