Anyway, I love shirts like this. Beautiful, cascading ruffles but there’s no gathering involved. They are really easy to make!
First get some circles like plates, lids, bowls, anything.
How To Make Ruffles Without Gathering
Measure the length of where you’re sewing it in like the neck or the center front. Then try to find a circle that’s the same length or longer than your measurement. I needed 22 inches length.
How To Make Ruffles Without Gathering
I drew that circle on the fabric.
How To Make Ruffles Without Gathering
Draw a bigger circle around the smaller circle.
How To Make Ruffles Without Gathering
 Cut the piece out. The inside circle will be sewn to something while the outside circle will need to be finished somehow.
How To Make Ruffles Without Gathering
When the circle is pulled out straight, the edge flares like this.
How To Make Ruffles Without Gathering
If you go back to this shirt, you can see how the edge of the collar flares and how the ruffles flare down the front of the shirt.
*Important things to keep in mind: The small the inner circle, the more flared the ruffle. The larger the inner circle, the less flared to ruffle.
I’ll show you later what I made with my ruffles, and how I didn’t make the inner circle small enough.
Hope this will give you some new ideas!

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Author: Heather Handmade

I'm a seamstress and mother. I sew, blog, thrift, upcycle, design fabric, and teach sewing classes. I'm also a self-proclaimed fabric fondler.

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9 thoughts on “How To Make Ruffles Without Gathering

  1. how did you make the ruffle go down the front?

    Posted on November 13, 2013 at 5:25 pm
    1. There's a center front seam on the shirt. I sewed the ruffle into the front seam.

      Posted on November 14, 2013 at 1:29 am
  2. Oo, I think I erased my comment. I was just saying thanks so much for this! I couldn't figure out how to make these "flat" ruffles to save my life. You explained it so well and thanks for the visual aids. 🙂

    Posted on April 15, 2013 at 12:04 am
  3. Thanks so much for this HELPFUL post! I had been racking my brain trying to figure out how to make this type of ruffle, which I can see is cut on the bias and isn't gathered, but beyond that I was helpless. This is super-clear, now I can finish my shirt! 🙂

    Posted on April 14, 2013 at 11:55 pm
  4. Awesome instructions! I don't know how you figure these things out, you're a genius!!

    When I'm hitting the Pinterest button, it's not transferring the picture. Then I get an error message???
    Any suggestions?

    Thanks so much for all the work you do to help us learn what you are teaching! Mary

    Posted on March 16, 2013 at 8:13 am
    1. Pinterest recently changed their "pin it" button, you have to re-download it. This happened to me too!

      Posted on March 16, 2013 at 9:55 pm
  5. Woow! I luv ruffles but I always wondered how to sew them and this looks like the easiest way! Thank u, Thank u ….

    – HD

    Posted on June 10, 2012 at 4:08 am
  6. Hey, thank you for this tutorial. I love ruffles, I am going to try this soon!
    And I am definitely following your blog!


    Posted on August 3, 2011 at 5:51 pm