We love a sewing project that spices up an existing garment, and we have a great one for you today that utilizes existing denim pants. Follow along this tutorial from The Mother Huddle for adding ruffled cuffs to an existing garment, a great way to upcycle pants that may not fit well (either too long or too short), or change things up if your little girl has too many pants that look the same!
Kids grow whenever they please, regardless of their wardrobe size. If you’re having trouble keeping up with growth, adding a long ruffle at the bottom of jeans is a perfect way to extend the life on too-short jeans or transition a longer pair of hand-me-downs, not to mention it’s super cute! The size of this ruffle makes it great for any kind of fabric pattern, and small or large prints work great here. If you prefer a smaller sized ruffle, you can easily modify the cuts you make to have the ruffle fit for your needs.
If you’re not familiar with a gathering stitch to make a perfect ruffle, this tutorial walks you through it with great photographs, making it easy for a beginner. This ensures that the ruffle is consistent, so you don’t have to worry with pleating all the way around. It also allows for some flexibility when sewing, so you can adjust as you go so the ruffle is sure to make it completely around the leg opening. You’ll also be walked through the steps to make a simple bow, a great addition to the ruffled cuff, but also a skill that is useful if you’re interested in adding a bow to a hair clip, bag, or anywhere else you’d like a bow for embellishment!
Grab your little girl’s old jeans, prep your sewing space, and find the full tutorial at The Mother Huddle!
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