When it comes to fashion, sometimes there’s a certain style feature that just speaks to you. In fact, sometimes you love that texture, colour, or material so much that you want to include it in other areas of your life besides clothing too. For example, many people who love to wear lace also enjoy lace home decor. What’s our current style feature obsession? Ruffles!
Check out these 15 awesome DIY projects that we think our fellow ruffle enthusiasts will love!
1. Layered ruffle skirt
Make it, Love it guides you through the process of creating a ruffled skirt that doesn’t just give you a hint of ruffle; it’s got just about every ruffle under the sun! We love the way the strips of ruffled fabric layer all the way down.
2. Ruffle hemmed denim skirt
Sometimes the best way to feature your favourite new style obsession is to add it to a piece of clothing you already own. We suggest picking something that you once loved and wore all the time, but that you’ve been wearing less. For example, My Blessed Life gave this cute denim skirt a new lease on life by adding ruffles of cute patterned fabric along the bottom hem!
3. Ruffled shirt refashioning
Do you like the idea of altering and existing piece of clothing but you’ve got many more shirts than skirts to work with? That’s okay! We love this tutorial by Ruffles and Stuff because it teaches you how to add a big, buttoned ruffle down the centre of pretty much any plain shirt you can get your hands on. It’s an immediate style upgrade!
4. Ruffled bust t-shirt
Perhaps you’re very into the idea of ruffling your shirts, but you’re not so fond of the buttons all the way down like the previous idea features? The beauty of DIY projects is that there’s almost always an alternative. This style of homemade ruffled shirt gives you almost the same effect as the other one, but without the buttons. See how it’s done on All Things Heart and Home.
5. Pretty ruffled lamp shade
Do you love ruffles so much that you’d like to go beyond just wearing it? Include it in your home decor! We are absolutely in love with this ruffled lamp shade idea by Winder and Main. We also love that it’s a lot easier to make than it looks!
6. Ruffles and yarn fall wreath
Perhaps you love ruffles and want to include them in your decor scheme, but you’d like it to be a little more subtle than an entire ruffled lamp? This door wreath by Six Sisters Stuff is the perfect level of small ruffled detail for you. For the rest of the wreath, choose a coloured yarn that compliments your decor scheme and the material you chose for your ruffle!
7. Delicate ruffled pillow covering
Layered ruffles are cute, but some people prefer the look of ruffles that stay flat and cleanly lined rather than overlapping and sitting atop one another. This adorable pillow alteration tutorial by Midwestern Girl DIY shows you how to create a delicate looking throw pillow that ruffles prettily but still lines up neatly and evenly.
8. Ruffle bum baby capris
Tiny little ruffles set closely together are an absolutely adorable look for little girls. You don’t want to make them too big, though, if the little girl you have in mind is still crawling rather than walking, otherwise her knees might trip on the fabric of things like ruffled skirts and dresses. Made by Rae suggests moving ruffles to the back of the baby’s outfit entirely by lining them neatly across the bum of a pair of cutely patterned capris. You still get cute ruffles, but they won’t get wrecked.
9. Ruffle front pillow upscaling
Did you love the ruffled pillow case from earlier on the list but you’d like something with a little more attitude than those neat, even rows? Try turning your ruffled rows so they run on a diagonal angle! Melissa Esplin shows you how it’s done.
10. Ruffled toddler skirt
Made Everyday guides you step by step through the process of creating an adorably ruffled skirt for a little girl. We love that these particular ruffles are ever so slightly distressed, with stylishly unfinished ends that let them fray in a shabby chic, well-loved kind of way. It’s the perfect idea for active kids who like to dress up but are probably going to wreck whatever they’re wearing by sliding down the trunk of a tree they just climbed.
11. DIY Ruffled zipper clutch on printed fabric
Attempting Aloha suggests adding just a hint of ruffle into your daily routine by creating yourself this adorably ruffled zipping bag! You’ll be able to enjoy ruffles every day when you reach in to grab your makeup, hair supplies, or whatever else you choose to store there, without letting girly texture take over your whole outfit or home decor scheme.
12. Ruffled t-shirt scarf
As always, DIY projects that upcycle and repurpose things like clothing are some of our very favourites! If you’ve got a pile of t-shirts lying around that you like the patterns or colours of but that you don’t find yourself wearing anymore, then you’ve got just what you need to make this adorable ruffling scarf by Ruffles and Stuff.
13. Ruffled fabric tote purse
Maybe you’d like the ruffles in your outfit to be something that you add on to the look rather than a statement piece within the clothing you’re actually wearing? This way you can pick it up and put it down, depending on how you feel. This DIY ruffled tote bag with a nice, big silk flower for accent is the perfect project for you! See how it’s done on V and Co.
14. Ruffled picture t-shirts
Ruffles and Stuff teaches you how to get a little more creative with your ruffles when it comes to cute kids clothing, especially if you’re a fan of graphic tees. Check out how they made these little holiday tops by using ruffles to sketch out a simple picture.
15. Patterned, ruffled camera strap
Crap I’ve Made shows you how to add just a little bit of simple flair to your style while you’re on assignment for a photography project or even just exploring with your camera on a family vacation. We love this particular design’s combination of ruffles, polka dots, and bright colour!