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Easy Gathering Tutorial
When making something that needed to be gathered or ruffled, I always had trouble making it look good and even. Until my mom showed me this little trick!

I made a tiny Blythe dress while photographing this tutorial, but of course it works for bigger things too! Dresses, skirts, bags, anything that needs gathering!

Let's start!

Posted by Tizzalicous from Netherlands Antilles, The Netherlands • Published See Tizzalicous's 4 projects »

  • Step 1

    Set your sewing machine on the largest stitch.

  • How to sew a gather. Easy Gathering - Step 2
    Step 2

    Stitch a straight line along the edge of the fabric. Make sure you leave enough spare thread on both the beginning and the end.

  • How to sew a gather. Easy Gathering - Step 3
    Step 3

    Carefully pull on on of the threads...

  • How to sew a gather. Easy Gathering - Step 4
    Step 4

    on one either the beginning or the end of the sewn fabric.

  • How to sew a gather. Easy Gathering - Step 5
    Step 5

    As you see, the fabric will start to ruffle.

  • How to sew a gather. Easy Gathering - Step 6
    Step 6

    Spread out the ruffles evenly. If it won't let you move the ruffles all the way to the other side, just pull one of the threads on that side as well.

  • How to sew a gather. Easy Gathering - Step 7
    Step 7

    Once you have your ruffles spread out evenly, pin the ruffled fabric to whatever you want to attach it too, in my case the bodice of the dress.

  • How to sew a gather. Easy Gathering - Step 8
    Step 8

    Don't forget to pin with the right sides facing each other!

  • How to sew a gather. Easy Gathering - Step 9
    Step 9

    Sew the ruffled part to the part you just pinned it too. It's easiest if you keep the ruffled part on top, so you can see if it all goes well, and there are no weird folds you don't want.

  • Step 10

    If your ruffle thread is showing on the part of your creation that will be seen, remove it with a seam ripper. Because you have used such a large stitch, this shouldn't be hard. If your ruffle thread is on the other side of the seam, where it won't be seen, you can just leave it there.

  • How to sew a gather. Easy Gathering - Step 11
    Step 11

    Turn everything right side out. And tadaa! Your gathered creation is done!

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technokitty · Auchenflower, Queensland, AU
LovelyJaileen · 8 projects
that doll is why too frickin cute!!!!
i cant wait to make a skirt like this for halloween !!! Tongue
kookiegurl97 · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 5 projects
Does anyone know where to get a Blythe doll for cheap?!
Laura Collins
Laura Collins · 12 projects
Oh my god D: i love your blythe doll
where did you get it
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tiffany says.} · 4 projects
oh cool beans! i was going to make a summer dress with ruffles but i couldn't figure out how thanks so much for this tutorial!
Cat Morley
Cat Morley · London, GB · 1432 projects
It's gorgeous!
northernstar · Flateyri, Westfjords, IS · 35 projects
Thank you, I just made a complete mess of this last week! haha
Love the Blythe doll too Happy
--- · 24 projects
Thanks a lot for your tut!!
I can't wait to get my first blythe soon Happy
Rosie · Southampton, England, GB · 5 projects
wheres everyone getting the blythe dolls from? I want one!
Lucía · Montevideo, Montevideo Dept, UY · 9 projects
That's such a cute doll with the tiny cherry shoes, dress and hairpin! Love it!
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