Make a Ruffle Top in Just 5 Minutes

4 Materials
$15
5 Minutes
Easy

I like to ruffle things up when it comes to fashion and I’m going to show you how you can make a simple ruffle top in just 5 minutes. The best part is that you get to choose your own fabric and color so that you can customize it to your wardrobe! Have you got 5 minutes to spare? Get your materials and let’s get the tutorial started!

Ruffle top

Tools and materials:

  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine
  • Pins or fabric clips
DIY ruffle top

Measure fabric

I measured from my chest to where I want the top to stop and cut out a strip of fabric.

Sew a ruffle top

Cut, cut, cut!

Measure and cut the strip at 45 inches.

How to sew a ruffle top

Make strips

Using the same 45-inch length, cut two separate strips. One at 5.5 inches in width and the other, 3.5 inches wide.

DIY ruffle top tutorial

Fold and cut

Fold your main fabric into two and cut along the fold so you have two, identical pieces.

Ruffle top tutorial

Pin and sew

 Pin one side together and sew along the edges.




How to make a ruffle top

Pin the strips

Take your shorter length strip and pin it, the wrong side up, right on top of the seams of the bigger piece.

Make a ruffle top

Next, place the 5.5-inch strip on top of the 3.5-inch strip and clip in place.

Sew pieces together

Sew the pieces

Using elastic thread, sew the pieces together, leaving a few inches of seam allowance from the edge. The elastic thread will automatically create a gather-like structure.

Pull and gather

Pull the thread

Once your pieces are sewn in place, pull and gather the thread so that it fits your size.

Flip the layers

Flip the layers and sew a side seam

Once you’re done gathering the layers, flip them over to the right side of the top.

Pin the side seams

Before you sew the side seams, ensure the layers are placed on the right side of the top. Clip the seams in place and sew along the sides using a zigzag stitch.

Make a waistline

Make the waist tie

Mark where you want the waist tie to be using measuring tape and pen. Repeat the process for the back part of the top.

Cut small snips

Fold the shirt where you marked your lines and make tiny snips around the top.

Cut a long strip

Cut out an elongated strip from your remaining fabric; this will be for the waist tie.

Cut out smaller strips

Also, cut out four smaller strips for the straps. Roll the fabric so that it rolls into a snake-like structure.

Feed through the strip

Attach a pin to one side of the longer strip and feed it through the snips, going over and under each gap.


Pin and sew on your straps, two on each side. Tie them on your shoulders at your preferred length.

Trendy ruffle top

5 minutes is up and you now have yourself an awesome ruffle top! That was quick and the results speak for themselves! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and remember, go for any color or print that you wish, this is your creation.

Suggested materials:

  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
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