Ruffle Bottom Bloomer w/FREE Pattern Link

Today I'm going to show you how to make a "Ruffle Bottom Bloomer", perfect for covering unsightly diapers, not to mention - they look absolutely ADORABLE under dresses!  (Especially cute with the Peasant dresses I showed you how to make HERE yesterday!)


I found the original tutorial by made (dana-made-it) and she even included a FREE pattern HERE with sizes ranging from 0-24 months! (How cute are the ones she made?!?) :)

Materials:
  • Pattern
  • 1/3-1/2 yd fabric
  • 1/4" Elastic for legs & waistband
  • Coordinating thread
  • Sewing Machine
1. Begin by printing out your pattern pieces and cutting the pattern to your desired size. Place the pattern piece on the fold and cut pieces for both the front and back.

2. If you're adding ruffles, cut 2 16"x2" strips and one 12"x2" strip. Fold over and press each strip 1/4" and stitch to create a bottom hem for each ruffle. If you have a serger, you could just serge the edges.  

3. Now we're going to actually ruffle the ruffle strips! There are two methods to this. I used my machine to make the ruffle. You do this by setting your machine to the longest stitch length, and the highest tension. Sew a straight line along the raw edge at the top of the ruffle strip and your machine should automatically start gathering the fabric. Backstitch at the start and finish.
(See how the fabric is gathering behind the presser foot?) :)

If you're machine doesn't do this, you can gather your ruffles the "old fashioned" way using a gathering stitch. Just sew a straight stitch along the top raw edge of the ruffle strip using the longest stitch length. DON'T backstitch. When you get to the end of the ruffle strip trim your threads, but leave 2-3 inches hanging. 

(I only do a single stitching line, but you could use more if you'd like. HERE is a great tutorial by Tammy at Not Just a Housewife about gathering ruffles.)

Find the bobbin thread (or the thread that gives when you pull it) and pull it so that the fabric starts to gather. Once you've gathered it to your liking, tie a knot to secure the ends.

4. Pin your shortest ruffle to the BACK pattern piece right sides together. Stitch ruffle in place making sure your stitch is either directly on top of, or a little over the gathering stitch - so the stitches don't show when you fold over.

5. Press ruffle over and down and trim any excess.

6. Pin and stitch your second ruffle to the back pattern piece about 1/2" from your first ruffle.

7. Fold over and press second ruffle and cut off any excess.
Attach the 3rd ruffle just like the second- pin, sew, press, cut.

8. Now you're going to connect the back piece to the front piece. Sew the side seams with right sides together. Make sure you catch each ruffle in this seam so they're all held down.
Serge or zig-zag along the edge.

9. Also connect the two crotch pieces. Align the raw edges and stitch. Serge or zig-zag along the edge. (Sorry I don't have a picture of this step) :(

10. Serge/Zig-zag along the raw edges at the waist and around the leg holes. Fold over and press 1/2" and stitch to create the encasing for the elastic - Don't forget to leave a 1-2" opening to feed your elastic through. The leg openings are TRICKY! Go slow, and know that they don't have to be perfect - any impurities will be masked once the elastic gathers it right up!

11. Begin feeding your elastic through the encasing by connecting your elastic to a safety pin. See pattern for correct elastic length! TIP: So the other end of your elastic doesn't disappear into the casing while you're feeding it through, I secure it with a safety pin to the bloomer, like this...

12. Stitch the ends of your elastic to secure. I do mine in a cross to secure both ways. Stretch it to test that both ends are securely connected! You don't want the elastic popping after it's sewed up in the encasing.
(Sorry this is the blurriest picture EVER!)

13. Stitch the openings closed where you fed your elastic through. Turn the bloomers right side out and there you go! How ADORABLE?!?

How cute will these be peeking out from underneath this little dress??? :)


 

6 comments:

  1. So adorable and I'll be making both for my daughter ASAP!

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  2. Where did you start and stop when you were sewing the casings? I made one pair of bloomers and I had such a hard time sewing that part. Just wondered if you had a good spot where you started and stopped. Thanks for the help!

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  3. I started and stopped the casing in the crotch area. Seeing the encasing hem is extremely difficult for the leg holes. Mine's always a mess- but the beauty is that when u thread the elastic through and it gathers, it all is camouflaged! :)

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  4. Thank you for the pattern. But I agree Heather and Tara.

    Where do you put the first ruffle? And the croth area is very difficult.

    The leg holes. I try again, but it takes a lot of time and I hope I get it right.

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  5. Hello I have a question when you print the pattern do I need to (fit to page) before I print? or do I just do a normal print? thanks

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  6. Normal Print, but I usually err on the larger side when cutting out a pattern or even size up. For the ruffle placement I just put them in the middle. You'll see that the top ruffle is sewn at the very top of the leg opening. If you have any further questions, you're always welcome to e-mail me at hanewkirk@crimson.ua.edu

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