DIY Waterfall Curtains

Since the day I found our “waterfall” shower curtain

I have been in love with the with it’s textured style. It’s fun yet adds a subtle softness. It adds femininity to a room without taking the “girliness” over the top.

So when I began trying to decide what type of curtain would fit best in our master bedroom, this style automatically came to mind. Here is the DIY result…

I only used the waterfall style on the very top in order to keep the curtain from looking too full and overwhelming our only window. This is a fairly easy project (especially if you have quite a bit of sewing experience). Since the curtain is made from an ordinary white bed- sheet, half of the work it already done for you! Let’s get started!

*First, you need to figure what sized sheet you will need: king, queen, full, or twin. This part will honestly have to rely on your best judgement. How large is your window? Do you want a full curtain or a curtain that takes up a little less space? How many layers of ruffles do you want? How large will you make the ruffles? If you are wanting to make one similar to the one in our room, go with a queen sized sheet. You will also need a twin size to make the ruffles.

*Trim the curtain (bedsheet) to the length needed for your window. Again, this is left to your preference… After you have your curtain the proper length, hem up the bottom to prevent unraveling. A word of warning: If you trim from the sides of your sheet, you’ll have to do extra hemming on those sides, in addition to the bottom. A second word of warning: cut the BOTTOM of the sheet. Most sheets will have a thick area at the top that is doubled over for aesthetic purposes. This is a perfect area to slip in your curtain rod after your curtain is finished. Don’t cut this area!!!

*Cut a twin sized sheet into strips going from top to bottom. The height of the strips (you guessed it!) is totally up to you. Here is a fairly simple strategy for getting the strips even.

-Fold over the desired width of the strip at the top of the sheet. I used 10 inch
strips.

-Pin each side of the folded area to the bottom area of the sheet. Measure the
center of the folded strip to make sure it is the same as the ends.

                       -Holding the open part of the folded strip with one hand, start cutting the
fold.

When you are finished cutting, you should have a strip that is fairly even on both ends. For each ruffle you plan to put on your curtain, you will need 2 strips. (For 2 ruffles, cut 4 strips.)

*Sew the short side of 2 strips together. You will have to hem one long side (which will be the bottom of your ruffle) in order to prevent it from unraveling. The top does not need hemming. Repeat with any remaining strips.

*At this point, you will need to break the seams in the area you through which you will put your curtain rod. Most sheets have a doubled-over area at the top that looks like this:

See where my finger is pointing? That is the seam you will need to break. Once the seam is broken, the sides of the fold are open. It is the perfect spot for a curtain rod.

*Now pin the edges of your first long strip of fabric (unhemmed  side to the top) to the curtain. Line up the top corners of your strip with the top corners of your curtain and pin them. Find the center of your strip and pin it to the top center of the curtain, lining up the top edge. There is a large amount of fabric in between the pins, right? This extra fabric will be used to add the ruffled look to your fabric strips. Pin the center of each section of strip to the area in between the pins on the curtain. This step is important because it allows you to sew your ruffles without getting an extremely uneven amount of one side compared to the other. When you sew, the extra fabric in each section should be used to create ruffles before you get to the next pin.

*Time to sew! This part is fairly self-explanatory. Start from the left side and begin to sew each section. In order to create the ruffled effect, pinch a small amount of fabric and fold it to the side. Then sew over the folded fabric. If you find you are getting to the end of a pinned section and have too much or too little fabric to keep a constant distance between the folded ruffles, adjust the distance between them. It is better to have a small area that has more or less ruffles than to completely run out or have too much at the end of the curtain.

* Yay! One ruffle down! Now, repeat and repeat until you get the desired number of ruffles on your curtain. Just remember, the more layer of ruffles you add, the fuller your curtain may appear. That may be gorgeous on a large window, but it may be a bit overwhelming for a small window.

If you have leftover strips, use them as tie-backs for your curtain!

Have you tried this project? Do you plan to make your own “waterfall” curtain in the future? Head on over to the SBH Facebook page and show off your creations!

 

 

 

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