I am dying for some Ruffles!!!

Frito Lay's RufflesEver since I signed up for this Blog Hop, I have been dying for some Ruffles. Those of you who’ve tried these luscious potato chips know what I mean. They are yummy. So I had to bring the ruffles to my day, perhaps then I’ll get over my craving for them. This wonderful blog hop with the theme of “Think Ruffles” is brought to you by the many blogs who’ve participated, Madam Samm, and Amy. I’ve never had a problem with ruffles or gathering when sewing and I don’t mind doing it. I’ve never been able to figure out the ruffler foot either and currently do not even own one for my current machines, so ruffling for me comes the old fashioned way. It’s pretty amazing when you think about it how much ruffles are really apart of sewing. It is common to see ruffles or some type of gathering for instance in Lingerie, many sleeves on garments are “eased” in with a light gather or “poofed” in with a heavy gather stitch. Back in the 70’s, the maxi-dress was very popular and the skirt was entirely gathered. You can’t go to a department type store without seeing a pillow that has a ruffled edge around it. I bet none of you can go into your closet without seeing some sort of garment that doesn’t have some gathering. Many techniques in sewing even give the appearance of gathering, such as elasticized items, or shirring, pleating, and ruching. So with all that said, here is what I created for the Think Ruffles Blog Hop.


This Ruffled Owl Bag is the creation of Kichi Kimani

I’ll just be upfront and honest here, I did not like making this bag, not because of the gathering, but because of the instructions for this pattern. It’s not that Kichi doesn’t give you tons of images, because that’s literally all that the pdf is. The pdf pattern is 55 pages. It is well documented in images, but sometimes while I love images in a “how to”, I need to have some text as well. Her pattern uses yoyo’s in the eyes, I chose to make a folded fabric hexagon instead. I’m not good at making yoyo’s.

My biggest headache with this pattern is that she uses peltex in this pattern along with a heavy fusible interfacing, and she wants you to use several layers of the interfacing. The interfacing I ordered for this blog hop has not arrived yet, even now I’m still waiting for it to arrive and it was ordered over three weeks ago. It’s not that I don’t like the peltex, I can definitely see how wonderful it actually is especially for purse making, but Kichi, has you use it literally in every major shape of this bag and it’s not needed for the beak or the flap. I made one bag prior to this one where the flap and the beak are so heavy between the “fleece” that I used instead of the interfacing and the peltex that even after topstitching the bag down, the flap still would not fold over.

In the end, I chose to remake the bag, and write down some tips (for the changes I made to the pattern) so that anyone in the future who chooses to make this pattern will have the options presented to them.

Those changes are located here.

I also created these flowers as I’ve been planning to do a flower tutorial for my blog anyway and thought these would fit into this blog hop as well.


The tutorial to create these is located here.

These flowers are created entirely with the sewing machine with the exception of the buttons, which were done by hand. I don’t do buttons by machine, even tho I know how to do them, I don’t think buttons by machine get enough strength to last for along time. They are one of the few things I will do by hand. Their is also no glue on these flowers.

So these are my projects for this hop,

I thank you sew much for stopping by today

and a thank you to Amy and Madam Samm for the honor of allowing me to participate in this blog hop.

Please be sure to visit the others who are ruffling away today!!

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Enjoy Your Day!!


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That is sew cute! You are very clever!


I love your owl bag, it is super cute! I tried to follow a pattern like that one time, it was for a mouse pin cushion and it assumed you knew what you were, instead of 55 pages it was one page.

Sandra Davidson
Sandra Davidson

Your Owl purse is adorable and love your flowers.


Your owl pouch is super cute. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

Patchwork Breeze

Owls are such cute items right now and this purse is just as cute. Some guild members talked about Soft and Stable for use in purses and bags and how they like it so much.
I am going to follow your blog on Bloglovin to keep up with your tutorials.

Kathy Gentry

The purse is adorable. I know that if my granddaughter sees it, I will be making one. The buttons are so cute, also, and would be a great addition to many projects. Great work!


Your owl bag is adorable!!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

lynn cockrell

Thanks for this “ruffles” tutorial!


I think your owl purse is cute. Those are very large eyes, The ruffles definitely go with the purse wonderfully.

Margaret Schindler
Margaret Schindler

I love all your projects but that owl is so adorable. Thanks for sharing

Linda J

sometimes you really don’t know how something is going to work out till you are too far gone into the process. Like a recipe that way—follow directions the first time around but then start making your adjustments to fit you taste. The owl is so cute! So are your ruffled flowers.


Your Owl bag is so cute. It was fun to see your ruffles project, now I am going to have to look to see if we have any Ruffles chips.


Your owl clutch turned out really cute! The ruffle flowers are pretty too. I like to pin them to purses and summer tops.

Saucy Chick Sherry

This is OWLdorable. Also love your ruffled flowers and thank you for sharing your technique. Thank you sew very much for Hopping…

Margaret Parks
Margaret Parks

The bag is really sweet. I love it. You did a great job.



Finally – Ruffles I can relate to! I’ll make up some ranch dip and we can get to some serious business, lol. Your owl clutch is soooooo stinkin’ cute, I love it!

Michelle Harrison

Your bag is cute but I agree with you about bag patterns that require so much interfacing and stiffening products. Sometimes it is just not needed. I like your rosettes, too. I am a no-glue stitcher, so thanks for the no glue method!


I really enjoy your owl bag, although I can’t imagine a 55 page pattern. Unless we are talking about blueprints for house building! I’m not much of a pattern follower anyway — I tend to get the general idea and then do it my way. Your flowers are fun, too. A comment on buttons FWIW. One way to help keep them from falling off (whether machine sewn or hand sewn) is to put a drop of FrayCheck right on the threads on the back side. Keeps them from coming loose even if something happens to a thread or two.


Absolutely love how the owl bag turned out, although I cannot imagine a 55 page pattern for anything, unless we are talking about the blueprints for house building! I’m not much of a pattern follower anyway — tend to grasp the main idea and then take off in my own way. Turned out well in spite of your difficulties.

Like your flowers, too. One hint for keeping buttons from falling off (whether sewn on by machine or by hand) is to put a dot of FrayCheck or another seam fixative on the back threads. Keeps them from fraying or coming loose.

Mary Ann

Your bag turned out great! Owls are fun.