Hi all! Hope your weather is a lot better than ours. We have freezing rain today, and it will continue all weekend. I stocked up on coffee and chocolate while everyone else was fighting over milk and bread. I’m all set for a pleasant weekend at home. I will say that I’m praying the ice doesn’t cause any power outages. Coffee or milk, chocolate or bread, it doesn’t matter when there is no heat.
Onto the project of the day. Anyone who reads my blog knows that I sew pillow case dresses for Operation Christmas Child. Sometimes we’re blessed to get donations, and one of the items that we have received is lace hem facing. None of us ladies use it to hem our dresses, but I hate to waste anything. So I came up with the idea to ruffle it to decorate some of the dresses.
First I measure the length I want, and multiply by 1.5. You can double it if you want it more ‘ruffly‘. Then cut your facing accordingly.
Then set your stitch length to the longest one possible. I sew 2 lines (basting), about 1/8 inch apart. (I guess I should have cleaned off my machine before taking this picture.)
Then take the TOP 2 threads and pull at the same time, pushing and adjusting the facing as you go.
Once I’m satisfied with the spread of the ruffle, I pin it to the dress and sew a line between the basting, at a regular stitch length. Then I pull out the basting.
I added some buttons for fun.
For this dress I’ve placed it along the bottom.
I hope it helps a little girl feel more like a princess!