Drawstring Ruching /// Mod 2

I don’t know about you but I am always on the hunt for fun ways to modify my sewing patterns.  I just can’t help myself, it’s too fun.  Inspired by a cute little skirt pattern I bought recently I have been trying this drawstring ruching technique on everything in sight!

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It’s really very simple, all you need for this mod are a couple 2″ wide strips (for the casing)

and some drawstring,

that’s it!

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Here I wanted to add a little detail to the hem of a tunic I was working on so I added the ruching at the lower end of each side seam.  Since knit doesn’t fray I didn’t bother finishing the edges in any way, just made three seams down the strip to create tracks for the drawstring.  I like to use the width of my pressure foot as a guide, it’s an easy way to keep the tracks even and it fits the drawstring perfectly.  Trim off excess (not too close to the stitches or your tracks may pop open!) and use a giant safety pin to thread your drawstring though.

I like to save those pesky rolled salvage edges to use as drawstring but you can use any number of things…. chord, ribbon, lace? Have fun with it!

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Happy Sewing!!

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