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I am loving the soft white curtains I finally made for my kitchen! I knew I needed to pick a white fabric to keep the sunshine coming through!
This is what the curtains looked liked when we moved in…just not my style!

So here’s how I made the curtains… sorry I didn’t take more pictures during the process.
First I went to Jo-Ann’s and found some material. I bought about 1 yd of the polkadot and 1/2 yard of the stripes. I took measurement and cute where it needed to be cut, and then I folded the edge in about 1/2 in. I sewed a straight line around the whole thing. For the ruffle I sewed a long stitch leaving the string on both sides so I could pull it together to create the ruffle. After the striped fabric was ruffled I sewed that to the polka dot. AND this is where I messed it up.
I don’t know if you can see from the picture but you can see the raw edge…whoops! I really hate picking out all the stitches so I decided to think of an alternative.
I was all out of fabric and it was late… so I went through the clothes I was going to give away this week and found a white undershirt. I also found a few other things I can save for fabric! YES!
I cut 1 inch strips and ruffled them all. Then I pinned them over my mistake and wahlah!
I’m actually glad I messed up because I LOVE how the ruffle turned out!!
Awe MUCH better! Curtains make all the difference… now go make some!
 Here’s the updated version w/ our kitchen makeover!
Jamielyn Nye is the owner and managing editor of I Heart Nap Time. She aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. Her unique projects have been featured on many popular websites, including: BHG, Martha Stewart, Fox, ABC, People, Parents and more. When she’s not creating . . . Jamielyn loves to chase her two little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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36 Responses to “Fresh and Clean new look to my curtains!”

  1. Lou Cinda

    Too cute!! I love this! The fabric the ruffle, everything!

    I wish I could sew!

    Lou Cinda

  2. Cha Cha

    How clever, I love the dots, they make me smile. You did a great job, thanks for the inspiration.

    Cha Cha

  3. ::cottage instincts::

    Oh my gosh…I'm just getting ready to add a ruffle to the bottom of curtains I made for my master bedroom. Maybe I should mess up on purpose so I can add that sassy wee ruffle too :)

    Glad you could Mi4M!

  4. Laurel @ Ducks in a Row

    Those are darling – I just saw some ruffle curtains at Target, but they weren't the right length and I knew I would need to make them. I love the little ruffles!

  5. Queenplinker

    I have such a "thang" for white ruffles lately. Even started my own curtains. Hope they look half as good!
    Lynea :0)

  6. Tiffany

    I really love your ingenious thriftiness! The curtains turned out adorable-big improvement! Thanks for sharing!

  7. mommabear

    WOW!!! I absolutely LOVE your curtains! They are so romantic looking with the ruffles. You did a GREAT job!!!


  8. Its So Very Cheri

    I think they are darling.
    Came by to follow you as well. Thanks for following me.

  9. One Cheap B*tch

    The ruffles make them look exquisite! I've found myself into ruffles lately which is weird b/c I went 38 years not being into ruffles?!

  10. Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com

    Wow these turned out great. You did such a good job on them! Love the look!

  11. Threeundertwo

    Necessity is the mother of invention. The ruffle is perfect! I love the polka-dot fabric you picked. Great job.

    Thanks so much for joining in on Finished for Friday. Hope to see you again!

  12. Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien

    Great job!!! I love the extra ruffle on the curtains to cover the "mistake"….it really made them even cuter! I so want to make curtains myself, since they can be so expensive, but I'm not the world's greatest sewer, so I haven't attempted it yet! Kudos to you!

  13. Stephanie Lynn

    I love the ruffle – The white makes such a difference. You did a fantastic job!

  14. Elizabeth (blue clear sky)

    Your curtains are fresh and so cute! I love the polka dots and the extra ruffle is the perfect touch.

  15. Jan ~ BellaCasa

    I can certainly see why you like your kitchen curtains so much and what a great idea on the ruffle!

    Thanks for sharing this.

  16. Marianne@Songbird

    Sometimes messing up is such a blessing (I speak of experience). Cute curtains!

  17. Mademoiselle from Armentières

    Awww, I wish I could sew! I need new kitchen curtains & the stores don't carry anything pretty.
    If I do find ruffles, they are usually tiny ones..

  18. Judi

    Your new curtains look awesome. You were meant to make that little mistake the first time around…look what your clever thoughts made you come up with. It looks great!
    Thank you for sharing
    have a lovely evening

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  20. burlap + blue

    Those polka dots rock! And you definitely had me at "ruffles"…these curtains are adorable!

  21. katie

    Question for you… how did you do the curtain hooks at the top? Did you sew holes in the top for each hook? What kind of hooks are they? Thanks SO much! I'm so going to do this! :)