As early as two or three years old, I was told I had a keen interest in watching my grandmother sit and sew for hours. I remember the view I had sitting near her. She had a cool used Singer machine that had the manual foot pedal. She would make anything from pillow cases, kitchen floor mats, dish towels, aprons, even dresses for my sister and I. Sometimes our dresses would match the kitchen floor mats and hand towels! Not cool but we knew no better at the time. Granny would use whatever leftover scrap material she had and made something else with it. I was born in Guyana (South America), and at that time, nothing went to waste. I am sure it was like that (and still is) in a lot of countries. Up-cycling and recycling was a way of life and a must.
So, here I am, 34 plus years later, and I am asking her how she really made some of the things she made...particularly her ruffled floor mats. As a child, I saw her making them and saw the end results but never had it really explained. She used to make these beautiful ruffled mats with tiny pieces of scrap cloth of different patterns and colors...I absolutely love them.
I searched my home for scrap cloth I had laying around and found an old piece of inexpensive suit lining. I had bought it many years ago to make bows for my throw pillows but never got around to it.
I asked my grandma to show me how to make this but with one color. She took the cloth and cut it into roughly 3.5 inch strips. The strips were about 4 feet long.They can be any length but this is what I had.
To make these ruffles: fold the 3.5 inch strip of material in half and stitch using a ruffle making foot or doing it by tucking and sewing at the same time... Not the neatest ruffles but it does not matter at this time...you'll see.
She made piles and piles of ruffles in no time! It reminded me of the old story of Rumpelstiltskin and the young girl spinning straw into gold. I had her hard at work :)
If not keep sewing until all the ruffles reach the very middle. Your plate of desert or food will still sit pretty on it.
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