Dust Ruffle = Curtains?

I am going to be a Grandma for the first time soon. To say I’m excited is to put it mildly!

So when my daughter asked me to help her decorate the nursery, of course I jumped at the chance.

The problem?

My son-in-law is a HUGE Florida State fan and he has asked that my grandson’s room be a Seminoles room – decked out in their colors of garnet and gold.

This is where my daughter is a much better wife than me…she said yes.

This has proven to be a huge challenge. There isn’t much baby stuff in garnet and gold! Oh and have I mentioned that the budget is ….CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP? They live in a rental so paining the walls is out of the question.

We worked on the nursery this weekend and I have to tell you..it is starting to come together!

I found this dust ruffle for $1.00 at that Habitat yard sale that I got the ugly lamps.

Now putting the dust ruffle on the bed in the room that needs a dust ruffle would seem like the easy answer, but my daughter and I didn’t like that…so we made them into curtains!

Here’s how we did it. We had to start with some visualization by hanging the dust ruffle on the widow. The dust ruffle idea actually came after I first hung a dish towel up there for some inspiration. Trust me, this looked much better.

My daughter doesn’t own a sewing machine or even a seam ripper, so we had to get creative! First, I simply cut the patterned part of the fabric off the dust ruffle.

Next I ironed the fabric with a heavy starch, and cut it to just beyond width of the windows. My daughter didn’t want the curtains too gathered – this is a boy’s room and she thought the gathered approach looked “girly”. So we kept the curtains pretty straight across.

Since I didn’t have a sewing machine, I simply ironed the “hem” on the side of the curtain and top of the curtain. (The bottom already had a hem since it was the bottom of the dust ruffle.) My daughter had found some curtain rods on clearance at Target, and we bought some cheap rings to hang the curtains. Here’s the finished product!

They were so easy and really have inspired us for the rest of the room…

I will keep you updated as this room evolves…and my son-in-law’s smile gets even bigger…

Have you ever made curtains out of a dust ruffle or something else creative?


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8 responses to “Dust Ruffle = Curtains?

  1. I like the way you work inspired house wife! the room is going to be very cute!
    I made curtains from the muslin lining off of an old pair of drapes. I made two window treatments from that fabric. It was too plain for me so I stamped large leaf shapes all over it in two different colors of green! We used them in our bedroom for a while until I changed the color scheme!
    Love your creative make do attitude… that’s the funnest way to decorate isn’t it?

  2. What a great idea for curtains on a budget! I think they turned out great, I love the curtain rod and rings as well!


  3. Tara

    I got a sewing machine for Christmas (courtesy of my mother-in-law) and I plan on making curtains for our nursery. What kind of curtain rings are these? Did you need to make holes in the fabric, or do these just clip to the fabric? Thanks!


    • We bought cheap black curtain rings at Target – found in the same section as curtain rods. Just make sure you buy them big enough to go over your curtain rod. I didn’t make any holes in the fabric – the curtain rings come with clips. I just folded and pressed the fabric down (again no sewing on these) and clipped the fabric to the ring. Doesn’t get any easier than that. Good luck!

  4. Kristen B

    Looks great! I have made curtains from Dust Ruffles for my son’s room as well. Sheets and other bedding are just great options for making inexpensive window treatements. Looking forward to seeing the rest of the room as it evolves!

  5. What a great idea! I’ve had some gorgeous bedskirts given to me, and I’ve been brainstorming ideas. I thought about using the eyelet ones for a skirt for my 5-year-old daughter, but that’s about as far as I’ve gotten. This is a great idea, and I’ll be filing it away for future reference!

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