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.

New lace bobbins and cookie pillow

I love it when the postman brings me presents, its even better when those presents are from my lovely man.

The timing couldn't be more perfect, as I've got my
cookie pillow made, my caul pattern drafted and nearly have all the skills I need to make it.  I was just short about a 100 bobbins or so, but not any more now I've got my square bobbins.

These Lacis bobbins are pretty much the cheapest wooden bobbins available and I thought you might want to know how much they were. (yep, that's my affiliate links so if you use that link your helping support this blog!)

So I covered my cookie pillow in some hideous plain weave cotton that holds it's shape well and gets used only for toiles. It will suffice until I find something more suitable.
40 bobbins
Then I got to making a miniature version of the caul. The nice finish on the new bobbins meant I was able to use finer threads and the pattern allows me to learn the last few techniques I need to make an Eleanora caul. I used Anchor stranded embroidery thread and I split the 6 strands into 2 lots of 3 strands. I don't think I would want to go any finer on the thread for a caul, in fact a bit thicker might be better but once you start using metallic threads the rules on thickness tend to change a bit. 

crooked progress photo
 my DH hates crooked photos so this one's for him 

I was going to show you all the steps of making my cookie pillow, but I didn't take enough photos so here's the quick version. A bit of ply wood cut in a bad circle with the edges sanded, a bit of spray glue then styrofoam pressed on then some garage door protector foam stuck on top of that which comes with an adhesive backing.  

I used our home made hot wire cutter to trim the edges and tried to get a bit of a slope on the sides, which was kind of necessary because my foam was short about half an inch on two sides.

Yep, looking pretty rough. Then I sanded the edge with a fairly rough grit sand paper, you can see how much better the edge is.
before sanding

after sanding