oodles of ruffles shower curtain

As I promised here is a tutorial for the newly named "Oodles of Ruffles" shower curtain!


I was having camera issues for a while, so I didnt get as many pictures as I would have liked, but I think it simple enough you'll get it with the few pictures I have. If you have ANY questions feel free to leave them in the comments sections and I'll do my best to answer them. :)

Supplies:

1- white fabric shower curtain ( got mine a walmarts for about $9.00)
3 yds. of white fabric
3 yds. of  light pink fabric
3 yds of medium pink fabric
3 yds. of dark pink fabric
(You could use any colors you want! Get creative with it!)
coordinating thread
sewing machine
ruffler attachment


STEP 1:

The first thing I did was cut the top part with the holes off of the bought shower curtain. (If you wanted to, you could buy extra white fabric and make your own shower curtain "foundation" but you'll have to figure that one out. I dont think it would be hard, but its worth the $9 to me to skip all that mess! )


STEP 2:

Next, I cut the white fabric in to 9in long strips and sewed them together horizontally into one loooooooog strip.

STEP 3:

When you have the ends sewn together its time to hem the bottom edge of the ruffle. Fold and press the edge 1/4 in then do fold it again and press. Stitch it down. (Don't look at my ugly old ironing board! I'll make a new cover someday!)




STEP 4:

The next step depends on weather or not you have a handy-dandy-ruffler attachment or not. If you do simply put it on your sewing machine and ruffle the top/raw edge of the strip. (If you want you can serge or zig-zag the raw edge first.)

If you don't have a ruffler then you will have to do a gathering stitch and hand-gather the ruffle.

*If you and your ruffler attachment dont get along I have found a great tutorial about using your ruffler! My ruffler and I were not friends for a long time until I found this! Here is the link to the tutorial: The Ruffler: Unruffled!




STEP 5:

Now that you have you strip ruffled you will lay it out on the curtain and see how long you need it. Cut it to length allowing some room to hem the side edges. Hem the side edges and them line it up with the raw edge of the freshly cut bought shower curtain and pin it down. You can stitch it down now or go ahead and put the top you cut off (remember right-sides together!) down, pin it, and stitch it all at once.


STEP 6:

Once its all stitched all together, take out all the pins and then fold back raw edged towards the top to the shower curtain and stitch down.

STEP 7:

Now, lay it all flat and flip ruffle up. Measure from the seam of the first ruffle down 6in. Mark it all the way across the curtain with a fabric pencil. Line the ruffle up with the shower curtain along the markings you drew and cut to length (allow room to hem) and hem raw edges.

STEP 8:

Pin the ruffle with hemmed sides down on your shower curtain along markings and stitch it down. (The bottom of the ruffle above will cover the top of the ruffle below it.)

STEP 9:

And repeat steps 5 - 8 until you have four white strips sewn on to the shower curtain.

STEP 10:

Now repeat steps 2 - 8 for each of the different colors of fabric. You should have four ruffles of each color- 16 ruffles in all.



When you are done hang it proudly and enjoy!



I hope this is easy to understand! Like I said before, if you have any questions feel free to let me know in the comments section!

Happy ruffling!



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50 comments:

  1. Thank you for the tutorial! I showed your post to my handsome hubby and asked him if I could make some ruffled curtains for our living room. He surprised me by saying, "Yes!" I'm thrilled! Now, to find the fabric.

    And, just have to say, that photo of the curtain on the bed....a ruffled bedspread would be oh-so-romantic!

    Deborah
    Homemaker Honey
    homemakerhoney.com
    homemakerhoney @gmail .com

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  2. This is sooooooo pretty! I love the use of a spectrum of a single color. Thanks so much for the tutorial.

    I'm your newest follower.

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  3. @Homemaker HoneyI think it would make a beautiful curtain in the living room or a bead spread! Thanks for the comments! It makes my day to see them!

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  4. @P? @ $ � � ?$ ?�0?...Taknks! The only thiing I like more than commentsis a new followers! Yipee!

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  5. OMG, this is gorgeous! I never would have thought to have put ruffles on a shower curtain! Now the serious question, do you sell these for us non-sewing types?

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  6. @Sarah SmithThanks Sarah! I do not currently sell these, but I would consider doing a custom listing if you were interested! ;) have you been to my Etsy shop?

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    1. I was wondering the same about buying them from you. I will check out your site on etsy, and maybe we can talk pricing? I have ordered a similar comforter for my daughter's room ( http://www.overstock.com/#product-detail ) and this would match perfectly for her curtains.

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  7. Im reading this on my tablet, so the pictures are kinda small, but i have a question. I am only counting three strips of each color in the final curtain and the instructions say to sew four of each color. Am i missing something? {which is probably totally the case!}

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  8. This is so cute!! I don't know how to sew, but thinking this would be adorable behind my bed, like a headboard.

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  9. I love this shower curtian. I have drapes from target with this same concept but all in white and not as cute as this. I think this just might be my next project.

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  10. A definite project for my daughters' rooms! they need curtains and they would love these! Thanks for the tute...but could you provide a link on how to create ruffles by hand? I don't have a "ruffler".

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    1. Hi Denise! An easy way to hand ruffle: you will need a long string of yarn and one of these strips. Take a safety pin and pin the yarn to the ironed hem line you will sew. Sew the strip like normal, but in one of the long side hems, you will take the yarn string and sew it inside of the hem. Be careful not to sew the yarn to the strip. Once you are finished, you will "ruffle" and pin the strip to the shower curtain all the while bunching the fabric down the yarn.once you have ruffled and pinned the strip to your liking, Sew ruffle to shower curtain. Sew the small holes where the yarn went thru and thats it. Its really very easy! Just takes a bit more time. And there you go! On more sheer or delicate fabrics you can use fishing line!
      ~Janetta Ellis~

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  11. First let me say that this is GORGEOUS! But doing the math in my head, it isn't cheap. LOL!
    You did a great job!
    Have a lovely day.
    Kim

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  12. @AmyHi Amy! Im so glad you like the curtain! You are right. There are three ruffles on the top two and then four on the middle two. Im sorry for the confusion! You can do whatever number of ruffles in each color you choose though! Make it yours, the way you like it! :) <3 Leah

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  13. @AnonymousIf you can cut the strips of fabric and do a strait stich to stich them together, then another strait stich to hem them then you could use fabric adhesive to attach the ruffles to the curtain! Give it a try! I'm sure your better at it than you think! <3 Leah

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  14. @DanielleI've seen those too, but like you I love having the colors! You can use whatever colors you want too! ;) <3 Leah

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  15. So impressive! If only I could sew... :)

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  16. I just pinned you to my board on Pinterest!!

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  17. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing

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  18. @KatieYou should try! Im totally self taught! All you need is a little practice, and I'm sure you can do it!

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  19. @AnonymousThank you so much! Im glad you like it!

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  20. @AnonymousYour so welcome! Thank you for taking the time to check it out!

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  21. This is gorgeous! Do you sell them??

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  22. I looked for your etsy shop and did not find anything. I need to purchase a curtain! :-)

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  23. Christie Bunck7/17/2012 05:01:00 PM

    I really want to purchase this shower curtain!!!!! How do I do it?

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  24. Same here, would like to know how much you would sell something like this for?

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  25. I would like to purchase this shower curtain, too! Will you do a custom listing? Please! :)

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  26. I want this too!! How much would you charge??

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  27. This is a rip off of my friends tutorial she made years ago on her blog elleapparel. It saddens me how people think they can use other peoples ideas and call it their own.

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  28. Actually, I've NEVER heard of your friend's blog. Maybe she's not as popular as you might think. This idea is a copy of a shower curtain I saw on Anthropologie.com. Maybe your friend saw it too? I'm sure she was not the first one to ever think of putting ruffles on a curtain. It saddens me how other rush to conclusions and make rash judgements. I never claimed this as an original idea. I just wanted to show people how to do it if they wanted to do it themselves based on how I would do it.

    For all those asking about me selling these curtains: Im not selling them at this time due to the amount of work they are and the lack of time I have. Sorry! I know there are many on Etsy who do sell them though (I wonder if Anonymous knows about them ripping off her friend too?? lol!), and of course there is Anthropologie.

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  29. This curtain is Beautiful. Anonymous was harsh in her comment and basically accused you of stealing. Wow. I searched the web and found many ruffle shower curtains from pottery barn to urban outfitters and many more. Àlso there are many tutorials on ruffle shower curtains. Anonymous' friend does a ruffle shower curtain but doesn't claim to have been the originator of the idea. She says she got the inspiration from anthropology also. She calls the curtain " anthropology ruffle shower curtain". Seems like she has infringed on that company's name and product. So not sure why anonymous was so rude to you. You are talented as is her friend. Plenty of room for tutorials out there for those of us searching. Thanks. Again Beautiful curtain.

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  30. I think its hilarious that someone accused you of stealing this, I see ruffled shower curtains/ curtains everywhere even Target. I really appreciate you sharing this, I really want to make curtains/ possibly a comforter. Just wondering if anyone could tell me around how much this cost them in the end? Thanks!

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  31. tiffany bowles1/16/2013 04:51:00 PM

    i have always thought about making one i see it a while back on someting but my question is how long and wide to u need to make the fabric that ur are ruffleing i dont use a sewing mechine i do everything by hand i think its so much easier

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  32. Hi I love the shower curtains. I am a begginer sewer,so in step 2 why would you cut the fabric into 9 in and then sew them together when you have 3 yards of fabric and not cut one long strip instead. Sorry this maybe a stupid question fo you but I just don't get it. Remember i am a begginer. :-) Is there a step missing?


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  33. Anonymous 1/19/13... the strips I think are 9in. wide by 3 yards. I think she sews them all together to make hemming and ruffling easier. This is why you have to cut it and hem it on sides as you go. Hope I'm right and hope this helps. I am going to wait on this project until I get a ruffle foot for my machine. lol so not going to attempt all them ruffles until then.

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    1. also it takes quite a bit of material to ruffle... lol

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  34. My daughter has been begging me to make this for her... and after seeing this tutorial, I may have to actually attempt it! I envisioned hours and days and weeks of gathering and gathering - but they have a "gathering attachment"!?!?!(http://youtu.be/Boo0OZzvGLM) I have apparently been under a rock! I can't wait to get this attachment and start the project! It does take a lot of fabric, but with a cheap foundation, and some 50% coupons, it might not be so bad... Thanks for the inspiration... and the clarity!

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  35. What is your etsy shop called

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  36. Would you make me one?!!?! My little girl wants a solid pink one for her bathroom and everyone one I see on etsy is very expensive and doesn't look at pretty as yours. I have tried to find you on etsy but I have no idea what you shop is and I commented on your blog before but got no response. Could you email me maybe marleer19@aol.com

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  37. Thanks so much for posting your instructions on how you made this! I love it and have already purchased and washed all of the fabric. I have one question, what setting did you have your ruffle foot set to? Mine let's me choose how full the ruffles turn out. Thanks again!

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  38. I'm so glad you are going to give it a shot! It takes quite a bit of work, but if you hang in there you should have a beautiful curtain! :) Honestly I don't remember what I had it set on. :( I'd pull it out and look if we weren't moving and I didn't have everything packed up. I always have it set on the same thing.......I'm wanting to say a 1, but I can't be positive. Sorry!

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  39. You are so very sweet to want to help everyone! It doesn't matter who did what first....but as women we should want to help everyone out there. Again I say thank you!!!!

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  40. This is amazing you did a good job. I really love it.

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  41. If I wanted to make this as a curtain in two pieces, should I just make these, then cut it in half and hem the edges?

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  42. So with no ruffle foot for my machine pretty much I have to do it the old fashioned of basting stitch and pulling to ruffle it?

    Thinking I might see if I can get a ruffle foot for mine... My daughter wants one of these super bad....

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  43. My ruffler foot & I do not get along at all!!! But your link seems to not be working. :(

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  44. The Anthropologie shower curtain is beautiful. I've seen other tutorials, but none that turned out as pretty as yours. Maybe because it has more ruffles. Maybe the fabric?? What kind of fabric did you use?

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