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Monday, November 20, 2017

Knit Ruffle Flower on a Bodice

Did you see Vicki's Knit Dress pattern that just released?  It's adorable!  And that bodice is perfect for embellishing too. Today Shannon B. will show us how to make a super cute knit ruffle flower on it like she did here:

I love the look! It's perfecet on Vicki's and you could add it to a variety of other dresses and tops as well.  Here's Shannon with the step-by-step instructions!

Step 1: To begin, cut your knit fabric according to the chart above.  Then we will roll hem both long edges of our ruffle strip. This is optional as knit does not fray but is nice to add a pop of color to your ruffle flower.

Step 2: Using the template for the size you are making (click here to download), center it over your front bodice piece and trace it using tailors chalk or a disappearing ink pen.

Step 3: We will now sew a gathering stitch down the center of our leaf cutouts. To do this increase stitch width and length as far as they will go, remembering to not backstitch at the beginning or end. Gather your leaf cutouts slightly until they are the length that you would like.

Step 4: Next we will pin our leaves so they are overlapping slightly and off to the side as pictured. We want the ends of our leaves laying over the circle by ¼”. Pin then sew down the center of each leaf to secure to the bodice.

Step 5: Now we will gather our ruffle strip to be half the starting length. For example if your started out with a 25” strip, you will gather it to be 12.5”. As you are creating your ruffle flower and pinning it, you can adjust your ruffle to piece to be longer or shorter as needed. Beginning in the center of your circle, pin your ruffle strip in a spiral, then sew along the spiral to secure your flower to your bodice. 

And that's it!  Now your little one can wear it with pride!  

We hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If you have any questions, feel free to come ask in our patterns group on FB. We would also love to see your completed photo so please come share! 

Let's Create! ~ Kristen 

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