My first experience with ruffles was in my very first sewing class. I made a sun dress with a ruffled hem in a pale blue. I love the added grace a well-placed ruffle can give. So, of course I jumped on the chance to be on the “Ruffles” blog hop with Madam Samm and Amy from Sew Incredibly Crazy. On the “She Who Sews” blog hop, I asked the question of which length to make the sewing machine covers for my machines in drop-down tables and several of you wonderful, creative people suggested a ruffle that could add length if needed. I thought it was a wonderful idea and here it is. I even added piping…something I haven’t used in years! Next, I had a little apron situation to fix. At Christmas, my oldest daughter pulled out aprons for us and we realized that the special apron I made my youngest daughter was way too small for her.
So, I ruffled up a little something more her current size.
The apron is fully reversible, even the ruffle. Reversible ruffles are easy to do. Just cut two strips the size of your finished ruffle plus seam allowances for top and bottom. I used a 1/4″ seam on the bottom and allowed for 1/2″ on the top.
The straps are reversible, too, using the same two-strip method. The neck strap is actually a casing with elastic running through it. I don’t know about you, but I really don’t like a big, bumpy knot at the back of my neck when I wear an apron.
And the green (and slightly furrier side.)
Third, I won a wonderful George Washington panel over at Debby Kratovil’s blog. My mom shares a birthday with George (and was almost named Georgia in his honor. Someday, I’ll tell you how she was named…it’s a hoot!) I wanted to make a cute, quick pillow for her so I added borders and ruffles and a touch of quilting and made this for her.
When my husband saw this, he wanted to know why we weren’t keeping it. My answer was easy….
This sweet guy carries every pillow in the house around. He and his partner in crime have destroyed many a pillow and I refuse to make any new ones for this house until they’re not going to end up covered in tooth marks and dog slobber! After all, why look for reasons to be mad at man’s best friend?
Now, on to the giveaway. First, the people at Craftsy have been kind enough to give me a free class to give away. If you haven’t checked out Craftsy yet, I think you should. It’s full of fun classes, fun patterns (lots of free ones, too) and fun features to create and connect. Just click here to enter. Also, I’ve got a second giveaway. Leave me comment, maybe tell me what your pets’ crazy habits are, and I’ll have Mr. Random choose one winner to win a 1/2-yard cut of this blue fabric.
Now, hop along to all the other wonderful quilters on today’s stop on the hop. I’m sure they’ll have something to get you in a ruffle-y mood!