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You’ll create ruffles by cutting a strip that is the width you want using the guidelines above, and anywhere from 1½ to 2 times the length of the perimeter of your quilt to create the border. The more you gather the strip, the thicker and more lush the ruffle will be. You can apply the ruffled border before or after quilting, depending on the look you want and your skill level. Make sure to share a picture with us if you try this technique!
A fully-folded border, where you’ll cut a strip that is twice the size of your desired finished width plus seam allowance, then fold in in half and press before gathering. A hemmed border, which would be cut to the desired width (plus a seam allowance) + ½” for the hem. You’ll need to hem this border before ruffling it. A finished edge border, created with a rolled hem or serged finish, which can be cut to the desired width plus seam allowance.