Ruffled curtains: The Tutorial

Last week I showed y’all the reveal of my own little spa, and lots of you commented and emailed (and some even called) me about a tutorial for the curtains. They are really easy.

First you need to determine what size curtain you need for your window. You’ll need a “base” (or a piece that covers the whole curtain), and you’ll need to cut strips for the ruffles.

Determine how many rows of ruffles you want, then measure the length of the curtain and add 2 inches for each ruffle. Divide the number of ruffles by the total inches to figure out how long you want the ruffles. Your ruffle fabric should be 4x the width of the base, so that you have plenty of gathering room. Confusing enough? Welllll… I just eyeballed it. No joke. I’m way too lazy to do all that math (I do have an English degree, after all 🙂

Make sure to add enough to the top of the length to make a pocket rod – then fold it and sew it down before you get to the ruffly part.
Do you have a ruffler? If you do: run it through the ruffler.
If not: ruffle it by hand. By hand is slower, but still works pretty well.
Once your ruffles are ready, overlap the bottom of the base
 fabric by an inch or so and pin it down all the way across.
Sew the ruffle down to the base fabric.
Lay your second set of ruffles down about 2 inches
over the top of the last row, then pin them down.
Now sew that down. Rinse and repeat all the way to the top of the curtain.
I left the top edge of my curtain at the bottom of the hem pocket.
And there you have it! Mine took about 30 minutes because
I used a ruffler, but you could still do it pretty quickly doing it by hand.
how to make ruffled curtains
Thank you for all the sweet comments on my curtains – so glad you liked them 🙂


Looking for more curtain ideas? You can find them in my DIY Curtain Ideas Gallery

About Gina Luker

Gina Luker is a writer, photographer and lover of all things quirky. She's usually found with a drill in one hand and a cocktail in the other while blogging along the way. She's addicted to coffee, polka dots, rock stars, Instagram, and everything aqua.


  1. Oooh, LOVE them! Those are sooo sweet!

  2. Your little ruffled curtain is adorable! So sweet. Thank you for hosting!

  3. The curtains are beautiful–looks like I need a ruffler! I think this would be a pretty shower curtain or bedskirt idea, too! Thanks for hosting the party!

  4. Looks like the piece I just posted about would be a perfect fit for your little spa, Gina. The curtains are fabulous!

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  5. Your curtains are gorgeous. I’m loving your new bathroom. Thanks for hosting again this week.

  6. What a cute curtain. Sometimes I wish I could sew! Thanks for hosting this blog party.

  7. that curtain looks gorgeous! perfect in that room with the rest of your decor.

  8. What a wonderful idea for curtains…love them! Hope you are having a great week…hugs…Debbie

  9. I am joining your great party for the first time. Thank you for hosting. I look forward to seeing lots of neat posts. Thanks, Ginger

  10. ooooo Love those curtains!

  11. Beautiful Curtains!
    Thanks for hosting the party!

  12. Those are some adorable curtains!

  13. Oh my gosh I LOVE them!!!! Great job! 🙂

    Thanks for hosting! 🙂

  14. I loved the curtains you made. So stinkin’ cute! Happy Thursday to ya!

  15. Those ruffled curtains look so airy and fresh…just lovely! Happy Holidays!

  16. How sweet and adorable! I do custom sewing for the home for a living so I have another way to make those ruffles that might save some time, rather than doing them by hand. If you have a zig zag stitch on your sewing machine… do a zig zag over dental floss. Stitch over and secure the end of it first. When you’re done, just pull the dental floss and you have a ruffle! You can also use a heavy thread like a button thread if you don’t have dental floss on hand 😉


  17. Yes you owed us a tutorial for those curtains! You can’t make something that stunning and not share.

  18. Great curtains!

    If people are making this and they don’t have a ruffle foot, you can still make gathers by turning your machine so it makes the longest stitches and by loosening the bottom tension. Leave a long end of thread on each end before you sew. Then pull the thread for ruffles. You will have to adjust by hand, but it’s way more time saving than sewing the thread on by hand.

  19. Thanks so much for hosting each week! I linked up my ruffley headband tutorial! Hope you have a great day!

  20. That turned out fantastic!!

  21. The curtains are awesome : )) thanks .. I am following you from

  22. Everything is cuter with a ruffle! And, lots and lots of them is even better! So darn cute.

    Warm blessings,

  23. How cute!!!
    I don’t do math either. I was an English major too 🙂

  24. Gina, those ruffle curtains are GORGEOUS!!! I had to laugh about skipping the math. I’m the same way. 😉 Too confusing!


  26. Love the ruffled curtains! Thanks for hosting such a nice party with so many inspirational ideas.

  27. Newest Linker & Follower. So much amazing stuff!! 🙂

  28. Simply great!

  29. Hi!

    Amazing blog you got there 😀 I love it!
    So I’m a new follower 🙂

    Maybe you can check out my blog as well, some time, and become a follower? I would like that 🙂

    Thanks 🙂 And keep up the good work!

  30. What kind of fabric did you use? Did you leave it all unhemmed?

  31. Just saw this on sewdangcute, LOVE the idea. thanks for the inspiration!

  32. Just wanted you to know that I was inspired by your ruffled curtains and I made my own out of painter’s cloth. Thanks!

  33. Thanks so much for the curtain tute! I know it’s an old post, but I wanted this exact look for my little girl’s room, so typed in ruffle curtains on pinterest and low and behold I wound up here and I’m like, “hey, I know her!!” Well okay, so you feel like you “know” someone in blogland when you party with them every week!! 🙂 Here’s how our’s turned out if you’re interested:

  34. So pretty! I think it looks lovely in a bathroom with so many hard lines. Very romantic indeed.
    Thanks for sharing.

  35. Dianne Johnson says:

    This looks perfect for my kitchen door window. Thanks for sharing. I can’t wait to try it.

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