Are you ready to cast your vote in our sixth challenge?! I knew when I posted this week’s theme the projects would be out of this world and I have to say, I was right. I am excited to share the amazing projects created by our contestants this week…
Project #1 The Ruffled Mermaid
I am so happy to be back for another fun week! Ruffles are so fun and there were so many ideas running through my head. I am not going to lieâ€¦I kind of wanted to cover myself in ruffled potato chips to see what people thought of that, but I refrained 🙂 Maybe a future post?
Anyway, my daughter really wants a mermaid birthday party, so I figured now is the best time to do a practice cake and practice dress! Introducing The Ruffled Mermaid.
The dress was very easy. I took some beautiful ruffle fabric I have had for years, attached it to an old tank top, and sewed it into a mermaid shaped dress.
I decorated the cake with “ruffles” and I love the ombre effect, which is super popular right now. I am glad I made this cake now because it wasn’t perfect and it will give me plenty of time to perfect my ruffle technique. I made a cake topper out of some mermaid stickers and bakers twine.
Project #2 OmbrÃ© Ruffled Tote Bag
Ruffles! People, I am not really a ruffles person. But that’s what’s great about this competition: it forces you to work with media you aren’t necessarily comfortable with, and magical things happen. Right? This bag is magical.
I love how it turned out. Here’s what I did. I got some canvas in this lovely limish-green color, which is one of my faves lately. Then I bought a bunch of ruffleâ€”7 yards, to be exactâ€”and some Rit Dye in purple. I sewed together a nice sized tote bag, and then I set to work dyeing the ruffle. Cutting it into 9 different pieces, I dyed each one successively darker, to achieve an ombrÃ© effect once I lined them up.
When the ruffles were dry, I carefully sewed them to the bag, making sure the lines were straight and that the distance between each was even. The ruffles go all the way around the bag, so it was a little painstaking.
But worth it. And I hope you agree!
Project #3 Pink Ruffles
I am so excited to be back this week and share my ruffle project with you. When I found out this weekâ€™s theme was ruffle I knew I wanted to make an outfit for my girlie girl but I wasnâ€™t completely sure what I wanted to make. I had this pink sequin fabric for a while now and knew it would make some pretty ruffles. While she is my one child who does not mind something being â€œitchyâ€ as they call it, I didnâ€™t want it to be something that would be bothering her all day at school either. So I got some knit to match the sequin fabric.
I started out by cutting a yard of the sequin fabric in stripes, doing a rolled hem on one side and ruffling each stripe. Then measured her, cut the knit to fit and sewed the ruffles on the front piece of the knit fabric. Once I was done I laid it down with the right side up, then laid the back on it and sewed the two pieces together. I added some straps and she LOVES it!! She is so ready to wear it but it’s for back to school.
I also made a chevron print skirt to go with it and some leg warmers. I am thinking she will probably need a shrug once fall gets here but it will be perfect for the first day of school.
I did learn from this project do NOT iron the sequin fabric. They stuck to my iron and we had to clean them off which was not the easiest job.
Project #4 Ruffle Alphabet Quilt
I really struggled with an idea this week. I have seen so many ruffle crafts that it was hard to think of something original. I changed tack and thought about what I was currently wanting to buy. My daughter is learning the alphabet and is quite taken with finding out that squiggly lines = a letter so for a while I have been hunting for a good alphabet poster. Then, bing! How about a ruffle lettered quilt?!
I don’t think I have ever used so many pins in all my sewing projects put together. Never underestimate how many individual ruffle strips make up each letter of the alphabet! Halfway through I seriously contemplated whether I could get away with just telling my daughter that a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h,i,j constituted the entire alphabet! So with some good radio programs in the background I sat down cut, ruffled, pinned and stitched. Cut, ruffled, pinned and stitched. Cut, ruffled, pinned and stitched. and repeat. I highlighted the vowels in a different color so that my daughter can begin to distinguish them.
I wish I could send you all a little snuggle sensor through the internet as I was surprised how cozy soft the top is. I used t-shirt material so that it wouldn’t need hemming and it ruffles beautifully. The absolute bonus is that it feels like a soft little rabbit!
Project #5 Sail Away Summer Ruffle Outfit
Well, you can’t have a ruffle theme without some cute girly clothes, so here you go! This Sail Away Summer Outfit is complete with a ruffle ocean around the skirt, ruffle sleeves, and ruffle pinwheels behind the buttons and on the hair clip.
I just LOVE the white fabric that I found for the shirt! It has a very faint polka dot texture. Super cute and feminine. Rustic wooden buttons are sewn onto the front as a decoration and sort of look like driftwood to match our theme.
The sails on the little appliquÃ©d boat are made out of the same polka dot fabric as the shirt. Don’t you just love the faint orange color of the flag?! Perfect accent color! The hair clip ties the whole outfit together using all of the fabrics from the sailboat and the same wooden button as the shirt. This was so much fun to create! Hope you like it!
Voting on SYTYCâ€™s ruffle challenge will run through Thursday, July 18, at 5 p.m. MST. The winner will be announced on July 19.
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