Shirred Triple Ruffle Top

Hi! I’m Amy and I blog over at Nap Time Crafters. Home to over 100 free Tutorials, Giveaways, the Friday Favs Party and the American Crafter Competition. You’ll also find over 50 darling PDF patterns over at Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop

Today I’m here to share a tutorial with you for this darling Shirred Triple Ruffle Top!

Sure to make any 2 year old exclaim “oooo… pretty!” and dance in delight.

Pair it with some quick korker bows and you’re all set!


1/4 yard in 3 fabrics (I used Riley Blake’s Delighted line)
1/2 yard solid (Bella Solids in fig tree cream)
Thread (So Fine in Pearl)
Saddle Stitch Ribbon
Korker Bow Supplies
Fray Check
Elastic Thread

1. Let’s get our pieces ready. Since the bodice is shirred you want to widen it by approximately 150%. Mine was 15″ wide by 3.5″ tall for a 2T. You also a piece of lining between the 1st and 2nd ruffle and 2nd and 3rd ruffle. My lining pieces were 15×3″. Cut 2 of each piece.

2. With right side together sew the the lining pieces together at the side seams. You should now have 2 rows of lining sewn into loops.

3. Next you need to cut your ruffles. Mine were 4″ (1″ taller than the lining) and 30″ wide. I sewed 2 pieces together for each row so they ended up being 60″ wide- twice the width of my lining. With right sides together sew the short ends of each ruffle together to form 3 rows sewn into loops.

4. Hem the bottom of each ruffle (I folded over 1/4″ twice and topstitched) and then gather the top edge of each ruffle to match the width of the lining.

5. With right sides together sew the top edge of the bottom ruffle to the bottom edge of one of the lining pieces.

6. Line up the top edge of your middle ruffle with the top edge of the same lining piece from the previous step. The wrong side of the ruffle should be against the right side of the lining. Then add your 2nd lining piece on top with right sides together and sew all 3 layers together

When you’re finished you should have this:

7. Finish the top edge of both bodice pieces by folding over 1/4″ twice and topstitching. Then shir the bodice by sewing parallel lines with regular thread on top and elastic thread in your bobbin. I have a Brother with a drop-in bobbin and it worked well for me to machine wind the bobbin and use a 3.5 stitch length setting. If you have a bobbin case you may want to hand wind the bobbin making sure to not stretch the thread as you go.

The Ribbon Retreat has two shirring tutorials. You can find one for hand winding here, and one for a drop-in bobbin here.

After you’ve sewn all of your lines, steam the bodice with your iron and it will shrink and gather (my bodice gathered some as I was shirring but steaming it made a huge difference).

8. Sew the front and back bodice pieces together at the side seams with right sides together.

9. To finish the armholes, I turned the edge over 1/4″ towards the wrong side. Then I topstitched ribbon in place on the wrong side of the fabric right along the saddle stitch lines to fully enclose the raw edge. Leave nice long ribbon tails to form your straps.

10. Add your top ruffle to the top edge of your lining piece with the wrong side of the ruffle against the right side of the lining (just like in step 6). Then add the bodice to the top with right sides together and sew all 3 layers together.

For the korker bows you can use The Ribbon Retreat’s free How to Make Korker Ribbon and Korker Bows tutorial.

Have fun sewing and feel free to stop by and say hello anytime. 🙂


Thank you so much Amy!

This top is absolutely adorable and perfect for summer!

Amy has lots of fun tutorials on Nap Time Crafters so be sure to check out her blog.

If you loved this fabric, check out more of Delighted by The Quilted Fish for Riley Blake by clicking on the link.

If you have great tutorials and a fun idea you would like to share on The Ribbon Retreat Blog,
please submit a project.

Have a great day! 🙂

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  1. Posted April 3, 2012 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    This is soooo cute!! I love the fabrics you chose too – so fun for spring!

  2. Posted April 3, 2012 at 11:32 am | Permalink

    Very Nice! I will be storing this pattern for later use!

  3. April Bryant
    Posted April 4, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    Super cute. Totally making this for my granddaughters.

  4. Cassie
    Posted May 4, 2012 at 6:52 am | Permalink

    Thanks for showing the saddle stitch ribbon for finishing arm seams, I have been agonizing over those darn things in my pillowcase dresses….now I won’t have to 🙂

  5. Posted July 4, 2012 at 12:44 am | Permalink

    so absolutely cute! cute top and super cute model!

    I linked to your tutorial on my blog – thanks for sharing!

    doro K.

    • The Ribbon Retreat
      Posted July 4, 2012 at 12:55 am | Permalink

      Thanks Doro! Thanks for the feature on your blog! – Shirley 🙂

  6. Ashley
    Posted August 8, 2012 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    Ooooh! I could see using those jellyrolls from Moda. My mother quilts and she sometimes has extra binding strips from her projects.

  7. Rikke
    Posted October 12, 2012 at 6:19 am | Permalink

    I just LOVE this sweet & girly top – thanx for a great DIY and idea 🙂

  8. Posted May 8, 2013 at 4:06 am | Permalink

    Actually first time i knew about how to make ruffle top, Whatever explain that ruffle top i can understand but i have some doubt can you describe me how can i made ruffle long top with off shoulder in terms of frock design? Anyways, your post is looking so beautiful because of this baby and good explanation.

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