This is somewhat embarrassing.
What is the correct way to add ruffles to a kitchen towel?
I have been cutting up some linen, added some embroidery and now I want to attach ruffles to the bottom. I have searched books and the Internet and still can't find the proper way to sew on ruffles.
The ruffles are made. Do I attach to the front or back with the raw edges visible, or do I make it like a seam (right side to right side)?
I hope this question makes sense, I can't believe I couldn't find any instructions.
Thanks in advance.
If the ruffles are already made you can attach them any way you want. It is not engraved in stone. Pin them in different ways to see which is more appealing to your eye. You can attach with a decorative stitch. You can also consider attaching them to a piece of braid or ribbon or a folded over strip of contrasting fabric. Attach the fabric fold to the towel and sandwich the ruffles in the other side and stitch. Don't forget to launder everything first to avoid nasty surprises.
Ladysmith BC,Janome 12000, Bernina Record, Bernina 1150MDA serger, bit of a Luddite, garments not crafts
I've found (at least when attaching to kids clothes) that sewing right sides together in a "serger type" stitch - it's like three cross hatched pattern, I don't know what it's called but it's on my machine, sorry! But it's worked really well so far when sewing right on the line of my gather. I would say if you were putting it onto a towel you could want it on the front side and then if it still sticks up too much, you can run a straight stitch over the top, after you've attached it right sides facing - does that make sense?