Fresh and Clean new look to my curtains!


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!
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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Kaysi posted on January 18, 2010 at 11:24 am (#

    I love this! So cute! Thanks for sharing

  2. Treasia Stepp posted on January 18, 2010 at 12:12 pm (#

    I love the new curtains. Bright, fresh and clean.

  3. Amanda K posted on January 18, 2010 at 12:14 pm (#

    What fun curtains! It gives such a different feel to that window.

  4. Kammy posted on January 18, 2010 at 12:38 pm (#

    So cute and a cool way to recycle !

  5. Lou Cinda posted on January 18, 2010 at 1:44 pm (#

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

    I wish I could sew!

    Lou Cinda

  6. Amy@TheLemonCottage posted on January 18, 2010 at 6:07 pm (#

    Very cute!
    I love the polka dots.

  7. Cha Cha posted on January 18, 2010 at 6:19 pm (#

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

    Cha Cha

  8. ::cottage instincts:: posted on January 18, 2010 at 8:48 pm (#

    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!

  9. Laurel @ Ducks in a Row posted on January 19, 2010 at 8:21 am (#

    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!

  10. Whimsical Creations posted on January 19, 2010 at 12:33 pm (#

    How cute!

  11. Kim -today's creative blog posted on January 19, 2010 at 4:23 pm (#


  12. Queenplinker posted on January 19, 2010 at 6:19 pm (#

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

  13. Leah posted on January 19, 2010 at 7:13 pm (#

    very cute! loved that you didn't even have to run out and buy more fabric!~

  14. Tiffany posted on January 19, 2010 at 9:21 pm (#

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

  15. mommabear posted on January 20, 2010 at 9:45 am (#

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


  16. Its So Very Cheri posted on January 20, 2010 at 10:36 pm (#

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

  17. Steph @ somewhatsimple posted on January 21, 2010 at 9:01 am (#

    those are so fun!

  18. Scott+Tiffany posted on January 21, 2010 at 9:42 am (#

    oh they're so cute!

  19. Enchanted Rose Studio posted on January 21, 2010 at 10:49 am (#

    The ruffle gives it a more tailored look! Fantastic job!


  20. One Cheap B*tch posted on January 21, 2010 at 12:10 pm (#

    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?!

  21. Debbie @ posted on January 21, 2010 at 12:59 pm (#

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

  22. Mimi posted on January 22, 2010 at 1:39 pm (#

    Cute! Wish I could sew…

  23. Threeundertwo posted on January 22, 2010 at 2:17 pm (#

    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!

  24. Glenda/MidSouth posted on January 22, 2010 at 2:18 pm (#

    Great job!

  25. Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien posted on January 22, 2010 at 3:21 pm (#

    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!

  26. Stephanie Lynn posted on January 22, 2010 at 3:58 pm (#

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

  27. Elizabeth (blue clear sky) posted on January 22, 2010 at 4:59 pm (#

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

  28. Jan ~ BellaCasa posted on January 22, 2010 at 9:48 pm (#

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

    Thanks for sharing this.

  29. Marianne@Songbird posted on January 23, 2010 at 3:32 am (#

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

  30. Lisa @ akawest posted on January 23, 2010 at 11:25 am (#

    Your curtains are adorable!

  31. Mademoiselle from Armentières posted on January 23, 2010 at 8:44 pm (#

    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..

  32. Judi posted on January 24, 2010 at 5:33 pm (#

    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

  33. Its So Very Cheri posted on January 30, 2010 at 12:39 am (#

    I want to let you know that I have a BIG give-a-way starting on Sunday and it will be really fun. I am calling it SPREADING THE LOVE–cuz I love my FOLLOWERS. There are lots of gifts, from really cool vendors. Each week there will be SEVERAL winners–that is right it will be going on all month long. So you can come back each week and leave me a comment, to put your name in.

    You don't have to have a blog–you can e-mail me to enter your name.

    Followers get their name in once and if you have my button on your side bar your name will go in 5 more times.

    If you can double check your READER to see if you are getting my posts I would really appreciate it–for some reason Google has picked on me since the start of my blog and I always end up having them not post every few weeks.


  34. burlap + blue posted on February 9, 2010 at 8:02 am (#

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

  35. katie posted on April 12, 2010 at 12:51 pm (#

    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! :)

  36. kathyfannon posted on March 29, 2012 at 1:07 pm (#

    Oooo! I love the updated color and curtain rod too! Very cute! I envy people who can sew!