Ruffles! A double row of ruffles:
I love the way this trim finished this towel. The green ruffle reminds me of curly lettuce so it is perfect for this towel's theme :)
I am really happy with the fabric color match to my embroidery floss too:
I have really learned a lot making this ruffle trim.
I followed directions from a basic sewing book. There were so many options for making and attaching ruffles! I knew I wanted a double layer ruffle and I wanted to sew the double layers in the center so that both edges of each layer would be free and ruffled.
To make the ruffles, I cut a strip out of each of the fabrics I wanted to use for the ruffles. Factoring in the seam allowance, I cut the bottom ruffle 1/2" wider then the top ruffle. As for the length, both strips are the same length, but to allow ruffling, the instructions said to cut 3 times the finished length! This is for a fully gathered ruffle.
I finished the edges of both of the strips:
Then I machine stitched two lines of stitches on each strip using a basting stitch:
Then I carefully pulled the basting stitch threads, gathering up all the length on each ruffle.
I pinned everything in place and sewed through all the layers with one line of stitching centered on the top ruffle.
I turned the ruffle strip ends under and hand stitched them in place:
I also decided to embellish the other end of the tea towel.
I used one of the border patterns from the Salad Fixings embroidery pattern packet:
and stitched it up!
I love this tea towel and I really like the ruffles. I want to make this again and I really want to try out the other ruffle variations.