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« on: December 20, 2006 08:07:55 PM »

Okay, sorry if this is in the wrong place...it seems like an appropriate spot.  Anyhow, we all know how cute puffed sleeves are and how much we like them.  I can't get enough of them.  However, if you are like me, you are both lazy and clumsy.  There are many ways of making a 'ruffle' or 'puff', including using thread, or pinning like crazy, etc.  This is my cheater method that I use all the time, now.  I've been meaning to post about it for weeks, but have been busy with other projects, so I just made up this little mini puff with scraps so you'll get the picture.  Three easy steps:

Number one - put tape on the fabric an inch or less from where you'll sew (scotch, electrical, masking, whateva)


Step number two - fold over the edge of what will be your shoulder piece, or the unruffled part, and press it down with your fingernail


and, step three - put the pieces together, and top stitch in a single or double line, whichever you prefer


I guess then removing the tape would be a fourth step.  Forgive me. 
Anyways, there you have it!  This little scrap took me less than one minute to put together. Obviously if you're aligning pieces to a particular spot, it'll be slightly more complicated, but the essence remains the same.  Here's a side shot so you can see how nicely it makes a puffy shoulder


now, tell me you love me  Wink
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« Reply #1 on: December 20, 2006 08:12:35 PM »

oooooh!!! smart!!! i love you!! hehehe
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« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2006 08:27:42 PM »

thank you.   Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2006 08:30:48 PM »

Me heart you.
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« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2006 08:32:15 PM »

Great tip ! thank you !
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« Reply #5 on: December 20, 2006 11:23:21 PM »

Thanks for the wonderful tip Smiley You are being bookmarked now!
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« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2006 06:57:23 AM »

Smartypants! I'm probably going to use that too sometime...  Cheesy
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« Reply #7 on: December 21, 2006 01:28:48 PM »

great idea. now i have to make something puffy.
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« Reply #8 on: December 21, 2006 02:14:14 PM »

fantastic idea! i <3 you appearantly.
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« Reply #9 on: December 21, 2006 02:22:56 PM »

Excellent idea!!!  Grin  Grin  Grin  I will use it for my next project!!!  Thanks!
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