Ruffled Curtain Tutorial
**Fabric in your choice of color (I purchased 4yds. I have long windows though) The amount you purchase is going to be based on your measurements for your particular window. I used the width of the fabric 45" for my window and then a little over 2 yds for the length. So basically you will just add 6" to the width of your window and then just measure where the curtain will stop down to where you want it to stop and add 4" to that measurement. (clear as mud!)You are also going to want to cut (I cut 22 and had some extra) strips of 2 1/2" fabric by the width of the fabric (45").
You are going to take your fabric and fold it in half length wise.
Then fold it in half again.
And again. Now you are going to iron the heck out of it so that you have creases where it is folded.
This is what it should look like after you have ironed it.
I serged the edge of my strips of fabric and then attached them all together to make one long strip. Once you have done that you are going to want to put your sewing machine on its longest stitch and put your tension setting on the highest it will go. Then sew down the middle of the strip until it is all ruffled. (it should ruffle itself by doing those 2 things to your machine)
Here is what it looks like as it starts to ruffle itself.
Here is my big pile of ruffles. Oh, and Gracie!
The lines I had you iron into your curtain are for ruffle placement. I placed my ruffles on there to see if I had enough to do every line I had ironed onto the curtain. Obviously, I didn't cut it to try this out I just swagged it back and forth. I didn't have enough so I decided to do a pattern of 3 lines then skip 1. Start pinning your ruffles down, when you get to the end of a line cut the ruffle and start on the next line. This part took a little while.
This is what mine looked like all pinned up.
Now you want to sew them down. I sewed down the middle right next to the ruffling stitch. After I sewed down the middle I did pull out the ruffling stitch which was no biggie because it is such a large stitch.
You want to iron the top and bottom of the curtain down by 1/2" each. Do not turn them down again because we are going to do the sides first.
Iron down the sides of the curtain 1/2". Do this on both sides of the curtain.
Then, repeat the last step and iron down the edge again by 5/8"-3/4". You should have a nice edge now. Do this on both sides of the curtain.
Sew about a 5/8" from the edge on both sides of the curtain. Make sure you keep your ruffles flat as you sew them.
Next you will iron the bottom up 5/8".
Sew about 5/8" from the bottom of the curtain.
Measure down about 2" maybe a smidge more. This will be the "sleeve" for the curtain rod.
I sewed about a 2" seam here so that the curtain rod would fit through the opening.
Here is the before picture of my bathroom w/out any curtains, but it did have broken blinds and a roman shade (which is a total piece).