I love spending a few minutes every day searching Pinterest for unique design ideas. Lately, I've noticed a trend: ruffles! I've found them adorning shirts, aprons, pillows, and curtains, and I love the look! I have added folded ruffles to my layouts, but they don't look quite like fabric due to the fact they are made out of, well paper. However after seeing all the fun possibilities lately, I decided to try if I could make my paper ruffles look more like the fabric ruffles I'm seeing all over the place.
Enter water. Today's project is something you can easily add to a layout, a card, or an altered item. It's a straight forward technique using water and your sewing machine. Do not be afraid, water and paper do mix in this case.
1. Cut some 1.25" strips of paper, then run one under water for a few seconds. The strip should be wet, but not sopping.
2. Use a scrap strip of paper as backing, then ruffle fold the wet strip and start sewing it to the scrap. Stitch for a few stitches, stop, scrunch again, repeat until you have the length of ruffle you'd like. I made mine 8.5" long to frame my photo. I ended up using two and a half strips to make this size of ruffle. Because the paper is wet, it can tear easily. Be gentle as you are working with it. If it tears, it's not the end of the world, just start ruffling over the torn spot, it's very forgiving.
3. Let the strip dry, this takes a few hours. While still wet, you can play with the look of the ruffle, making it stick up on the edges, after it dries, it retains the wet shape really nicely.
That's it. Very easy to add a trendy look to your next project. I used the 100 Days of Summer line, but this technique would work with any of the papers from Simple Stories.
100 Days of Summer Line (Sweet Memories and Simple Pleasures patterned papers, 12x12 Fundamentals Cardstock Stickers, 12x12 Expressions Cardstock Stickers )