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Monday, April 29, 2013

Ruffle Curtains (Circle Ruffles)

One thing I've loved about being part of the Point of View this year is that sometimes gives me the push to complete projects that have hung out on my to-do list for too long.  Like a year.

I read some blogs where the (amazing) author is able to pound out a whole bedroom makeover in a weekend.  I honestly don't know how they do it!  Mostly I'm lucky if I can get a picture frame painted, or a fabric flower made in a day.

But anyway, I've had this idea for ruffled curtains for my girls' room for a quite a while now, and knew that I wanted to do vertical ruffles, instead of horizontal ones.  I found a couple of different tutorials but they didn't quite have the look I was going for.

Then I learned about circle ruffles in the post about a ruffled shower curtain at the Rooster and the Hen.  And tucked the idea away for later.   More recently I saw this post with short curtain rods by House of Hepworths and decided that "skinny" curtains would be perfect for their window since there are already blinds there and the little window seat underneath.

So finally armed with all my ideas I went to Ikea and bought 2 bygel rods and 1 package of vivan curtains (it had two panels in it)  I actually looked for sheets first, but didn't find any colors or patterns that I loved for the right price.   The curtains were $10 and the 21 inch rails were 2.99 each.

After ironing, I cut 1 panel in half (top to bottom direction) and folded back the "casing" at the top of the curtain so there would still be hole for the rod to go through, and hemmed the cut side.  

Then I hemmed the bottoms to be the right length for when they were hung)  

I made my circle pattern and started cutting circles out from the other curtain panel.  

The diameter of my outer circle is 14 inches, and the diameter of the inner circle is 4 inches, so that makes the width of the actual ruffle about 5 inches.  I got lucky and just barely had enough fabric to make all my strips.  (in some places I was only able to cut a half-circle)  

If you were going to recreate this exactly, I'd say to buy another package of curtains to make sure you have plenty.

(You could also do just 2 strips of ruffles down each curtain instead of 3 like I did, then you'd have enough)

Here's how you build the ruffles:  After circles are cut and inner circle has also been cut, start sewing end to end.  I ended up needing 6 for 1 strip of ruffles down my curtain.  Pin ruffle strips down the curtain and sew in place.  I placed my ruffles so the "faced away" from the center.  This is the curtain for the left side of the window.  The curtain for the right side will have ruffles going the other direction:

Slide rod through the loop at the top of the curtain and then attach the rods to the wall--that's one tricky thing about these since they're not *really* curtain rods...once they're installed, you can't take the curtains back off without removing all the hardware.

I'd love to hear what you think?  Did I accomplish my goal of having fun ruffle-y curtains without them being "too much" for the room?

Be sure to visit the Point of View link party as well, to share or get more ideas for what to do with Windows!



  1. These look amazing! I love the ruffles. Just the right amount of girlie, but not over the top.

  2. Super cute! You can't go wrong with ruffles!

  3. These are gorgeous! I love how the ruffles fold like that- just enough ruffle!!

  4. Very cute. You got me thinking...I need living room curtains!

  5. So elegant ! Love the ruffles!
    Have a wonderful week!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  6. Steph, thank you so much for stopping by my blog and commenting on my Upcycled Denim first aid case!!

    and the curtains look AMAZING! I want to make some for our bedroom!!!! :)


  7. I'm really liking the ruffles! I was wondering if I could pull off some ruffles in my home just the other day. Haven't decided yet but I'm liking the look of yours, for sure!

  8. Those are adorable curtains!!! I have to remember your idea!
    Don't let the "time" problem bother you one bit!! The folks that do a "makeover" in a weekend spent MANY hours prior to that weekend getting everything ready!! I know that to be true because I have been sewing like a crazy person to get everything ready to "makeover" my den this coming weekend :^)
    Blessings to you,

  9. LOVE these! i blogged last week about creating our curtains "on the cheap" (why are curtains oh, so expensive!?). i'm happy with the way mine turned out, but they still need SOMETHING, and i'm thinking i might have to try what you did here!

    thanks for sharing!
    Happy Wednesday!

  10. Thanks for linking to Take-a-Look Tuesday over at Sugar Bee Crafts - you were featured yesterday!!
    -Mandy, www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

  11. Um, love! I want ruffle curtains in my bedroom. Yours turned out so pretty!


  12. So cool! I've always wondered how to make ruffles like that! Love your curtains...they're perfect.

  13. So pretty. I love ruffles.

    I’d love for you to check out our Pattern Party! Those with free patterns and templates to share are invited to link up!

  14. Love these curtains!! QUESTION-- Have they frayed? I'm guessing that's a raw edge on the circle ruffles?????? Thanks! I'm trying to start this same project!

    1. Right, no finishing done on the edges and they still look great. They aren't getting handled of course, but we've had no problem.

  15. what type of fabric are the curtains made of?

  16. I would run a zig zag stitch on fraying materials and you could always use polyester because it doesn't fray much...very cute........got me thinking