Ruffle tutorial

We have this area in the play/mud/craft room that stores all the large toys.
It’s right above the cabinets and it looks really ugly. 
I decided the space was in need of some ruffled curtains. 
For about $100 I could of bought one of these beauties:

white ruffle shower curtain
Pottery Barn
Ruffle Rings Drape
Sticking to my budget I made my own for $10.00.
The Easy no fuss way to make ruffles
A few years back we turned some painters tarps into outdoor drapes and thought this would be the perfect solution for this room as well.
This is so easy, YOU can do this!
Cut fabric into long thin strips.
Sew your sides to prevent them from fraying or do what I did and cut them with these scissors for some added interest.


Start sewing your ruffles. 
 I bunched the fabric with my fingers and then pushed it through the machine so the stitch would be in the middle of the strip of fabric.



When you get to the end of one strip, tuck the end under and add your next strip on top.
Keep going until your left with a whole bunch of beautiful ruffles!

Sophie sure liked them!

You can find the finished mudroom here.
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  1. I Looooove it, Kristin! Such a darling idea! Looks like Sophie gave them the stamp of approval. She is too cute! Can't wait to see how the new drapes look in the reveal. I can see doing this technique on pillows, too. Very cute!

  2. Hello,

    You have me so intrigued! Ruffles, say no more. It's going to look so pretty. I was looking at those same curtains from PB.
    Love ruffles. I need to learn how to sew.
    Take care. Can't wait to see!

  3. You know me and ruffles! Love, love love them! Those are gorgeous, Kristin! I can't wait to see them hanging in your mud room. You are moving along quickly with the mud room. How fun! Sophie is a doll!

  4. Oh this is so cute and funny. I laughed when I saw that precious baby standing in the middle of it all. Isn't that the way it goes with ruffles…almost finished!?!… and sewing and sewing and sewing and….
    They're going to be beautiful! Love the DIY!

  5. I love the ruffled look. I just bought Pottery Barn curtains for my daughters room (the pinched at the top ones?)And just bought painters tarp for a project I plan to do and blog about. I can't wait to see your curtains done, maybe they'll match my project…

  6. That is going to look gorgeous. Sophie is twin to my dog Paris.She is too cute! I am going to try and snap a pic of my dogs. They are camera shy like their mom. They take off when they see a camera, but I'LL KEEP TRYING.

  7. Oh, I love that! I have so many drop cloths leftover from my failed curtains. . . maybe I can try this for a shower curtain! You are so clever. Anxious to see the reveal.

  8. oh thanks for the anthro inspiration- i really love these…

    so those cushions i was going to finish are pushed aside again for another new project!!

    melissa xx

  9. I LOVE this~beautiful! I have to start working on sewing again. I FINALLY learned how to do a little,then my daughter took the entire bobbin holder out and it took Forever for us to get it back in right. Now, the needle keeps getting stuck and pulls all the thread out in knots??? Oh well…maybe soon.

  10. I love this I too have been drooling over the antrho and PB ones you listed but your idea is even better and will have added textures for interest. Oh I cannot wait to see the finished result!

  11. OH MY GOSH!! I am dancing with excitement over here! I LOVE this idea! I adore ruffles and covet those curtains from PB and Anthro!! Thank you so much for this Kristin, you are so creative and yet again I am inspired by you!!!
    I can't wait to see them hung up!!

  12. Looking at your blog is like going to Home Depot —-
    I think I can do anything…….

    If I buy a sewing machine ya think I could do that??

    And no fair – tease!! I want to see the finished product!

  13. I totally love this idea. I have been saving up for the Anthro version- guess i have a Spring Break project now 🙂

  14. I love the prettiness of ruffles! Can't wait to see everything completed.

    P.S. Sophie is so cute! 🙂


  15. Hello Kristin,

    Sophie is adorable! I am thinking about putting ruffled curtains on the sliding glass doors in my master bedroom. You make it sound easy. I really need to invest in a sewing machine. Any suggestions? There are so many projects I want to try.

    Like everyone else, I am dying to see the final reveal!


  16. So pretty! Maybe I'll do that for my bedroom…affordable and so pretty!! The problem is you give me too many ideas!!! That pup is so super cute I can't even stand it. I'd love to see her next to my dog. Come over and visit, I have a giveaway and there is a print that looks just like Sophie! 🙂

  17. I know these will be good! Hurry, we need to see them soon! The anticipation may kill some of us….me included!

  18. I can't wait to see how it all turns out! Everything on it's own is so beautiful so I can only imagine what it is all going to look like together!

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