Ruffler Foot Made Sew Easy It's Hands Free!

If you've ever used a ruffler foot you will know you need to guide your fabric carefully.

I've been making a Victorian Gown. That means lots of ruffley goodness. I have about 150 meters of ribbon I'm using on this project most of which I've been pleating using my sewing machines ruffler foot. 
Carefully guiding that much yardage through would drive me insane!

I needed a way to make it easy and fast without needing a lot of concentration.

I needed to automate guiding that ribbon through.

It's so easy and simple and effective I can't believe I didn't think of this earlier.

Tampico inspired bustle progress

The stash yielded some counter-change polyester in a blueish shade and some purple which I used for bias binding. I played with a few different ruffle methods until I found one I was happy with. 


Working with polyester drives me a little nutty so at this point the polyester and I needed to spend some time apart so I delved back into the stash and found some cotton flannelet which is not at all ideal for this kind of project due to it's soft hand, but I decided to give it a go anyway.

Instead of binding the edges I made piping to add some stiffness to the ruffles. Once the piping was added I felt it could still use a bit more structure. To achieve this I couched some crochet braid along the edge, halfway through couching I realised I was going to run out of braid so switched from a double row to a single row ending up with 2 designs. Once that was done the hem of the ruffles were too stiff for the the rest to hold the shape well so I added some embroidery and put the pleats in....and then I remembered to take some photos.

piped, couched and embroidered strips 
ruffled strip has the double row of couching and
 the flat strip the single row of couching
Nice stiff ruffles
Next I'll attach the ruffles to the foundation pieces.

So, if you were wondering if you can make a bustle pad with all the 'wrong' types of fabric the answer is  yes, yes you can.  Have you ever attempted to make something with the 'wrong' fabric? How did it turn out?