I just wanted to offer a few extra directions. My daughter was eager to help, mentioning it would make a good 4H project. Good thinkin'!
|1. Trim "high water," or holey-knee pants to desired length|
|2. Cut four 4 x 22" strips|
|3. Join together|
|4. Sew together into a long tube|
|5. Turn out and baste along stitched edge, iron|
|6. Gently pull basting stitch to ruffle your fabric tube, then pin to the outside edge of pant leg, as shown|
This is where the project can get a bit "hairy." Take your time and don't be in a hurry.
Keep things as even as you can, remembering that imperfections will be hidden in all the gathering. You'll also be sewing around again.
Tuck one turned-in end inside the other and flatten smooth. Pin these together near, but not onto the inner seam. You may tack these shut at the end of the project, if you wish, but the very small opening should not cause a problem.
Use pins to hold the bunchy ruffle down, and stitch slowly. NEVER sew over a pin with your machine.
|7. Stitch twice around to sew the ruffle|
|8. Stitch twice, evenly, around the outside of pant leg to hold ruffle flat and down|
This last part is important in order to hold the ruffle in place, and keep the inside bulk to a minimum. Also gives a nice, finished look.
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Posted on The Shabby Nest's Frugal Friday 3-26-2011.