How to make a ruffle curtain from bedsheets
Materials for an extra long ruffle curtain
1 double flat sheet
1 king flat sheet
1 queen flat sheet
Wash sheets in hot water and dry on high heat, this way if they are going to shrink it will happen before you sew them. Iron sheets if needed.
Cut out a total of 16 strips from the length of the Queen and King flat sheets.
Don't worry about the length of the queen being shorter than the King the difference should be minimal.
3 strips 9 inches wide
10 strips 8 inches wide
3 strips 7 inches wide
The double sheet was used as the actual curtain. Opening the ends at the top of the 4" will allow you to slide the your curtain rod throughout it or if you are really handy you could sew button holes on the hem.
For each of the cut strips use an iron to press a hem around the sides and bottom, I found this made it much easier to sew. I then sewed them all and zig zagged the top of each strip twice.
Do a loose and wide stitch about a quarter of a inch down from the zig zagging stitch, once this is completed, gently tug on the back tread and bunch together your ruffle.
Repeat for all 16 ruffles.
Measure from the bottom 9" for your first ruffle. Make this ruffle tighter or looser to fit the width of the double sheet, pin on ruffle, then sew.
The next two - 9" ruffles I measured 7" from the top of the last ruffle and added the ruffles.
For the 8" ruffles I measured 6" from the top of the last ruffle and kept on adding until they were all sewn on.
For the 7" I measured 5" from the top of the last ruffle.
Once all the ruffles are sewn, stitch the sides of the opening on the double sheet by hand.
It looked like a huge wedding dress towards the end, swear I would never do it again, but here I am making curtains only a lot shorter for the guest room!
HINT: Make sure you use good quality thread, if you use the cheap thread it will break when pulling the bottom thread of the ruffles.
Thanks mom! xoxox