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Crafts for summer: Ruffle Leg Jumper tutorial, sewing pattern

Sewing  |  August 20th 2011  |  0 Comment
Supplies Needed:
1 yard of main fabric
Less than 1/2 yard for ruffles
1 package extra wide double fold bias tape
Coordinating thread
Sewing Machine
Start by making a pattern.  Grab a pair of your child’s pants and a top ( I used a romper she already had).
Your pattern piece should look like this.
Cut four pieces.
Next cut your ruffle pieces.  You need two 21″ x 3 1/2″ pieces and two 21″ x 6 1/2″ pieces.
Start with the jumper pieces.  Take one front and back (they’re the same) piece and lay them on top of one another with the right sides facing each other.  Pin and sew where indicated in the picture below.  Do the same for the remaing front and back pieces.
Next open up your pieces and pin them together with the right sides facing each other and sew the “U” together,
When you open it up and flip it around it should start to look like the jumper.  Next we will sew the sides shut.     With the right sides facing each other again.
Now lets turn it right side out. We’re gonna make the arm holes.  Fold the jumper in half and smooth it out.  Measure about 3″ down and cut through all four pieces and the same time.  It’s easiest with a rotary cutter.
Open it up and there are the arm holes.  Exciting, I know.
Now lets add the bias tape.
Cut two pieces the same length as the top.  Carefully pin and sew making sure your fabric is tucked into the bias tape.  Do this for the front and back.


Now cut two pieces for the straps.  You can cut them as long as you’d like.  It just depends on how long you want them to hang.  I think mine were about 30″ each.  Fold the first strap in half and pin to the middle of the arm whole.  This way your ties will be even.  Carefully pin around the arm and sew.
We’re almost done!
Grab your ruffle pieces.  Hem one side (lengthwise) of all four pieces.
Next lay your smaller pieces on top of the larger pieces with the raw edges together.  Sew them together with your largest straight stitch.  Mine is 4.  DO NOT backstitch!
Take your thread and pull it so your fabric bunches up.


Bunch it up until it matches the width of your legs.  Then sew your ruffles shut.
I cut a little bit off the legs to get the length I wanted.
Now wrap your ruffle around the pant leg so the right sides are facing and the raw edge matches up.  Pin and sew or serge if you are awesome.  I am not…yet.


Pull your ruffles down and your done!  I think this is the cutest thing I’ve ever made.  :)  I love it and the little giggler loves it too!




Crafts for summer: Ruffle Leg Jumper tutorial,

sewing pattern